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Light & Bright: A Dream Barn

Custom Horse Timber Barn


This traditionally styled heavy timber horse barn on Martha's Vineyard is big on aesthetics and small on square footage.


Custom Horse Timber Barn


"In terms of the architectural narrative, this barn is on Martha's Vineyard, an island rich with history, and we wanted the barn to appear as though it could have been a structure from the 1800s that was restored and used as functional equestrian space today,” explained Architect Patrick Ahearn. “We ultimately designed a barn that was complementary to the main residence and fit the context of the Vineyard really well."


Custom Horse Timber Barn


"One of the goals was to keep the overall space light and bright, from the tack room to the stalls and the spaces in between and above - for the benefit of the horses and the enjoyment of the people experiencing the barn," Patrick continued. "New Energy Works has been a great partner to build out our designs. In the past three years we've done more than a dozen barns with them all over the country, from Ohio to outside of Boston and this project on the Vineyard. They're fabulous to work with."


Custom Horse Timber Barn
“This horse barn project was a great collaboration between Patrick Ahearn’s team and our engineers. We drove some of the design from a structural and visual standpoint on this barn, which is really cool to be allowed to influence so much of a project like this based on a trusting, collaborative, long-standing relationship with the architect.” - Eric Fraser New Energy Works COO


The four-stall barn is only 36' x 36', but comfortably features a functional hayloft, recreational bar area, and deck overlooking the water. Designed to complement the existing home on the property, the barn was a passion project for the homeowner who is a life-long horse lover.


Custom Horse Timber Barn


"This horse barn is one of the most beautiful barns on the island of Martha's Vineyard,” the homeowner shared. “The budget was not going to restrict me on this, it is a dream barn project, which moved the design away from some other more prefab cookie cutter designs that other companies offer to a more custom structure. Lots of credit to the architect, builder, carpenter, and New Energy Works team, because there were a lot of people working together to craft this barn and highlight the timber frame. It is a very special place to me."


Custom Horse Timber Barn


Project Credits:


Architect: Patrick Ahearn Architecture

Builder: Chris Castonon Builder

Timber Frame: New Energy Works

Engineer: Stahly Engineering & Associates 

Photography: Bob Gothard Architectural Photographer



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