Converting a Dairy Barn from the 1850s Into a House

by hookedonhouses on July 16, 2012

When I heard about this award-winning barn conversion in Princeton, New Jersey, I had to find interior photos of it. There’s something about barn houses that have always kind of fascinated me. The Tulane Barn was built in 1850 and originally converted into a house in the 1980s, but it was in bad shape.

Enter John Hutchison of Chesapeake Architects, who said they basically gutted the interiors and started with a clean slate. Here’s how it looks now:

The Chestertown Spy reports: “The new owners wanted to expose as much of the historic architecture as possible, and yet reduce the energy costs of heating and cooling such a huge open space. It took him a year to work out all the details. He designed five primary living spaces, each thermally isolated from each other.”

The new design cut their energy costs in half.

The Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the American Institute of Architects awarded Hutchison a Merit Award for Architectural Excellence for the Tulane Barn remodeling: “We enjoy this project for the respect it shows for existing structure, yet it is unafraid to contrast the older structure with new and exciting architectural elements.”

A blue Lacanche range sits in the kitchen:

The kitchen counters are Bucks County Soapstone.

Gotta love the wide-plank pine floors.

The barn reno cost about $800,000 and took two years from start to finish. The owners lived here the whole time, moving from one side to the other to accommodate the workers.

Shortly after it was finished, however, they had to relocate to the West Coast. The house sold in February of this year for $1.75 million. (These photos were from the listing.)

The house has 5 bedrooms, 4 baths, and 3,456 square feet.

It sits on 1.34 acres. The cedar roof was replaced with slate tiles.

Like it? You can see more photos on architect John Hutchison’s Flickr page, at Chesapeake Architects, and the former listing on Zillow. You can read more about the conversion at The Chestertown Spy. (Thanks to Kim for telling me about it!)

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