Modern Farmhouse and Shop Barn

March 9, 2017

This custom home and barn, nestled into a mountaintop site on a Virginia farm, combines a soaring interior space with intimate private rooms in a composition with a working barn-shop that honors traditional patterns of farmstead settlements.

This homesite, perched on the brow of a mountain within a 2,300 acre conservation development, is located to preserve both a network of forested trails above and productive farmland below.  Nestling appropriately into the site was a priority.  The design concept, a modestly scaled two story home and a larger detached bank barn, allowed the forested slope to flow through the site, and was inspired by traditional settlement patterns of Virginia foothill farmsteads. The project was realized in partnership with Three Notch’d Construction, our experienced local partner in central Virginia.

The home’s ground floor master suite and living areas are organized around a central kitchen and gathering space, which soars up and through the U-shaped upper story private rooms, creating spatial grandeur from the simple form of a farmhouse with a cupola. The whitewashed exterior shiplap contrasts the residence to the adjacent barn’s traditional dark red siding.  Inside the barn, a free-span lower level accommodates vehicles and shop uses, while the generous space upstairs allows a variety of work and gathering functions.


For ten years, ever since becoming involved with the development of Bundoran Farm with my former colleague Bob Baldwin, I have been commuting to Charlottesville, sleeping in guestrooms and on couches of wonderful friends and clients.  With the completion of Pippin Hill Farm Winery, and the corresponding growth of Geobarns’ business in Central Virginia, it seemed inevitable that I would build a home where so much of my heart already belongs. It has also been a dream to create my own Geobarn, both as a place to stay and as a means to show clients a beautiful home that is always available to view, and completely within the vernacular tradition in which we build.