Built 104 years ago by the Grandy family, this working barn was converted into a comfortable home that retains the integrity and nostalgia of the original structure, including open roof framing, hay door, trolley, and counter weights. Rolling barn doors serve as shutters to two bedrooms. One original wall shows a penciled shopping list that includes 2,100 pounds of seeds. As in the past, surrounding fruit trees and garden space provide a back-to-earth lifestyle with the ever present backdrop of a spectacular Olympic Mountain view. Moreover, good schools, neighbors, and easy access to the Bainbridge Island-Seattle ferries combine with this opportunity to equal a truly distinctive living experience.
Originally pasture land and an old fruit orchard, the community was master planned with Greenbelt and open park space to create a peaceful rural neighborhood. Don Frothingham, a Seattle architect, thoughtfully remodeled and converted the barn to a home. He strengthened the roof with metal tie rods and added a new layer of roof above the barn’s traditional gambrel roof, filling the space with thick and rigid insulation. Gambrel roof framing is exposed, soaring above a light-filled hayloft that comprises main living areas. Old floor planks of Douglas fir reveal millwork marks. An updated wall of knotty pine frames the second-story hay door.
Built into the peak on the gable end over the hay door, an extension is called the hay hood. It supports a hay trolley that originally hoisted hay to the second story and loaded it into the loft. These historical features meld with the warmth of updated knotty pine walls and a peeled cedar tree that reaches to the ceiling in the center of a loft platform, which serves to define the living spaces within the open great room. Sixteen windows throughout the open living area draw passive solar heat and natural light. The effect is cathedral-like, resulting in great acoustics. The current owners have hosted community house concerts, hosting as many as a 100 people.
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