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Bank Barn Restoration

Near Frederick, Maryland

This customer asked us to restore and put back into service her traditional bank barn.  We did so, taking care to ensure that all repairs were made using appropriate materials and methods to match the existing work. 

Work included: repair of the forebay and doors with existing hinges, rebuilding the bridge doors with existing track & trolleys, residing the exterior, installing a 26-gauge galvanized metal roof, repairing and repointing the interior and exterior foundation surfaces throughout forebay wall, and repairing the timberframe throughout with traditional methods & materials.

We installed temporary cribbing to lift and support the summer beams and posts in the parlor level in preparation for pouring footers under the parlor posts.  Winches and hoisting equipment helped to square and plumb the building before installing and securing the replaced girts and braces.  We also installed temporary cribbing throughout to lift and support the posts while we performed the repairs and replacements to the posts, braces, and sills.  When the temporary supports are removed, the beautiful barn frame stands on its own once more.

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Looking Towards Barn Bank Before Construction

Looking Towards Barn Bank Before Construction
Looking Towards Forebay Wall From Barnyard Before Construction

Looking Towards Forebay Wall From Barnyard Before Construction
During Construction Showing Repairs Being Made to Timberframe

During Construction Showing Repairs Being Made to Timberframe
Computer Model Of Barn Frame Made Before Construction

Computer Model Of Barn Frame Made Before Construction
Threshing Floor and Summer Beams Supported on Cribbing Stacks During Repairs

Threshing Floor and Summer Beams Supported on Cribbing Stacks During Repairs
Foundation Repointed and Waterproofed Where Grade Will be Restored

Foundation Repointed and Waterproofed Where Grade Will be Restored
Parlor Posts Set on New Concrete Piers

Parlor Posts Set on New Concrete Piers
With the Floor Framing Repairs Complete, Work Begins On the Upper Frame

With the Floor Framing Repairs Complete, Work Begins On the Upper Frame
Detail of Joinery Showing Spliced Material in End Bent

Detail of Joinery Showing Spliced Material in End Bent
Traditional Joinery Secures New Oak Timbers to Original Framing

Traditional Joinery Secures New Oak Timbers to Original Framing
New Timbers and Traditional Joinery Fit Perfectly Into the Original Frame

New Timbers and Traditional Joinery Fit Perfectly Into the Original Frame
Frame Repairs Finished

Frame Repairs Finished
Hand-Crimped Standing Seam Roofing Being Installed

Hand-Crimped Standing Seam Roofing Being Installed
Roof Pans Installed -- Ridge Seam Forming In Progress

Roof Pans Installed -- Ridge Seam Forming In Progress
New Siding Highlights Original and Repair Timbers

New Siding Highlights Original and Repair Timbers
Earthen Barn Bridge Restored -- Note New Stone Wall Near Foundation Window

Earthen Barn Bridge Restored -- Note New Stone Wall Near Foundation Window
New Poplar Siding Being Installed

New Poplar Siding Being Installed
Interior View of New Siding Highlights Original Timbers

Interior View of New Siding Highlights Original Timbers
Roof Framing, New Roofing, and Original Hay Track

Roof Framing, New Roofing, and Original Hay Track
Hand-Seamed Roof Follows The Profile of the Old Rafters, Letting the Barn's Historic Character Shine Through

Hand-Seamed Roof Follows The Profile of the Old Rafters, Letting the Barn's Historic Character Shine Through
Barn Restoration Near Frederick, MD -- Repairs Complete, Ready for New Doors

Barn Restoration Near Frederick, MD -- Repairs Complete, Ready for New Doors
View of Forebay Wall from Barnyard After Completion

View of Forebay Wall from Barnyard After Completion