A 100-Year-Old Metal Barn Gets a Unique Face Lift
An Unconventional Steel Building Application
One year before project completion, the owner of a 100-year-old barn came to Sunward with a vision of restoring the then caved in barn to its original rustic look and feel. It was important to him to keep as much of the barn’s original structural shape and design in place. In fact, he brought along with him photos of the gambrel shaped barn from afar that were taken some time in the 1920’s. He was working on a larger scale project to restore a home and other buildings on the property, along with the barn.
A Unique, Unconventional Steel Building Application
Part of the onsite historic barn restoration project was to keep the original log structure in place while installing the new steel structural components. To accomplish this, Sunward tasked Rick Dittus of RM Erectors, to create a custom gambrel barn that would fit inside of the existing barn structure. His team had to jack up the existing building and wooden log siding in order to dig and build a foundation underneath it. It was challenging for them to build around the existing log building without damaging its structure.
Boasting a unique combination of old-meets-new features, the restored steel barn retains its original exterior, made from timbers, while the interior has new steel framing that notably enhances its structural integrity. The property owner wanted the building to retain its original barn aesthetic while making it more durable and better-suited for modern-day use, and the newly restored structure easily accomplishes this objective.