SSB specializes in restoration and creative reuse projects, where history and old-world style take on the 21st century. Disassembling and reassembling structures is a labor-intensive process, but it is here where our woodworking skills and artistry often shine the brightest.
When is an old barn worth restoring? First, assess its condition. Is the roofline straight? What unique features can be saved or reproduced? How much of the structure is reusable? Stone foundations and hand-hewn timbers often qualify.
Next, consider function. How will you use the restored structure? Could it be an office or art studio? Used for exercise or recreation? Maybe have a commercial use? ls it sited properly, or will it need to be moved? What mechanical upgrades will it require?
Although renovating may cost more than building new, seeing the essential character of an old structure take on new life is deeply rewarding.
Not sure it’s worth it? Call SSB. We’ll visit your site and help you find the answers you seek.
Restore Your Barn
To save or build new? This is a very good question! Can you save a barn or do you start over? What makes your barn unique? Most old barns are not renovated to save money, but rather for the sentimental value of the building. When we look at an old barn, the first indication of the value of the frame is the roof. If the roof line is straight the rest of the frame is usually in fair condition.
To us, there is a lot of beauty in the old frames. But we are always on the lookout for unique features in the old barns that we get to see. For example: The old stone work is always interesting since the builder would generally use the stones that were on hand.
Restoring and old building is an opportunity to save a piece of yesteryear and restore it to its original glory.
It is something that must be done from the heart, with an eye towards a budget of course?
Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia
Maryland and Virginia
Anna & Daniel Cohen
19028 Sullystone Lane
Round Hill, VA 20141
Phone: 703.401.4054 (local office)
Northern Pennsylvania and New Jersey
835 Cherry Lane
Wrightstown, PA 18940
Phone: 215.598.3194 (local office)
3246 Lincoln Highway East (Unit 2)
Paradise, PA 17562
Let SSB Restore your old barn.
Conversion and renovation
It’s a good time to check the roof and siding on your barn or outbuildings to make sure everything is secure. The interior doesn’t have to be entirely draft-free, however. Large unheated structures need to breathe; if they are too air-tight, condensation builds up inside and creates problems.
While you’re checking things out, perhaps you’ll notice something that needs attention or improvement. We’d love to learn about what you’d like to accomplish and how we can help. Call us today! We would be glad to assist you in any way possible. If you have any questions please call us at 1.800.881.9781.