Barlow Farmhouse

Fritz ArchitectureBarlow Farmhouse

Description 0

This charming, uniquely constructed farmhouse captured the imagination of its new owners, but required extensive upgrades to its construction, as well substantial redesign. Originally completed in 1913, the house was built without studs, and instead relied on horizontal planks with plaster interior and wood exterior siding. Apparently that was a ‘thing’ at the time. The one-bedroom, one-bath home had fallen into disrepair over the years, with sagging porches, a leaky roof, mold and insect issues, and a settling foundation.

In addition to remodeling the existing downstairs, the design involved transforming the attic into livable space and adding a room with a large deck to the south. The first floor now contains a kitchen, laundry room, dining room, sitting room, bathroom, bedroom, and office, while the second floor has a master suite and and a third bedroom. A new foundation has been poured, new 2×6 stud walls were added to the existing walls at remodeled portions of the original structure providing some actual structure as well as space for insulation. The roof framing ended up requiring replacement throughout the original structure. The sitting room addition includes a 16′ wide pocket sliding door with a zero-threshold transition to a concrete paver deck and cathedral ceiling. New aluminum casement windows have been installed throughout capturing the beautiful views across the property. The new roof is a dark gray standing seam metal and James Hardie Aspyre Artisan siding replaced the wood siding on the original structure while the addition walls are clad in standing seam metal matching the roof. The owners are unsure of the future of an existing water tower in close proximity tot he house, but hope to be able to relocate it elsewhere on the property. Large white eucalyptus and London Plane trees near the house provide dappled shade and many branches for local birds of prey to keep watch from.

Project Team

Structural Engineer: Structural Design Group

Energy Consultant: Delta T Energy

General Contractor: Ron Vann Construction

  • Date Published: Completed April 2023
  • Categories: Single-Family

Related Projects

small town urbanism

urban design thoughts through the filter of living in a small town

P.O. Box 1074
Sebastopol, CA 95473
Paul Fritz in Sebastopol, CA on Houzz


[contact-form-7 id="35" title="Contact form 1"]