Storm Hill Orchard Barn
CLIENT: PRIVATE CLIENT
LOCATION: EMPIRE, MI
The Storm Hill Orchard Barn renovation transforms an abandoned apple barn into a spacious home-away-from-home for a couple with a love of writing, art, and vintage collectibles. Sited just south of the quaint lakeside village of Empire, the barn is a memory of the region’s agricultural past and a landmark within the town. The magic of the barn’s vast unpartitioned floorplan is recreated in the free-flowing living spaces of the renovation. The 3,200 square foot first floor is programmed with a series of “cabins” housing bedrooms, bathrooms, and laundry, with windows, hammock nooks, and halls scattered between them.
Through creative tectonic exploration, care toward material ecologies, and attention to the smallest of details, the Storm Hill Orchard Barn renovation works to reveal the unseen beauty of the structure, uncovering hidden histories and carving through the structure to create new ones.