Many of our clients have sought to provide a new role for the historic barns and carriage houses that so define our changing rural landscape. They have turned to Landmark Services, Inc. for the experience and the dedication to the thoughtful, effective restoration of the original historic fabric that connects us so strongly to these structures. Whether the project consists of historic preservation of a structure intended to continue in an agricultural or similar utilitarian role or a barn conversion to a residential or finished commercial purpose, we will strive to meet the current needs of the client while maintaining the lasting imprint of the original builders in the work.
The old dairy barn pictured here had suffered from lack of use and from prolonged neglect, including structural damage. Sills and other structural framing members which had deteriorated through exposure to harsh New England weather and were repaired. The building was then re-roofed, with asphalt shingles on the older, original sections and metal roofing on the more modern wing. Doors and windows were addressed next. Fortunately, most of the windows were repairable; those that were not were replaced by reproduction sash produced in our shop. Likewise, while we were able to repair most of the doors, there were three sets which were beyond repair. We fabricated perfect reproductions, including a pair of hayloft doors that each measure four feet wide and ten feet tall and new curved trim. Meanwhile, the rest of the crew spent several weeks repairing and replacing the clapboard siding and trim. The project was finally brought to completion after the painting crew scraped, sanded, and painted the entire building.
A mid-nineteenth century barn in Littleton, MA had long since outlived its function. The solution proposed by the owners was a complete rehabilitation and adaptive re-use of the barn, transforming it into a commercial office space. The project was monitored by the Massachusetts Historical Commission for eligibility to receive federal tax credits for Historic Rehabilitations. From the moment work began, care was taken to maintain as much of the original exterior appearance of the barn as possible. To help accomplish this goal, all new doors and windows were fabricated in our shop to replicate the originals. The original barn door opening was filled with rows of glazing. The slate roof was repaired and the siding and trim was repaired and painted. The interior received new mechanical systems, insulation, plaster, woodwork, and flooring--it is now a modern office space within a historic building.
Some of our other barn projects include a Greek Revival renovation in Medway, MA, in which the attached barn was converted to living space, the restoration of the barn at the Forbes House Museum in Milton, MA, and yet another barn renovation in Milton.
Since 1991, Landmark Services, Inc. has worked with clients who understand the value and importance of preserving our unique historic architectural legacy. Barns are a specialty of ours and we take particular satisfaction in working with their particular scale and presence. We have developed a special skill set and approach to these projects, whether furnishing structural or timber frame repairs, new standing seam sheet metal roofs, slate repairs or relaying the original "dry laid" stone foundations. Not all these buildings can remain in agriculture, and we are glad to be able to give some of them a new life as homes or businesses, merging historic materials with the latest technology to preserve their character, while providing modern conveniences, energy efficiency, and comfort. Our skills and dedication to the preservation of these unique structures has produced many satisfying, successful projects. Make us accountable for the success of your important historic project barn restoration project, large or small.We've been restoring and renovating barns to since we started in the business almost 20 years ago. Some have remained as functioning barns while others we have converted into office space or homes. Old barns, with their hand hewn timber frames, can make dramatic and beautiful homes. At Landmark Services, we have experience with all phases of barn work including timber frame repair, best practices for insulating them, to fitting out the interiors. Give us a call today to discuss your barn project. We'd love to help!
A carriage house renovation in Brookline, MA
A renovation of an historic barn
Restoration of a 19th century barn in Milton, MA