ISSUE 52  |  Best of 2014

Architect Visit: A New Farmhouse for a 100-Year-Old Barn

January 02, 2015 5:00 PM

BY Cheryl Locke

After purchasing a verdant lot in Virginia, the owners’ first instinct was to restore the site’s existing barn and move in, but architect Donald Lococo had another plan.

After persuading his clients to leave the building as is, Lococo went on to design a new modern farmhouse in a similar agrarian aesthetic. The site was selected to preserve the grove of mature trees, and Lococo was able to frame the postcard-perfect scene of the nearly century-old barn.

Photographs courtesy of Donald Lococo Architects.

Architect Donald Lococo’s new farmhouse for a 100-year-old barnAbove: Architect Donald Lococo selected the site for the new house to preserve the trees and the historic barn.

Architect Donald Lococo’s new farmhouse for a 100-year-old barnAbove: The interior/exterior exchange between the historic structure and the new farmhouse is made prominent by one of the most beautiful mudrooms we’ve spied. Located in the back entry, the space is anchored by a reclaimed bench. It was repurposed to function both as a potting table and sink counter. A wood plank, discovered during construction, serves as an overhead shelf for additional storage.

Architect Donald Lococo’s new farmhouse for a 100-year-old barnAbove: Double doors and gleaming wood floors frame a view of the weathered barn.

Architect Donald Lococo’s new farmhouse for a 100-year-old barnAbove: An unexpected, yet serene shade of pistachio green on the cabinets contrasts with slate floors and reclaimed timber beams.

Architect Donald Lococo’s new farmhouse for a 100-year-old barnAbove: A farmhouse isn’t complete without a cabinet display of antique china.

For more mudrooms, see Storage: Entryway and Mudroom Roundup on Remodelista. And see our Storage archive for our favorite Shelving, Doormats, and Coat Hooks.