Thursday, March 23, 2006

This land is our land...


This picture was taken on a foggy day, so you can't see the view, but there is one through the trees. The lot faces west and south, which will make for good sun during the day and good sunsets in the evening. Towards the top of the lot it is realtively level, but just after the bushes it drops off steeply and then levels out at the bottom. There are a lot of nice old trees on the property.

For those considering building a barn house: there are a number of considerations unique to the project to keep in mind. First, remember you are building a barn. Ideally, you would be able to afford a piece of land that is rural in character so as to create harmony between the building and its setting. Sadly, we were unable to afford such a piece of land in the town we needed to be in, so we did settle a bit. However, we like this property for its location on a hill and the exposure to sun and views. Also, it is on a very small, quiet street.

Another consideration when building a barn house is the character of the neighborhood and the other houses around yours. Our barn house just wouldn't belong in certain areas, such as one of the many 50s-era developments of ranch houses that dominates in parts of our town. The area we ended up in is an old neighborhood with a diverse array of houses dating from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, as well as some newer constructions. Our building will actually be a contemporary with many of the houses in our neighborhood...although the barn is from "out of town"!

2 comments:

Tim said...

Ben,

If you get a chance, I'd love to see some pictures from the bottom of Bare Hill. It looked really great from the top of the hill. Also, perhaps you could paste in a picture of the location from maps.google.com--both map view and satellite view. I'd be interested to see what lies beyond the track.

--Tim

Michele Shire said...

I enjoyed reading through your blog. Thanks, Michele Shire