Modern Barns

modern barns project

Modern Barns

Three old barns were converted to a mid-century modern home in the 1950’s by Henry Hoover, a prolific architect that built many modern homes in Lincoln MA. In 1990 parts of the house were renovated to create an eclectic facade and gallery with a sculptural kitchen and entry. Twenty-four years later the house is undergoing another transformation by us that clarifies the architectural lineage of the original structures and the Hoover design, called the Modern Barns Project.


The young family that bought the house loved the large windows, generous proportions and connection to the landscape but found it difficult to use the kitchen and gallery space. Although much admired by the family and neighbors it was decided to remove most of the 1990s addition. This move allowed us to reveal the simple forms of the three original barns.


The new entry is contained in a simple single story addition with a flat overhanging roof reminiscent of the Hoover design. Floor to ceiling glass on the entry side and a fixed wood screen on the living side make a simple composition that is warm and inviting as well as being private. New wood floors, a full kitchen and master suite renovation, as well as a complete overhaul of the HVAC system were also included in order to create a warm, spacious, and contemporary home.


What do the Homeowners say?


“Aamodt / Plumb exceeded every expectation we had for our renovation. They were thoughtful, respectful, and attentive listeners, designing around our family’s needs and personal requests. They were creative and sophisticated, surprising us with lovely details throughout and inspiring unequivocal trust in their taste. They were at once innovative and respectful of our home’s mid-century heritage. They were proactive problem-solvers, responsive communicators, and fun to be around. Last week someone said to me, “You’re finishing a renovation? You sound so happy! No one renovating sounds this happy.” For this, and for our beautiful new entry, kitchen, and master suite, I am grateful to Aamodt / Plumb.” -Becky & Alex, Homeowners




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Chuck Choi


June 2, 2014


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