|VIEW FROM MAIN STREET
The owner of a large residence converted to retail
shops on Main Street in Chatham, Massachusetts also owned the
vacant property adjacent to the house. He came to the decision
that he wanted to construction retail building on the vacant
property, with a 'barn' like appearance, as though it belonged
to the original house. Although that was an unlikely scenario
for Main Street Chatham, we decided to accept this challenge.
Although traditional in appearance, the Barn uses
contemporary stressed-skin panels on a post & beam timber frame.
For those uninitiated to stressed-skin panels, these are a laminated
panel system constructed of plywood to the exterior for nailing,
5 1/2" rigid polystyrene insulation and gypsum wallboard to
the interior. Wrapping stressed-skin panels around a timber
frame provides continuous, high efficient insulation from exterior
weather conditions, not interrupted by wood studs used in typical
construction, and leaves the attractive post and beams fully
exposed on the interior.
The first and so-far only tenant of the Barn has
been a business selling antiques from Great Britain. Anxous
to move into their new home, they have already deposit an antique
English telephone booth near the entrance to the building, as
can be seen in the photograph above. Please click on the photograph
for a larger view.