Hand Hewn

Hand Hewn is the fusion of two reclaimed barn frames.  The larger of the two frames, an English style barn characterized by a drive through center bay with large sliding doors, was built circa 1725 in Amsterdam, New York.  Cut from elm and oak, hewn beams run the full length of the structure. Gunstock posts flare out to support the oversized tenons of the tie beams.  The smaller barn was originally built in Sharon, Vermont and dates from the mid 1800s.  The two frames were carefully disassembled, restored and raised again on the site of a historic hill farm in Vermont’s Mad River Valley. 

Wherever possible, building materials were recycled, salvaged or locally sourced.  The chimney and fireplace were built with stone from the site as well as stone quarried in Panton, Vermont.  The stone floors are reclaimed slate roofing from Waterbury, Vermont.  All interior barn boards and flooring were salvaged from other Vermont barns Much of the cabinetry was built from maple and beech lumber that was harvested on the property. Two on-site solar arrays provide all the power needed for heating and electrical, including geothermal heat pumps, electric car chargers and a Tesla PowerWall. 


Karyn Scherer Architecture


Landscape Architect

Broadleaf Landscape Architecture






Lindsay Selin Photography