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Hog Barn to Musical Instrument Shop

New Market, MD, Maryland

Fitzgerald's Heavy Timber Construction was approached in 2008 to restore a small barn that had orginally been built to house hogs.  While the Client had no desire to raise hogs, he did want us to salvage the unique structure.  As the project developed the owner decided that the tiny structure (under 400 square feet) would be a perfect home for thier stringed instrument repair work shop.  We replaced those original timbers that had been damaged or deteriorated, installed a full basement and reconfigured the interior framing to create usable space on two floors, covered the frame with Structural Insulated Panels, and fitted out the interior with all the appointments of a hand-tool oriented workshop, including a bathroom and spiral stair between levels.

Zoning and Permitting were major factors in this job.  Many times our customers have already hit walls in those areas and ask us to lend our expertise to meet the requirements of local governments, planning boards, and historic commissions.  We have a fantastic track record of working with those agencies to find ways to bring projects through to success.

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Before Start of Construction, Winter 2007

Before Start of Construction, Winter 2007
Before Construction, a Concept Model was Produced

Before Construction, a Concept Model was Produced
New Foundation Recessed to Give Full Head Height In Lower Level

New Foundation Recessed to Give Full Head Height In Lower Level
Radiant Heat Tubes Embedded in the Floors Will Provide Both Heating and Cooling

Radiant Heat Tubes Embedded in the Floors Will Provide Both Heating and Cooling
Frame Repairs -- New Log Joists In Foreground

Frame Repairs -- New Log Joists In Foreground
With the Frame Repaired, Interior Paneling Is Installed

With the Frame Repaired, Interior Paneling Is Installed
Original Timbers are Reused Where Possible

Original Timbers are Reused Where Possible
Recreation of Traditional Joinery Is Always A Priority

Recreation of Traditional Joinery Is Always A Priority
New Slabbed Log Joists Replicate the Origianl Material

New Slabbed Log Joists Replicate the Origianl Material
The Voids in This Floor Will Be Filled With Concrete to Act as a Heat Mass For the Radiant HVAC System

The Voids in This Floor Will Be Filled With Concrete to Act as a Heat Mass For the Radiant HVAC System
Spiral Stair Connects New Floor Levels

Spiral Stair Connects New Floor Levels
Hog Barn Converted To Musical Instrument Shop.  Completed in 2009

Hog Barn Converted To Musical Instrument Shop. Completed in 2009
The Conversion Completed -- A Beautiful Setting For Fine Hand Work

The Conversion Completed -- A Beautiful Setting For Fine Hand Work
The Revitalized Barn Now Is Home to Beautiful Restorations of Fine Stringed Instruments

The Revitalized Barn Now Is Home to Beautiful Restorations of Fine Stringed Instruments