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Private Residence

Rohrer Studio

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dmadsen, hanley wood, llc

Project Name

Private Residence

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2,200 sq. feet


  • James P. Suttner




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Project Description

Project Goals: This 2,200 conversion of a horse stable into a three bedroom residence gave the historic building a new lease on life. The two story concrete and wood framed, turn of the century horse stable had fallen into disrepair and needed substantial improvements. The clients desired three bedrooms with shared living space, while preserving and celebrating the original building fabric. The small footprint was an initial challenge, but the design accommodated all the program elements. Individual rooms were kept modest, but given a spacious feel by maximizing views and connections to the landscape. The efficient approach enabled an adjacent storage building to be refurbished as part of the project. Solutions: • Limited alterations and careful restoration of exterior concrete walls, slate roofs, wood doors and trim maintain the historic integrity of the building, while addressing functional needs. • Interior concrete walls, wood floor and roof framing are left exposed defining the character of the interior. • Doors, hardware, stairs, trim and details, such as the original riding saddle wall brackets, were preserved and integrated into the interior design. • Roof insulation added between the roof framing is concealed with painted bead board extending from the ridge to the floor. The bottoms of the rafters remain exposed and unfinished between the recessed bead board infill. • A new terrace at south side of the building extends living spaces into the site. The terrace’s retaining wall is clad with stone salvaged from a former building on the site. • An infill system of doors, sidelights and transoms fills the former barn door opening, allowing access and light. The original barn doors are refurbished and hung inside the opening and work as shutters. • Roof top ventilation monitors are converted to light monitors allowing natural light into the bedrooms.
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