Barn at Critter Creek

Barn at Critter Creek

Furman + Keil Architects
Austin, Texas, USA | View Map
Project Year
Private Houses
Dror Baldinger
Product Spec Sheet

ElementBrandProduct link
Flat lock metal sidingDrexel MetalsDMC100ss, DMC150ss
Steel doors and windowsBliss Nor-Am
Wire mesh infill panelsMcNICHOLS CO.
Delta Vertical Reciprocating ConveyorWildeck

Product Spec Sheet
Flat lock metal siding
Steel doors and windows
by Clopay
Wire mesh infill panels
Delta Vertical Reciprocating Conveyor
by Wildeck

Barn at Critter Creek

Furman + Keil Architects as Architects

The bones that compose the multi-purpose barn at Critter Creek had a previous life as the owners’ home. After sheltering the homeowners for two decades, the structure was initially slated for demolition to make way for the family’s new home. Instead, the firm and client decided to repurpose and relocate the existing structure, preserving the spirit and memory embedded in this place. 

Exposed timber frame beams and rafters were carefully dismantled and numbered for reassembly. Re-engineered with new galvanized steel connectors, the rebuilt timber frame was extended to complete the entire barn interior.

The new building features spaces for art projects, repairs, vehicle maintenance and storage, along with the occasional party. A mezzanine was added to take advantage of the existing height within the structure and to segregate activities.

Rocks quarried from the site compose the two end gable walls. A cantilevered steel brow protects the five aluminum and glass garage doors. With the addition of two large dormers cross ventilation and natural light filter deep into the space. The reuse of Douglas fir siding from the original interior reinforces the memories of the previous home.

The sensitive reuse of this structure provides the family with a reflection on the past while accommodating their dreams for the future.

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School of Plastic Arts Oaxaca
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