I-Farm, Boxford, Massachusetts               2009-10

The complete restoration of an historic barn created from adaptations to a very early English timber framed barn converted to hay storage and dairy.  The barn is part of a multi-building complex soon to become a traditional working and teaching farm using early farm technology and sustainable agricultural practices.

Bagley Barn, Berwick, Maine               2010

Built in 1876, the Bagley Barn has a transitional frame with  2 x 4 horizontal nailers tenoned into posts.  Its footprint is 34′ x 30′.  The posts, 7 x 7’s, were undersized.  This barn required a complete undercarriage restore and rebuild.  Given the damage, we were still able to recycle two thirds of the original timbers.

The back half of the roof needed to be completely rebuilt and there, we were able to re-use two of the original rafters.  Exterior trim and doors were rebuilt using recycled historic material.  The re-use of appropriate materials is central to our approach to historic preservation.

Norlands Barn, Washburn-Norlands Living History Center, Livermore, Maine 2009-10

Norlands Living History Museum.  Design of timber framed barn to replace original barn lost to fire.  Traditional joinery techniques from the late 19th century employed in the design and extensive research compiled from remaining existing structures on the property.

Trask Barn, Wilton, Maine               2009

Structural repairs to late 19th century barn attached to historic extended cape.  Work included negotiations with insurance company to justify snow load damage and the repair of tie beams and a queen rod truss that had been damaged by heavy snow.

Moses Randall Barn, New Durham, New Hampshire               2008-09

Complete preservation of 20-foot square original hand hewn English barn on fourth generation homestead.  The barn was disassembled, new crushed stone piers set below grade and the timber frame repaired with traditional repair joinery and timbers cut on the property using a two-horse team and portable saw mill.

Trickey Barn, Jackson, New Hampshire               2008

The full documentation and dismantling of a mid-19th century double English tie beam barn.  Barn stalls, dairy troughs along with flooring were catalogued and the frame was carefully tagged and taken apart and placed in storage trailers in readiness to become the town’s new public library.

Dove Barn, Eliot, Maine               2008

Re-assembly of a 40 by 60 foot timber frame Yankee barn.  The frame was removed from storage, catalogued, measured and repaired.  The raising was done using local friends and neighbors with concentrated training and safety protocols established.
With some instruction, Art and Annie Dove sided and roofed the barn themselves.   

Parson’s Clark Barn, Topsfield, Massachusetts               2007

A comprehensive timber frame repair of a bank barn with at grade entry on all three floors.   Sills, posts, tie beams and top plates all repaired to match original configuration.  New oak ramps and entry doors, windows, lofts and flooring replaced in kind.

Schutte Barn, Ipswich, Massachusetts               2007

The Schutte barn is an 18th century English tie beam barn originally located near the center of Ipswich.  It was dismantled in 2004 and was repaired with appropriate historic materials.  It was erected on a new concrete and face stone foundation according to designed landscape plans that match traditional barn yards seen in the first period of settlement in Massachusetts.

Bryan Blacksmith Shop, North Berwick, Maine                2005

Complete structural restoration of early 19th century blacksmith’s shop.  The building was very close to a four corners and was run into by a bus.  The frame was disassembled and repaired by gluing splintered fabric with West system epoxy and many traditional timber repairs were also made.  The frame was placed on its original foundation stones and sheathed and roofed.

Bryan Barn, North Berwick, Maine               2005

Preservation of late 19th century barn including perimeter sills, floor girts and joists.  Posts were replaced in kind as necessary and exterior siding was replaced to match the original form of the building.

Moffat Ladd Counting House, Portsmouth, NH               2008-2009

Extensive structural repairs of the “Counting House” including sills, floor girts and timber framed elements in the front eave wall.  Siding and Roofing removed and repaired in kind.  Extensive structural repairs to “Back Ell” including the replacement of porch posts to more closely match the original configuration of the ell.  Roof structure was repaired and new sheathing placed before installing a new white cedar shingle roof.  Copper gutters were also installed to direct rain water for use in the gardens.

Hill Barn, Hampton, New Hampshire               2005

Extensive structural repairs of mid- 19th century dairy barn including perimeter sills and an entire timber undercarriage.  The barn was racked back into plumb and posts were spliced and girts and braces were replaced to re-introduce structural and historical integrity into the frame.  Exterior sheathing and a new standing seam roof were installed.

Cook Barn, North Berwick, Maine               2004

Relocated and repaired an 18th century English tie beam barn from Durham, Maine to North Berwick, Maine.  Frame was tagged, disassembled, repaired in kind with native hemlock and pine and raised for use as a barn and studio space. Barn was placed on a concrete foundation originally intended for a modular home since removed.  An ell was added to fit the foundation.

Shirley-Eustis Carriage Barn, Brookline, Massachusetts          1999

Complete dismantling of Ingersoll-Gardner carriage barn in Brookline, Massachusetts.  The frame was photo-documented, tagged and catalogued.  All repairs to frame were done using traditional timber repair techniques matching the original fabric in both size and species.  Epoxy repairs made where appropriate.

Cantwell Barn, Berwick, Maine               1997-98

Reproduced 19th century center drive barn from burned remains of original bar and family photographs collected from neighbors and their families.  Barn re-created in  hemlock and pine to match the original barn configuration including queen rod truss long oak corner braces and principle rafter, principle purlin, common rafter roof system.

Beal Barn, Cape Neddick, Maine               1997

New 30’x 50′ horse barn built with hand hewn and sawn beams in the tradition of the English Tie Beam barn.  Eve and gable entry into drive bay with 4 horse stalls.  Each stall exits out to a timber framed open air shelter attached to the main frame.  Barn is double boarded with a standing seam roof.  All doors and windows created on site.

This is a representative, and incomplete, list of all our barn work; please contact Arron Sturgis for more information


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  2. Paul Steffens says:

    The superstructure of my barn if circa 1860. The concrete block walls are from the 1970’s. The barn was raised from off its “layed stone” foundation I presume, new footer and foundation installed. The concrete blocks below surface are crumbling and renovation is underway to be replaced with new poured concrete foundation and wooden walls. I was wondering: how were barns attached to the “layed stone” foundation in the 19th century? Thank you.

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