Qualified Remodeler Magazine

APR 2019

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OLD barns tend to age well, at least struc- turally. With large timbers supporting the walls and ceilings, they are sturdy and very adaptable. They are also very charming. To clients, their old barns are familiar, even comforting forms on the landscape. For all of these reasons and others, barns are oƁen repurposed into a multitude of uses. They become offices, art studios, pool houses and guest quarters. In fact, there is a sense of freedom and fun in designing and remodeling detached struc- tures of any type, says Dan Contelmo of Daniel Contelmo Architects in Poughkeepsie, New York. "It seems like every year I am designing the remodel of a detached structure, and I really en- joy working on them because clients tend to bring a different attitude for this type of project than they would their everyday residence," Contelmo explains. "They are spaces that are meant for re- laxing and family enjoyment, so the design of a detached structure can be equally enjoyable. "And because the buildings are usually smaller, clients can make more of a statement," he adds. "The new space can be be something that has a lot of detail and stands out. Or maybe it is something like this project that can be very simple, and the beauty is its simplicity. You can see from some of the photos where it's sitting in a snowstorm with the lights on, and it's a little jewel in the landscape. That's why I really enjoy doing these." The owners of this barn had previously remod- eled their main house with Contelmo, and now they were circling back with him to finish the barn. It was a continuation of the original project, three years later. One drawback of old barns, from a remodeling standpoint, is that they are frequently unpredict- able and filled with surprises, both good and bad. In good condition, old barns can be blank slates Barn to Loft Conversion Daniel Contelmo Architects and Roth Woodworking collaborate to create a true weekend retreat out of a 100-year-old storage barn. by Patrick O'Toole MASTER DESIGN AWARDS 2018 DETACHED STRUCTURE SILVER COMPANY INFORMATION Architect: Daniel Contelmo Architects, Poughkeepsie, N.Y. dtarchitects.com Contractor: Darrin Roth, Roth Woodworking, Pleasant Valley, N.Y. PROJECT INFORMATION Name: Creative Loft Location: Stanfordville, N.Y. Square footage before: 1,430 Square footage after: 1,536 Total cost: $400,000 PRODUCT INFORMATION Siding: James Hardie Roofing: Galvalume Windows: C.R. Laurence Co. Inc., Tubelite Inc. Multislide door: Solar Innovations Cabinets: Jem Woodworking Appliances: GE Appliances Flooring: 7-in. heart pine tongue- and-groove boards QualifiedRemodeler.com April 2019 27

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