Barn Retreat

An architect converts a dilpadated barn into a swank country house.

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What in the world is a Big Apple family doing in the rural Pennsylvania countryside? Better yet how in the world did they manage to create a sleek, state of the art home out of a barn? Joe Levine, Jane Cyphers and their daughters took a dilapidated barn in Milanville, Penn., and turned it into a breathtaking home in the country.

The 1840s structure rests beside the soothing Delaware River. Luckily, the barn was in good hands with Levine, a renowned New York-based architect. The conversion process was tricky and challenging and saving the original structure wasn’t easy. It required cabling and bracing the frame, replacing rotted beams and then suspending it above the ground so that a foundation wall system and basement could be created. Modern conveniences and luxuries are sprinkled throughout, but the upstairs still retains a hayloft ambiance.

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