Cortland Barn Farmhouse

Cortland Barn Farmhouse

Project Location: Freeport, Maine

Just outside the downtown of Freeport Maine, sits an unlikely neighborhood abutting rich conservation land. It was here that our two inspired clients, one with an eye for landscape design, saw the potential in an existing timber frame barn.

Whitten Architects was tasked with undertaking the design of a substantial barn renovation, and creating an addition to accommodate first floor living. The challenge was to maintain the rustic integrity of the barn while providing bright spaces in which to live. The site-specific plan organization continuously focuses the inhabitants’ eye to the carefully considered landscape that showcases the talents of the homeowner. The restrained interior, and its limited color palette, highlights the natural wood and day lighting, while providing a delicate backdrop for the owners’ plentiful art collection and furnishings. The farmhouse like addition is right at home in the Maine landscape with its contextually appropriate materials: metal roofing, a brick chimney, and our take on board and batten siding.

Together with a dedicated builder, cost considerations drove several mindful strategies including; a roof truss system, oversized but standard window units, blending of semi-custom and custom millwork, and sourcing local materials including reclaimed marble.  The solar panels and the high performance envelope speak to the clients’ commitment to a sustainable lifestyle and to their property as lifetime home.

This project particularly embodies a true collaborative spirit- an enthusiastic client, an engaged builder with a commitment to collaboration and execution, and a design team with an understanding of blending the new with old.

Project Completion Date: 2015


Jonathan Reece Photography

(1) Photo supplied by Owner



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