Modern rustic barn provides ultimate man cave retreat in Connecticut


Designed by Mark P. Finlay Architects, the concept of this stone and wood barn was to create a retreat for the owner of this Ridgefield, Connecticut property. The brand new ‘old’ building fits within the historic context of the compound and includes the main living space, a pub room complete with wet bar, wine cellar, gym, library/conference room, outdoor living and dining space and extensive outdoor kitchen with large pizza oven.

The structure is nestled in the landscape adjacent to the pool and reflects a fusion of rustic and modern styles with sleek vertical wood siding juxtaposed with natural stone.  The main living area features 21-foot exposed timber-framed ceilings overlooked by a separate loft lounge area. The ultimate gentleman’s sanctuary, the barn represents the true lifestyle of the client with a contextual architectural design.


Above: The main seating area of this pub room is rich and bold, decorated with leather sofas and armchairs and beautiful wood floors and ceiling. The stone walls create an aesthetic of a traditional English pub. 


Above: The stone walls of the pub room beautifully arch over the metal bar top, complemented by rich leather bar stools. 


Above: This unique dining table features built-in stool seating and is paired with curve legged side chairs for a perfect fusion between industrial and traditional.


Above: The living room features exquisite stone walls and a dramatic double volume ceiling with an exposed timber frame. An industrial custom concrete coffee table and rich upholstery infuse this space with a bold, masculine and sophisticated style. 


What We Love: This modern rustic barn is used as a retreat for family gathering and as a man cave for relaxing, working out and business functions. The outdoor spaces are just as lavish, providing plenty of space for living, dining and entertaining family and friends. Ideally connected to the pool area, this helps to expand this amazing entertainment barn to the outdoors.

Tell Us: Would this be your idea of the ultimate entertainment space? Please share your thoughts in the Comments below!

Note: Have a look at a couple of our favorite barn house tours that we have featured here on One Kindesign: Take a peek inside this gorgeous entertainment barn in Tennessee and Small and cozy modern barn house getaway in Vermont.


Above: A custom concrete and wood coffee table in the living room is a piece of art in itself.



Above: In the home library, built-in bookshelves display the owner’s extensive book collection while providing a space to work from home and conduct meetings.


Above: This home gym is both functional and aesthetically beautiful.


Above: The outdoor living area cozies up to a gorgeous stone fireplace for seasonal warmth.


Above: An expansive wood pergola provides shelter for this outdoor dining area. The beautiful stone top dining table is complemented by woven chairs to seat up to eight guests.


Above: The modern rustic barn is nestled idyllically in the landscape of the historic complex. It also engages directly with the pool and spa. 


Above: The back of the barn overlooks a gorgeously landscaped yard with a stone fountain.


Photos: Michael Partenio

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Alice ZIegler
6 months ago

I delivered food to this house when I was a delivery driver lol

4 years ago

An extraordinary getaway. Exquisitely beautiful!