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Factor 48

Birmingham, AL

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Set in a rural landscape, this barn and residence is sited alongside a creek on a 30-acre horse farm. The project includes a full barn, covered riding arena and residence. Private bedrooms, baths and an office are located on the second floor overlooking the stalls, covered arena and surrounding gardens.

The barn aisles form a T that the tack room, feed room, wash rack and five stalls open directly onto. Dormer windows in the barn provide natural ventilation while the concrete mass walls give substantial insulation value, keeping the barn cool in the summer and warm in the winter.

A desire for expanded living space led to the addition of a kitchen, great room and support spaces on the main level. Stacked bluestone columns support the timber-framed roof, allowing the steel and glass walls to float. The living space opens onto a deep porch that looks onto a grove of oak trees. An oversized fan and operable clerestory windows provide natural ventilation.