As the Springfield Barn Home moves forward, the character of the house comes alive. Concept becomes reality and unique aspects of the home come into focus. The Springfield conveys a barn home aesthetic while evoking the spirit of both cottage and farmhouse.
2019 Project Home Exterior Finishes
The Springfield Barn Home says barn from the moment you see it. American barn architecture is intrinsically simple. It has unassuming forms used as storage spaces for agricultural supplies, products, and animals.
Historically, barns have board exteriors, framed interiors and are not insulated. The appeal of a barn comes from these forms. Board siding, timbered frames, and sliding barn doors add to the charm.
The home’s exterior implies farmhouse through its use of board/batten siding, double cupolas, and a wrap-around front porch. Board and batten is common siding for the barn and farmhouse styles. It is readily available, has a low carbon footprint, and is an affordable material. It is a traditional siding experiencing a resurgence in popularity.
The exterior color palette of The Springfield Barn Home is simple and clean. Bright white with black cottage-style windows, black standing-seam metal and charcoal synthetic roofing accent it. The house will be surrounded by stonewalls typically found in this part of New England.
The standing seam metal roofs are gorgeous and highly functional in the New England climate. They loosen falling snow quickly, keeping roofs snow-free and dry. They also offer a bit of calm. Nothing beats the soothing sound of a gentle rain tapping against a metal roof.
Post and Beam Living is closely following the 2019 Project Home. We will return next month with a look at lighting fixtures, including how they’re used to accent the home’s style.