Summer has finally arrived in Maine, and we are making the most of the weather to put the finishing touches on a timber frame garage and workshop space. Drawn by Theodore and Theodore Architects in nearby Arrowsic, the little barn sits on a spectacular pastoral site with expansive views of the Kennebec River in three directions.
While the barn takes architectural cues from the adjacent traditional New England farmhouse, those Barn Red boards (not kidding: it’s a Benjamin Moore color) are hiding some cutting-edge insulation and air-sealing techniques, while a rain-screen behind the clapboards will allow for excellent moisture management in the wall assembly. Custom site-built windows with EPDM rubber gaskets from Conservation Technologies–complemented by generously-sized double-hungs from Loewen, a high-performance Canadian manufacturer–will keep the drafts out in the winter, but for now, we’re appreciating how cool and comfortable the insulation keeps the barn in the heat of summer. We’ve been inside for a couple of days working on the unique sliding double doors, and we couldn’t be happier with the building’s performance!
By the end of next week, we should have the doors and the remainder of the siding wrapped up, and we’ll tackle a handful of minor punch-list items before we’ll be off and running to the next job… Stay tuned!