GeoBarns comes to Eastman

Geobarns is excited to see a foundation nearing completion for a new project at Eastman, a beautiful conservation-oriented community in New Hampshire.  Two barn volumes will be connected with a large monitor cupola.  The home is oriented toward a spectacular forest site (best viewed in October, apparently), and the house has a very unusual feature we’ll discuss in later posts.  Stay tuned.


Glastonbury barn addition: living and learning

One of the most challenging projects we have undertaken was the demolition and rebuilding of the upper level of a gorgeously sited home in Glastonbury–to be followed immediately with a barn addition after also demolishing their unattractive garage.  After completing the house project–the clients wisely decided to wait a year to finish off the interior and take a break from the intense construction chaos.  With the break and maintaining a stairwell in the area where the two buildings are to attach–we somehow managed upon our return to get the vertical measurements wrong–with the result that all the posts were about 8″ too short….a mistake with serious implications.  We also had three of us working on the design–creating some additional confusion–but our clients have shown us considerable grace in the midst of this and we have also made significant and creative efforts to rectify the consequential problems.  We all knew that working with an existing structure would be a challenge–as well as the delay of almost two years–so facing a few more problems than usual was not a complete surprise.

On the other hand–the house is a jewel and has transformed their property–as will the now built from the ground up matching garage with rec room above.  The property borders the east side of the CT river wetlands with beautiful sunsets over the marshes, and is far enough back from Main Street to be free of noise and commotion while maintaining a wonderful site view in both directions.  Our clients have been committed and courageous indeed to tackle such an enormous project while living there…and we are thrilled to be a part of utterly transforming their home.

We are also actively maintaining our Facebook page so all you Facebookers can find more info there….and those of you with barns we have built are welcome to share your own…


BARNstorming Connecticut

George and I barnstormed through Connecticut to see a unique Geobarn project underway for about two weeks: a tricky garage addition to a Geobarn-home we built about a year ago.  We arrived to find our ace carpenters Dennis and Theron at work on a magnificent fall day.  Check out the cantilevered porch, and the cupola about to spring out of the central bay of the structure.

We also got a chance to revisit a super-insulated and super-charming Geobarn home in Litchfield, CT.  The Outwater family has moved in, while periodically bringing in tile craftsmen and kitchen counters and all of the finishing touches.  The house is looking very sharp, with a nice clean kitchen and bath, and a terrific cupola lighting up the entry, and Tom reports $15/week in propane heated their whole home through last February’s extreme cold snap!



Lake Erie auto barn day 25: leaving with love

As I mentioned in the last post….usually we look forward to winding down in the last week taking some time to enjoy the fruit of our labor….which was not to be here with the addition of six large garage doors and the arrival of the late ordered windows for the lakeside gable….all of which we were able to make and install–trim and all….exhausted by 3:00 pm Friday afternoon.   I got in the Winnebago, after loading the Volvo on Howards’ trailer–and drove home 500 miles by midnight…bliss to sleep in my own bed….

Of course I had a good cry…leaving a place where beauty shines everywhere and we poured our hearts and souls into this building to make it worthy of our client’s trust in us and the location it graced.  The last day was filled with capstones…the French Hardware on the winch beam,  loading the Volvo, trimming out the last windows just arrived on site, and the last doors hung on a shell that is at least half doors anyway……..and leaving down the driveway with the rear mirror piercing my heart.

Myron and Joey were there of course–two men as solid as the earth and the Amish faith that steadies their way which I humbly admire.  We also got a fine article published in the local paper and already have a half dozen calls and emails from folks wanting a Geobarn there and elsewhere…so it looks like we’ll be back soon for a long while doing what we love to do.

For now–tremulous and tired–it is good to be home.