Qualified Remodeler Magazine

APR 2019

Qualified Remodeler helps independent remodeling firms to survive, become more professional and more profitable by providing must-have business information, namely best business practices, new product information and timely design ideas.

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As is the case with most barns, they are fre- quently built into hillsides out of utility. That way, hay and other items were rolled in or loaded without hoists. The same is true of this structure. A stone retaining wall and foundation had been shored up with additional concrete at some point in its past. Contelmo tore out the old concrete and poured a new backup foundation. He also added new footings. From there, he made sure the timber frame was solid. Rather than depend on old nails and mortise-and-tenon joints, Contelmo and his contractor partner, Darrin Roth of Roth Woodworking of Pleasant Valley, New York, commissioned custom-made steel connectors for every major joint in the structure. The custom sizing was required because each timber was a different size, so off-the-shelf products would not have worked, Contelmo explains. In the end, every inch of the structure had to be improved before any of the program could be installed. Asked specifically about two rows of onto which many very different programs can be designed. But frequently they've seen many uses over their long lives. In very old barns, bays get ad- justed to accommodate new uses. [See the March 2016 cover story about a 1790s barn near Boston for reference.] More recent vintages tend to be an accumulation of beams and timbers. Indeed, prep- ping an old barn and getting it in shape and ready for new uses can be a big project in itself. For this upstate New York barn, its best working days were long gone. An adjoining structure with a silhouetted gambrel roof still showing had been removed, leaving a chunk of the wall missing. When Contelmo and team first visited the site, the struc - ture was so filled with dilapidated farm equipment and other items that they could not physically get into the building to fully take stock of it. By the time the place was cleared out, a design agreement was in place, and they decided to plough ahead despite misgivings about the condition of the foundation and some uneven walls and surfaces. "WHEN WE WALKED INTO THIS BUILDING, THERE WAS NO CONTINUITY. THERE WERE RANDOM BEAMS ALL OVER THE PLACE—NOTHING WAS CONSISTENT ABOUT IT." Dan Contelmo, Daniel Contelmo Architects BEFORE Renovated and improved old barns often prove to be very adaptable for a multitude of uses. Architect Dan Contelmo has learned that they can also hide expensive flaws, such as a poor foundation. In this project, custom-made structural connectors along with a new foundation helped solve those issues. DESIGN SOLUTIONS 28 April 2019 QualifiedRemodeler.com

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