Preserving America's Past
Beautifully restored and now a multi-functional garage and family recreation center
(see the "before" photo below)
Old Barns are such an important part of America and our history . . .
They are a reminder of our heritage, of the strength and
perseverance of those who came before us.
The timbers in many of these old barns were harvested from ancient
forests and hewn to size with hand tools. They have survived through
many generations and, while all around them has changed, they have
They bring our past into the present and remind us of our traditions -
they reassure us with their permanence and reinforce our connection
with the land.
They are worth preserving . . .
This is a "Before" photo of the restored barn pictured above
From Forlorn .....
To Fabulous .....
A beautiful old bank barn (above), now fully restored and multi-tasking --
a horse barn, spacious living quarters and lots of storage
Before - this older barn was dark inside and out (below), and had water problems
that created rot and dampness.
King's renovation (above) has completely transformed the barn into a light and
bright environment. The new aluminum-framed Dutch doors and aisle doors have
large windows that bring in the light, even in the winter with the doors closed, and
skylights above the stalls bring in light from above.
The venting cupolas exhaust stale air and create better air exchange. The stone
wainscot is beautiful and keeps the barn's base and interior dry.
Photos below show the improvements to the interior -- a much more appealing and
healthy environment for the horses and their people.
"Before" shown above "After" shown below
Unused for years and aging ungracefully, this huge barn was once the center of the farm's
activity and prosperity. The new owners saw its potential and decided to invest in its future ...
After a thoughtful and careful restoration, this barn has come back to life as a combination
horse barn and multi-purpose farm building. With restored and resquared masonry, new
aluminum framed Dutch windows and sliding doors, a new pentice roof and metal roofing,
this barn is ready to work and serve for another 100 years. (see the "after" below)
Restored exterior - above
Restored interior - above
Here's a beautiful example of a sensitive restoration . . . this barn (see "before" photo on
the left) had been unused for many years and had fallen into disrepair - the roof was bad,
the support timbers were rotting at the base. But it had "great bones" and was very deserving
of a second chapter in its long history.
See "after" photo on right for a close up of the same porch after the renovation -- the new
double entry doors were made in our shop and designed to remain faithful to the originals.
We added windows to the Dutch doors (see larger photo) to give the horses more natural light.
The larger photo below is an expanded view of the newly-renovated courtyard barn, ready
to serve for many years to come.
Larger view showing the courtyard of the fully restored barn
Below are photos of a not-so-old barn with a structurally sound foundation, but an old, dark
and inadequate interior space. With an innovative plan from Gardner/Fox Associates, King
has turned this little barn into something very special.
In addition to the photos, be sure to watch the video showing the transformation from
beginning to end.
Before - dark interior Before - unattractive exterior
After - a light, bright interior with beautiful, safe stalls and great ventilation
After - a complete transformation offering much-needed space for storage and function
This barn now has the look of an historic barn, with great architectural detail
Before - a converted dairy barn was in need of improvements to maximize
its potential as a horse barn.
After - an amazing transformation . . . the horse barn is now light and bright with
improved air circulation and ventilation. Each horse has a Dutch window; grilled
partitions and yokes in the stall doors give the horses "buddy up" time. The
storage space in the barn has been re-configured and better organized to keep
clutter off the aisle.
"Before" picture of the barn pictured below
"After" - restored and converted into a horse barn with hay storage above
"Before" - a time-worn cow barn before restoration
"After" (above & below) Redesigned and restored into a multi-functional building
"Before" - this old barn had given many years of service but had reached
the point of needing a full restoration
"After" - with its new structural support, new siding and standing seam roof, this great
old bank barn stores hay, equipment and provides shelter to animals and poultry
"Before" - Front and rear of barn before restoration
"After" - beautifully restored and re-purposed, with new and restored masonry,
custom-made doors and a new standing seam roof.
Previously "re-muddled" and then ravaged by fire, this circa 1860's building was in
desperate condition when King was called in to design and complete the restoration.
Originally the Mount Culmen Evangelical Congregational Church, the church was
established in 1862 by circuit riders from Reading, Pennsylvania.
In 1960, the church was relocated and the building was "renovated" into a private home.
It burned down in 2006.
Then, after several years in its burned-out condition, the decision was made to
bring it back to life.
This was a restoration requiring a true understanding of its history and its original
architectural features, coupled with the skills to save what could be saved and to
carefully rebuild the items that had been lost.
Here are some additional photos of the restored building:
Custom-made front door Restored stone wall, fireplace, old board floors
and deep window wells
An up-to-date kitchen with historic appeal Custom bedroom doors
Before (below left)
Literally falling down, with a leaking roof and rotting siding,
this barn had a timber frame and a history worth saving.
After (Above right)
A beautiful "new" barn home with all it's antique
character preserved -- great curb appeal!