About the Project
Bucolic Westchester is home to many equestrians. This couple purchased a horse farm and immediately transformed the old barn into their home. (The horses got a brand-new stable.) Not surprisingly, the barn/farmhouse esthetic informed their design. Demolishing load-bearing walls left two structural beams and revealed different ceiling heights. Facing the beams with wood, adding coffers, and painting everything white distracted the eye from the ceiling variations. Individual brass caged light bulbs in lieu of recessed lights and pendants introduced industrial flair. Classic inset cabinetry is modernized with flat panel doors. Soft sage green paint with charcoal glaze lends an organic touch. Except for the range wall, upper cabinets were eliminated in favor of open barnwood shelving supported by iron brackets. More reclaimed lumber is seen in the barn-like crossbuck panel at the peninsula. Iron details are repeated on cabinet hinges and decorative hardware.
Shiplap siding on the walls, backsplash, and ceiling add farmhouse charm. Honed marble countertops were made less rarified with rugged chiseled edges. Of course, there’s a farmhouse sink. A marble countertop cubby was fabricated to store cutting boards. For the ultimate personal touch, an antique carpenter’s bench (complete with working vise) serves as extra prep space.