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Barn Conversion and Structural Restoration
For this barn restoration in Bethany, CT, Marlowe Restorations raised the entire timber frame above its old fieldstone foundation, suspending it on mudsills and temporary cribbing in order to correct subsidence in the foundation and the consequent stresses and racking in the frame itself. One structural timber plate, for example, was deflected 7 inches over just a 10 foot span. Marlowe restored the existing foundation, installing concrete footings and pads, where necessary. The restoration work was part of a barn conversion to a new recreational use. The architect specified a large span of window glass and doors out to a deck. To protect this glass, we placed a structural grade beam directly below, spanning the work, to protect it from any further foundation subsidence and consequent deflection. After restoring and reshaping the frame as necessary for structural stability, we replaced all original siding, windows and doors. To insure that all this new work remained dry and sound, we furnished a new flashing design around all wall openings. The wall flashing details in old barns were often casual, leading to water entry and damage of the type we saw in this building.
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