The barn presented its own set of challenges. “It was pretty much falling down,”
says Joseph Valle, chief executive officer of
The Valle Group. “The floor on the second
story was completely beat up and ready to go
through the ceiling beams on the lower level.”
The goal was to create an open area on the
main level where Kert could do woodworking
and painting projects, with a storage area for
large items. Upstairs was to be her office.
Valle’s team insulated the building, adding heat and air conditioning.
A dormer was installed with
seven historically correct windows. The cupola was carefully
removed, restored to its original
condition, and placed back on top of the barn.
Behind the sliding barn doors, now
painted a striking red, is an innovative
NanaWall glass door system that brings in
sunlight and enables easy passage.
Now that she and Charles have lived on
the property for more than a year, they can
say their house and barn rescue was worth the
“It’s such a special space,” says Kert.
“It’s hard to believe now how bare bones and
falling apart it was before.”
the barn doors, painted a cheery red, roll
open to reveal a Nana Wall glass door
system (left). The new shed dormer has a
series of divided awning windows that
seem architecturally appropriate for the
old building and allow lots of natural light
into the second-floor office space (above
left). On the lower level, simple wood
shelves by the stairway (above right) pick
up on the rustic vibe.