A sustainably designed barn house was skillfully conceived by Moger Mehrhof Architects, nestled on a 10-acre property in Chester County, Pennsylvania. This beautiful farmhouse is blanketed by mature growth trees, creating a beautiful surrounding to enjoy this countryside home. A team of professionals worked on this home to conceptualize every details before beginning the construction process. The architect even went so far as to camp on the property to gain a better understanding of the site. This three-story residence is comprised of 6,000 square feet of living space, formed with an insulated concrete framework. There are a total of four bedrooms and three-and-a-half bathrooms in this inviting dwelling. The design of this home makes full use of reclaimed materials, energy-efficient features such as photovoltaic panels, radiant heat flooring, geothermal heat pump and the implementation of metal grates for passive air circulation.
Side Note: To see more about this home and the full construction process, visit the architects personal blog here.
Above: The entryway door was custom designed featuring Rocky Mountain Hardware to polish off the welcoming presentation.
What We Love: First off, can we just say how much we love barn houses! They seem to be an in trend right now, but still, there is something about them that is just magical… plenty of warmth, very homey. We have featured several, and this barn house is no exception. It features a gorgeous exterior facade comprised of varying materials to give it a very unique aesthetic. This entire home is so relaxing, surrounded by a private, peaceful wooded setting. With reclaimed materials and clean lines, there is so much to love about this home. The fireplace in the living room invites you to sit down and stay awhile. We can just imagine spending the evening here relaxing on that plush leather sofa… how about you, what is your favorite part of this home?
Above: The flooring is a blend of white and red oak. Tung oil, which is environmentally friendly, has been applied to give the wood a lustrous and beautiful finish.
Above: This striking custom designed furniture has been comprised of sand-blasted barn wood.
Above: In keeping with the authentic farmhouse feel, the architects added a sliding barn door into this hallway space. It helps to create a visual separation of the main living area from the stairwell/hallway. The barn wood was sourced from a local salvage yard, while the door hardware can be found here. The wire guard wall sconce seen above the door can be found at Hudson Valley Lighting Company.
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Above: The beautiful hickory flooring in the guest bedroom was reclaimed from the job site and locally milled. A sliding barn door separates the bedroom from the en-suite bathroom. In the bathroom, a custom designed reclaimed oak vanity takes center stage. The flooring transitions to porcelain tile, perfectly suited for a bathroom.
Above: This spacious master bath showcases a fieldstone accent wall behind the custom vanity (it is actually the top of the chimney connecting from the family room below). The sink is poured concrete (any local concrete manufacturer can fabricate one similar). Flanking either side of the vanity are Archway Drum Fix light fixtures, sourced from here. A mirror with sliding barn door flat track hardware helps authenticate the farmhouse aesthetic. The cool thing about this look? The mirror can have hidden storage behind it! A large glass-enclosed shower gives a nice spa-like feel the space.
Above: This powder bath features sandblasted Plexiglas that is illuminated by LED lights. A timer sets this space aglow at sunset. Surrounding the exterior of the bathroom is horizontal strips of reclaimed barn wood, creating a visually striking affect. Don’t you think?
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Above: The exterior facade features a mix of materials including corrugated metal siding, recycled content that is clad horizontally, cypress siding (reverse board & batten), and stucco beneath (knocked down finish). The lakeside vessel wall sconce was sourced from here.
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Photos: Jeffrey Totoro Photography