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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interior. Contelmo explains that insulation needed to be added to either the interior walls or to the exterior walls, so a choice was required; it could not be both. In the end, the clients chose to fill the interior walls with spray-foam insulation and to cover them with the old wood reclaimed from the barn's exterior. The new exterior cladding selected was a classic profile from Jame Hardie's collection of fiber cement boards. The roof of the structure also required design at- tention. Its existing tin roof was torn off and boards underneath were replaced. Exterior insulation was added and capped by a standing-seam metal roof. There was plenty of good, old-fashioned wood working involved as well. Roth built the new lean- to, which houses an exterior shower. In addition, Roth built all of the home's exterior doors, includ- ing the rolling barn doors. The main level of the finished retreat offers many uses. There is a kitchen and dining area, a pool table and a large grand piano. The small loƁ above the kitchen and bath sections is large enough to house two king-sized beds on either side of the ladder entry. Custom- made shutters close off the sleeping quarters at night. Cast-iron curtain rods offer additional pri- vacy in the sleeping areas. The piano is purposefully situated near the multislide doors closest to the main residence. In the summer, the family rolls open the barn doors and the multislide to reveal the piano. Chairs and benches are put out on the lawn near the entrance to the barn so musical performances can be staged. Signature Window Package The windows designed for the building are Contelmo's signature design element. They allow 12 feet of views and light on the south and east walls of the main floor. And, significantly, they extend down from the main floor into the ground level spaces. These windows help give the finished barn two different impressions depending on if you are view- ing it during the day or at night. During the day, the large window walls that encompass the ground floor and upper level of the structure give the build- ing a commercial, almost industrial feel. At night, with the interior lights illuminated, two separate floors are revealed giving it a homey, jewel-box feel. A national commercial window manufacturer, C.R. Laurence Co. Inc., supplied parts while a local glass shop, Standard Glass, fabricated the heavy structural window frames on-site. Some of the fixed-pane windows were also cut and installed locally. Each window wall has one operable awning for air-flow purposes. The daylight and the vast views over the wide- open landscape transformed the space from an ordi- nary renovation and repurpose project to something approaching a piece of art that you can live in. LOWER LEVEL MAIN LEVEL AFTER AFTER BEFORE BEFORE QualifiedRemodeler.com April 2019 31

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