In this Napa Valley barn, old meets new.

Crystal Springs Barn Kitchen, St. Helena, Calif.

  • In this Napa Valley barn, old meets new.

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    In this Napa Valley barn, old meets new.

    Mats Bodin

    In this Napa Valley barn, old meets new.

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    The restored barn serves as a smaller companion dwelling to a bigger house, with an entire first-floor that's just under 600 square feet.

    Mats Bodin

    The restored barn serves as a smaller companion dwelling to a bigger house, with an entire first-floor that's just under 600 square feet.

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    The barn's old stone walls are 3 feet thick. The reclaimed Douglas planks used for the walls and ceiling look especially warm and luxurious next to the old stone wall.

    Mats Bodin

    The barn's old stone walls are 3 feet thick. The reclaimed Douglas planks used for the walls and ceiling look especially warm and luxurious next to the old stone wall.

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    An impressive mix of materials work together in this kitchen: Old stone, reclaimed fir, drywall, concrete, and Caesarstone

    Mats Bodin

    An impressive mix of materials work together in this kitchen: Old stone, reclaimed fir, drywall, concrete, and Caesarstone

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    Structural posts have been added on the barn's interio, making possible a second-floor with bedrooms and a sitting area.

    Mats Bodin

    Structural posts have been added on the barn's interio, making possible a second-floor with bedrooms and a sitting area.

 

By contrasting warm and luxurious wood with an old stone wall, a 100-year-old barn got a brand new life as a secondary dwelling. In the process, the old structure was celebrated. “Luxe lodge” style that’s deftly done, agreed the judges, who awarded the Crystal Springs Barn kitchen a Grand Award. “The materials sing,” said one judge of the mix of stone, reclaimed Douglas fir, level 5 drywall, concrete, and Caesarstone. The palette employs a deft blend of old and new, rustic and sophisticated.

The home’s first-floor footprint is just 588 square feet, so the challenge was utilizing the space to create a functional and efficient kitchen that opened to the dining and living area, as well as to the views beyond. The original 3-foot-thick stacked stone walls were kept as is, exposed on both the interior and exterior of the barn. Structural posts were added on the interior so that the second floor floats above the walls.

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