HERITAGE RESTORATIONS

EST. 1997

Kevin Durkin
Kevin Durkin
I think perhaps we all have a favorite barn in our past. Maybe we only ever drove by it. Or maybe we spent some time and got to know it from the inside out and can still recall the earthy fragrance of old wood, past harvests and new mown hay and remember the feel of its weathered timbers, worn smooth by the winds of countless winters past.

Looking back, our barn story began in the ancient Catskill Mountains nearly fifty summers ago when up the road from our place at the top of the hill there was an old, abandoned barn. On summer evenings we never tired of walking the half-mile up the hill to explore that old hand-hewn barn, a timeless place of old oak beams, ancient stone walls and forgotten notes tacked to the wall by a farm family that had once called it their barn.

From there you could look westward across the valley all the way to Overlook Mountain. Some evenings we would end the day lying on the bed of an old hay wagon, staring up at the endless summer sky and watching the swallows soaring and diving in great arcs in and out of the loft.

Original photo of the first barn restored by Heritage Restorations.
Original photo of the first barn restored by Heritage Restorations. New Jersey, 1997

About sixteen years ago, with the memory of that old barn occasionally bubbling back up to the surface, we went in search of another timber-framed barn to restore for ourselves, not far from that old barn on the hilltop in the mountains. And not long after completing that first barn restoration, folks began to ask if perhaps we could find another old barn and make it into a special home for them.

One thing led to another, and now, over two hundred barns and many years later, we have been able to build a lot of unique barn homes for folks who’ve also come to appreciate the timeless and simple beauty of these hand-crafted working buildings. And in the process we learned more about these forgotten monuments to the roots of America’s agrarian past. There are no two barns the same. Each of these buildings is a unique testimony to a forgotten age of the enduring values of hard work, care and hand craftsmanship.

Now, all these years later, I sometimes pass over the hill where that barn stood, though it is no more, the relentless mountain winters having slowly reclaimed it. And I realize that perhaps we’ve been able to capture and recreate for other people the wonder of that old barn in the mountains. Places where on summer evenings you can still sit on the front porch of your barn home with close friends and a distant view and watch the swallows soar as the sun hides itself below the horizon.

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  • Leah Arnett

    Hello

    We have a stone 4 room with fireplace cabin on our property in Wimberley Texas (South of Austin in the HIll Country). It was built in 1883 and used as a homestead/stagecoach stop for the Pony Express. We are ready to restore it and need someone who is interested in helping us preserve the historical look and feel while upgrading it to todays needs to make it habitable. It has an old cistern out back. Cabin has electricity and is close to water access. Our time line is January 2017 start for about 6 months.

    Is this something you do or know someone who does?

    Thanks in advance.

  • Tara

    Do you have any completed barn frame homes in Austin TX area that are available to peek at? Or References from them to see what their building costs were? And finally, any more gothic frames become available???

    Thank you!
    Tara

  • Alina Barna

    Hi,do you build new barns in Romania? Thanks!

  • Malinda Shultice

    Do you by chance build in Iowa?

    • D.K. Sun
      D.K. Sun

      Yes. We will restore and relocate these historic buildings anywhere in the world.

  • jr

    Nice

  • Smeagol McDeagol

    Wow, barns are super-neat! We would like to lives in them to hide from hobbitses.

  • JEAN

    I have a barn on my property that they say is over 100 yrs… I painted and put a plain tin roof on trying to save it as much as I can… it has open horse stalls… wish it could be restored to be saved for another 100 yrs… I am only going by people who have lived around it as I know nothing about barns except love them…
    wish there was a place on here to post a picture…

    .

  • Patrice Barnett

    Is it possible to build a barn for @$350,000 in Columbia County, NY, maximum square feet, 2,000 with 3 bedrooms and 2 baths?

    • Caleb Tittley
      Caleb Tittley

      Hello Patrice, Thanks for asking. There are so many variables in construction that make it hard to estimate with so few details. There are many questions to ask. What kind of house do you plan to build? What type of finishes do want to use? Stained concrete for the floors or hardwood? Stone on the exterior or a cement board product? Vinyl windows or wood? These are things that we would love to discuss so that you can get an idea of what it costs to build the house you want to live in! Please feel free to give us a call and one of us can help you get a better idea of cost. We look forward to hearing from you!

      Caleb