Nestled beside the newly clad original 1850s farmhouse, this horse-and-living-quarters timber frame barn house sits on 4.2 acres of hilltop land, overlooking the beautiful Vermont ski hills and farmland. Working with a local architect, Normerica Timber Homes was tasked with designing, engineering, and supplying the timber frame structure for this unique and exquisite home that serves as a weekend ski getaway for this family.

The natural stone masonry, grey barnboard siding, black metal windows, and dark standing seam metal roof give this barn house a contemporary look that beautifully contrasts with the bucolic landscape. The ground level is designed for both horses and ski storage with timber box stalls, 4”x8” timber joists, and a timber ceiling. Natural light floods into the stalls through the glass-paneled garage door, illuminating the space.

This barn home has been constructed partially into the hill to give easy access to either entry – the lower horse area or upper living area, as well as to the large deck.

Follow the slate stone path up to the entry door. Once inside, you’ll step into the bright, airy kitchen and family room. Spectacular 36’ bent style eastern white pine trusses reinforce the classic barn style while allowing the area to be open and free of any center posts. The natural beauty of the trusses is maintained through a clear coating, while the 1”x8” V joint tongue-and-groove ceiling and walls are stained white to make the room feel even more spacious. At one end of the room, a wall of windows frames the breath-taking views of the surrounding fields and mountains. Sliding doors lead out onto the elevated deck for a true indoor-outdoor living experience.

The simple stonework and timber mantle of the natural stone fireplace give the family room another focal point without taking away from the spectacular outside views. In the kitchen, the modern aesthetic of the exterior is brought inwards, with open upper shelves lending to the contemporary feel. The long kitchen island is the perfect place to host après ski get-togethers and family gatherings. Large dormer windows positioned on each side of the stainless-steel range hood allow natural sunlight to fill the room.

Two bedrooms of this three-bedroom barn home are accessed off the main living area, both with soaring 17’ sloped timber ceilings. In the first bedroom, a ladder stair leads up to a cozy loft space where you can relax and read a book under the sloped tongue-and-groove ceiling and timbers. Looking down over the open room below you can’t help but be in awe of the structural bent style trusses.

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