It’s not often you see a renovation and reduction (as opposed to an addition), but Treacy & Eagleburger Architects saw fit to trim the square footage of this barn by a third when converting it to a guesthouse. The resulting 2,700-square-foot structure is more appropriately scaled in relation to the main residence that sits directly across from it on a pastoral site overlooking Folger’s Marsh on the island of Nantucket. Together, the two buildings form a “working yard” between them.

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Category Outbuilding/Accessory unit
Entrant/Architect Treacy & Eagleburger Architects, Washington
Builder Lindsay Inc., Nantucket, Mass.
Interior designer Gregga, Jordan, Smieszny, Chicago
Landscape architect Jardins International, Nantucket

Although the barn was retired from agricultural use long ago (it was more recently used as an eight-car garage, topped by an apartment and storage space), the architects worked with builder Steve Lindsay to retain its agrarian character. Authentic elements include heavy timber roof ties, cathedral ceilings, a cupola skylight, and a fully functioning hoist with hayloft doors.