BKB Art Studio
Walpole , NH
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Built on a steep slope incorporating three floors, this studio barn includes a lower workshop, a large vaulted gallery display main floor, and an upstairs office on one bay of the upper floor overlooking the gallery. Perimetered with double insulated transoms throughout, there is plenty of available light while leaving the bulk of the wall space available for hanging art work on display.
The owner has been planning and creating this building in his heart and mind for years, and when he found Geobarn on the web he knew it was the right fit for his dream, and even worked out an arrangement with George to work part time-mostly to be a part of the construction process but also with the benefit of defraying a portion of the cost!
The building is adjacent to the historic district of down town Walpole, and complements their two hundred year old cape home where an original barn once stood. Geobarn is grateful for the many opportunities we have to counteract the loss of barns from our hillsides and heritage through building a variety of functioning ones in their place.
From the beginning, after I found George's barns on his website, I knew I was going to build a Geobarn. My first call to George confirmed that even further, when he told me how interested and willing he was to work with me to build what I wanted within my budget. And my budget was a critical issue of concern. He assured me that his barns offered the opportunity to build a beautifully engineered structure economically, and he would love to work with me to combine my needs with his design innovation.
As an artist and student of traditional post and beam architecture, I was fascinated by the Geobarn concept. George's hybrid style of post and frame construction not only made sense as an alternative to the high cost of brand new post and beam structures, but offered structural advantages as well. Open, post free space, was one such advantage. The lower cost of standard lumber meant that cost of construction was reduced.
George's "signature" transom window arrangements were an elegant solution to ambient light in the studio while leaving lots of wall space for hanging artwork.
After checking out a couple of George's finished structures, and meeting with him... my wife, Karen, and I were sure that George was the perfect choice for our "little" building project. We were absolutely right!
Serving as my own general contractor, it took some time to work out the arrangements for excavation and foundation work, but once complete, in late December the project proceeded. George agreed to frame the 24' X 32' structure in January (during one of the coldest winters in years). Despite the truly nasty weather and cold, George and his crew virtually completed the shell of my new studio in three weeks. With their "no nonsense" work ethic" they really were amazing. It was very cold, but they showed up every day and worked until the roof was in place! Now that spring is here, I can look at the beautiful barn that will shortly become a gorgeous sculpture studio behind my 210 year old historic home in Walpole New Hampshire. The barn, fits the site perfectly, and has really attracted interest in the town. All the comments are the same..."What a beautiful barn!
BKB - Walpole, NH