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A DUTCH BARN NARRATIVE Location: Eastern Shore of Maryland Architects: Wiedemann Architects Interior Designer: Shaun Jackson Inc.

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HIS CHARMING WINE-TASTING room project is the conversion of a concrete-block dairy barn on a farm on the eastern shore of Maryland. The modest barn was composed of three elements: the main barn with hay loft, a small utility shed, and a grain silo linked to the main barn. The structure had fallen into disrepair from more than a decade of disuse. A large exterior concrete slab where cows were washed after returning from the field was on the southern side. The architects repurposed the structure by converting the main space into an entertaining and dining space. They covered the concrete cinderblock walls with stone, both inside and out. A white oak coffered ceiling and built-ins that contain some of the client’s wine collection add warmth to the interior. Thick exterior walls help to control the temperature of the interior, and custom-built white oak interior shutters add further protection. Barn doors cover the French doors that lead to the terrace on the southern side, and custom-designed hay loft doors provide access to the upper storage loft. The small utility shed was converted to a bathroom, and the link to the silo became the catering kitchen for when meals are served. The silo will contain the client’s extensive wine collection, accessed via an interior spiral stair, with a dedicated temperature- and humidity-control system. The concrete slab on the southern-side was replaced by an exterior dining terrace with an Ipe pergola to offer shelter from the southern sun. The barn has now become a favorite destination on the clients’ farm when they entertain guests.

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