A beautiful modern Maine barn house surrounded by a serene forest

modern barn home exterior

Woodhull Architects has designed and built this modern barn house with a mix of salvaged and new materials, located in a secluded setting of Kennebunk, Maine. The owner’s vision was to craft a timeless family home, utilizing salvaged materials sourced from an antique farmhouse and barn that once stood on a different part of the property.

The timber roof structure, interior wood cladding, and doors were all reclaimed from the original house and thoughtfully combined with new, sustainable materials like Maine cedar, hemlock timber, and steel. Additionally, salvaged cabinetry and fixtures from a mid-century-modern teardown in Weston, MA were seamlessly integrated into the design, forging a modern house that retains a strong connection to its historical roots.

modern barn home exterior

Designed with a young family in mind, the house also accommodates visiting relatives and the potential future needs of the owners with an accessible first-floor bedroom suite. The structural system boasts a hybrid approach, featuring a stick-framed shell supported by a blend of new and antique timbers, reinforced with structural steel, all left in their authentic state without concealing their original identities or functions.

farmhouse entry with a two level staircase

The bedroom wing showcases a finished walkout basement, while the kitchen/owner’s bedroom wing employs slab-on-grade construction and radiant heating underneath a polished concrete floor. To harness the warming winter light and provide shade during the height of summer, a louvered cedar sunshade was incorporated into the design.

farmhouse living room

Above: Large windows let in an abundance of natural light into this modern living room framed by exposed wooden and steel beams.

farmhouse living room

The exposed interior structural elements are intentionally left unaltered and unfinished, lending a rustic and authentic feel. The exterior steel, made of weathering steel, remains unfinished to achieve a natural rusty patina. For roofing, unpainted galvalume-coated steel was chosen as the durable material of choice.

farmhouse powder room

Above: This bright and clean bathroom features a wall-mount sink.

farmhouse kitchen

Above: This barn home features two stories of exposed beams and rustic accents.

farmhouse kitchen

Above: Exposed beams and wood accents abound in this modern barn home kitchen.

farmhouse kitchen sink

Above: Corner windows allow the outside into this farmhouse kitchen.

farmhouse kitchen sink

What We Love: The recovered salvaged wood accents lend a hint of rustic, providing inviting warmth to this modern barn home. We are especially loving the secluded setting of this dwelling and attention to eco-friendly design. Overall, we think this is a beautifully constructed home showcasing eye-catching design details throughtout, idyllic for family living and entertaining.

Tell Us: What are your overall thoughts on the aesthetics of this barn house design? Are there any details you would change? Let us know in the Comments below!

Note: Have a look at a couple of other fabulous home tours that we have showcased here on One Kindesign in the state of Maine: A soothing coastal Maine home in harmony with its wooded setting and A gorgeous post and beam home has serene views over coastal Maine.

farmhouse staircase

farmhouse upstairs hallway

Above: Elements of the rustic past are called forth in this modern barn home hallway.

farmhouse bedroom

farmhouse bedroom corner window reading nook

farmhouse bathroom

Above: Take a relaxing bath surrounded by the Maine forest.

farmhouse family room with a blue sliding door

farmhouse bunk bedroom

farmhouse bathroom

modern barn home exterior with a patio

Throughout the landscape, granite blocks sourced from the original farmhouse foundation are repurposed as charming features like steps and seating. Every interior door was salvaged from either the original farmhouse or the Weston house.

modern barn home exterior

modern barn home exterior at dusk

Above: This covered entryway is integrated with two floors of large windows.

PHOTOGRAPHER Trent Bell Photography

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Cathy jo
10 months ago

Beautiful home. I love all of the details, especially the stairs. All the pictures were great. I love this site.

Michael D Keenoy
10 months ago

Is the editor on vacation?

Michael D Keenoy
10 months ago

I am not a fan of the “moving pictures” of the residents of the homes we get a sneak peek at. But the picture of the boy jumping off the very high upper bed onto a lower bed made me exit the viewing. I am a fan of “jumping on a bed” (for kids)…but not dangerously leaping from a high perch as shown.