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Timber Framed Modern Additions

Set amidst rolling meadows of Western PA farmland, this project consists of an addition and renovation to an existing single family residence on the outskirts of Pittsburgh PA. The additions seek to quote from the vernacular roof pitches and materials of the existing house while adding new elements of floor to ceiling window walls and modern interior detailing. Structural timber framing, using hand-hewn White Oak beams from an 1800s timber-framed cabin, articulates the new spaces in a way that recalls traditional vernacular barn framing. Grading is minimized to allow the meadow to meet the house. Executed in collaboration with YR Architecture + Design.  For additional information on the project’s use of reclaimed timber framing please peruse this MBA post.


A collapsed neighboring cabin’s 200 year old white oak beams donate their venerable charisma and strength to the project as the main load-bearing structural members.

Timbers raised in the dining room pavilion.
Checking beam spans.
An existing 1910 bank barn graces the site.
Siding and hex sign on the property's bank barn.

(E) 5400 SF
(N) 2400 SF

Completion Date:
Fall 2016

Project Team:
Mary Barensfeld Architecture, Mary Barensfeld

Key Players:
YR Architecture + Design (Collaborating Architect)
Schneider Engineering
Apogee Engineering (MEP)
Lancaster County Timber Frames
Hope’s Windows
Xycom Technology Group
John Sharvin – glass artist
Eisler Landscapes


Palumbo Contracting
D’Angelo Construction

Joe Fletcher
Ed Massery
Mary Barensfeld

Featured in Dwell Jul/Aug 2018 Issue.