Sheep Hole Farm
Ottsville, PA

The new owners of this 19th century farmstead sought our expertise and guidance through the process of envisioning a major transformation of the property. The process began with an in-depth evaluation of the existing structures and master and land use planning of the 82-acre site in Bucks County. We converted the timber frame wagon house and stone barn complex from crude living and play spaces into a rustic yet refined guesthouse and home. During design and construction, we retained and magnified the structures’ inherent strength of character, complementing historic materials with sympathetic and sophisticated contemporary details. Plaster covered fireplace masses with raw steel lintels contrast the red stone but blend with the existing pointing. The original structures are seamlessly joined with the new construction. Responding to the owner’s appreciation for atypical solutions, we retrofit a circular, metal corncrib to serve as a screen porch befitting the barn’s agricultural roots. The artfully crafted environment flows from one space to the next with delightful variety.