In the heart of the Boxford Historic District, Benjamin Nutter Architects was tasked with updating a barn while also ensuring that all design changes were appropriate not only to the Owner’s home, but also satisfied the guidelines of the Historic District Commission. The exterior was in need of extensive renovation. Board & batten siding was in disrepair, the hinged barn doors didn’t open properly, the transom windows over the doors were in poor condition, and boring bees had created multiple holes in the roof trims. Benjamin Nutter Architects set to work designing & detailing a much needed facelift. The board siding was replaced with white cedar shingles, trim was replaced with a composite material to mitigate damage from bees, the transom windows were reconditioned by the carpenter, and all of the doors were rebuilt. Custom, hand-forged strap hinges were fabricated by a local blacksmith for the large doors. The roofing was converted to a more functional metal standing seam product. The barn has been updated to incorporate 21st century building methods, while also transitioning to a more historically appropriate design.