The Yankee Barn Homes Design Team
The Yankee Barn Homes Design Team consists primarily of four people, while ancillary staff comes into play at different stages of design. This article will focus on the four people you will meet and get to know as you move though the design phase of your home. Our two draftpeople are Mike Pomeroy and Johan Pellumbi. Matt Stavropoulos is the YBH Project Development Manager and Heather Stoddard is the YBH Project Coordinator.
Design Supervisor Mike Pomeroy has worked in the home building industry beginning in high school and throughout college. He has been working professionally for 18 years.
CAD Designer Johan Pellumbi specializes in ArchiCAD. He is a whiz kid with design programs and can produce just about anything requested of him. He has been working professionally since 2018 and has been with YBH since 2020.
Project Development Manager Matt Stavropoulos has been in the custom build industry for over 5 years. Matt has quickly risen through the ranks at Yankee Barn due to his strong managerial skills.
Project Coordinator Heather Stoddard is new to Yankee Barn but not to the home build industry. Included in her resume is designing for another home build company, contractor sales at large home supply stores and extensive experience with GC-ing her own home build.
Mike: We are busy! I find it interesting that even with the price of materials increasing, people are building. Not just building, but building large homes.
Johan: Providing clients with a BIMX link so they can virtually walk through their 3D house model via phones, VR headsets or from their computers (which in my opinion is pretty cool, it feels like you’re in a video game).
Matt: We’ve been doing a lot more original custom designs, compared to the last couple of years which had more designs based on prior YBH designs – several Springfield Barn Homes and Moose Ridge inspired designs.
Heather: Right now, I am still learning! The most interesting part of my job is learning Archicad. This is really teaching me how YBH builds and constructs their homes.
What Are Clients Asking For?
Mike: We are currently working on a 1,200SF build and a 23,000SF build, so there is no larger or smaller trend. We do a little of everything. Average size is 2500-3000 SF, but it varies greatly based on location. Most clients want fully open floor plans, larger/more glass, and higher energy efficiency. We are doing a lot of insulation upgrades to have a better performing building shell.
Johan: Springfield Barn Home/Moose Ridge Lodge and any variation of these plans + Hill House/Mad River have been very popular. Most people tend to go for an open concept floor plan. They’re looking for a lot of storage. I’ve seen a number of requests for dog wash stations. Mostly medium size floor plans around ~2000 SF. Clients that have sites with views tend to go for bigger glass/ mostly square/rectangle, lesser so trapezoid or triangle shape. NOTHING ROUND, they don’t want circles. We’ve seen more requests recently for modern/flat roof houses (Hill House/Mad River).
Matt: I feel like its been all over the map.
Heather: The trend seems to be a modern mountain home. The Hill House is being requested in all different sizes.
Tell Us Your Favorite Project
Mike: I’m a Mountain/Adirondack Style fan. One of the first designs I did here was the Mountain Lake Lodge, and it’s still my favorite to date.
Johan: I’ll go with a current project we’re working on based on the Mad River Modern house.
Matt: A contemporary that’s currently underway but not yet up on the website. The Hayfield is my favorite interior, and I really love the Beachcomber. While not everyone’s taste, it’s a unique, one of a kind design.
Heather: Do I have to pick just one!? My favorites are the Moose Ridge, I love the cozy feel of that home. The Northwest Harbor or Lamberts Cove…Soooo Beach Vacation! Reminds me of Cape Cod. And I also love the clean lines and modern elements of the Hill House.