Barn believable

Home to a rare breed of Swiss sheep and award winning wine, Rose Creek Farm in Cromwell has welcomed a new barn that is both fetching and functional. The 360m² farm building was constructed using three kitset sheds, a first for builder Brook Carr from Brook Carr Building Limited.

Having worked for five years on various projects with the owner, including restoring a 150 year old villa on the same property, Brook understood the client’s vision well. The barn needed to accommodate horse stables, sheep pens, shearing platforms, a saddle room, and a stylish space for farm tours and tastings.

The ultimate American barn look is achieved with traditional grey corrugated iron cladding, macrocarpa verandahs, shutter doors and windows, and a signature red roof. Custom sliding doors were constructed by Brook using rough sawn macrocarpa and locally made steel frames. The architraves, window shutters, and window frames are all hand-crafted in matching timber.

Brook worked closely with the owners to finetune the layout, which includes a lounge, bathroom, and kitchenette, all finished in ply and horizontal clad macrocarpa. Chandeliers, farming memorabilia, and retro fittings add style.

Brook says his team handled the complexities of the eightmonth build well. The project involved designing steel brackets and portals and adding timber reinforcement to marry the three sheds. “I have been told that no one has built a barn using three kitset sheds before. People were interested to see how the unique style of construction would all come together.”

The results speak for themselves: a unique twist on the traditional Kiwi shed, crafted to look as if it has always been there, fulfilling the homeowner’s wish.

Location: Cromwell | Central Otago

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