When a couple in Charleston, South Carolina sought to transform a formerly derelict structure into a home, they removed swaths of the ceiling to reveal the original horizontal beams, which were milled from dense old-growth trees.
In Pine Plains, New York, architect Preston Scott Cohen re-imagined an early 1800s barn as a family vacation home, using the size of the interior to evoke the structure's original agrarian spaciousness while also emphasizing its new function as a house. Though the owners were initially concerned that the expansive interior might feel too cavernous, the barn's original horizontal beams create the illusion of a lower ceiling.
A converted farmhouse in France features a box-shaped balcony with oak built-ins that compliment its original timber beams.
For Mark Dixon, an architect, and Alexandra Lange, an architecture critic, refurbishing their 19th-century apartment in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn was an involved and complex process. In the living room of the finished renovation, Lange and Dixon relax with their son Paul beneath the exposed ceiling beams and steel framing of the original structure.
Self-taught designer Tom Givone began with a tricky task: refashioning a 19th-century structure in upstate New York into his own vacation home. In the kitchen, Givone opted to leave the structure's original beams intact while replacing the back wall with skyscraper glass.