This residence is an early example of salvaging a piece of history while having minimal impact on the environment. The old barn was repurposed as a residence with a stand-alone, self-sufficient energy system that uses passive solar, active solar, photo voltaic, and wind generation. The integrity of the original historic barn was maintained, including stone foundation, wood structure, and interior details.
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Environmentally friendly siding utilizes a cement and wood composite material. Walls were super insulated with a cellulose chopped recycled paper product which was sprayed into the framing.
Original barn interior was a series of animal stalls on the lowest level and a second level with caretakers living area and horse stalls, connected via a long wooden ramp.
Doors and stalls were salvaged and reused; a new stone stair was added to replace the old log ramp using salvaged field stone, demolition materials and locally quarried stone.
CBH produced lists of every material or system we might want to use for its impact from cradle to grave on the environment.