Calistoga Barn
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Calistoga Barn

When the new owners of this old barn found Paul Kelley through a local preservationist, their building was in critical condition. While fire regulations and building codes prohibited the structure and materials from being widely used in the renovation, Kelley found creative applications for the original rustic barn wood, rafters and poles — much to the owners’ delight. A new structure was erected, and the existing roof became the new ceiling, with modern rafters between the old corrugated roofing and the new exterior to make a roofing “sandwich”: The hidden rafters carry the roof load, while the exposed original rafters remain for their charm. The barn wood was employed as wall “dressings,” and the old poles were reinstalled in a non-structural fashion. The owners plan to retire to their Calistoga property. In the meantime, they use their new old barn as a large dining area, an office/library and a reading room/apothecary.

photos by Frank Dreas
  • September 11th, 2015
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