A craftsman-tinkerer and his wife commissioned BBSA to design a barn and garage for their property with views of the East Branch Westport River. The barn accommodates space to build wooden boats, the first vessel being an 18’-7” utility launch. The garage has space for three vehicles: two cars and a tractor. The site layout takes inspiration from Westport status as a ‘right to farm’ community, as well as the need to access the boat barn with vehicles, and distributes the composition as a farmstead. This language extends to the formal and material decisions: these are simple volumes clad in unfinished cedar shingles that will be allowed to weather over time, an idiom familiar to the area.
Location: Westport, Massachusetts
Size: 2,050 GSF (barn) + 1,100 GSF (garage)
Consultants: Dan Bonardi Consulting Engineers (Structural)
Contractor: R.P. Valois
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