Located in western Connecticut, Car Barn is appropriately named after its full-time inhabitants—a sophisticated collection of sleek, fast, and colorful ultramodern road cars. The property includes an impeccably detailed 10,000-square-foot bank barn, and an 1,800-square-foot guest house.
Energy efficiency, innovation, and craftsmanship were our guiding design principles. Unique reclaimed materials contrast beautifully with machined steel elements and native stone. The combination of rugged and refined materials, and state-of-the-art mechanical systems complement the antique post & beam showroom and garage.
Car Barn was designed for entertaining. Floor-to-ceiling steel windows overlook an antique bluestone terrace with a naturalized forest meadow beyond. The 30-foot-high Great Room fireplace is faced with custom concrete tiles that are rooted by a stone hearth, reminiscent of the surrounding trees. The building materials and mechanical systems are a study in precision and patina: reclaimed barn board and corrugated steel roofing; Coney Island boardwalk; machined steel and glass wine rooms; geothermal heating and cooling; ten pairs of automated, insulated, wood carriage doors; a car wash sheathed in 5’x10′ porcelain tile panels; a 75″ TV that rises from the Great Room floor; exotic stone counters.
At either end of the 80-foot showroom, light-filled steel and exotic hardwood stairwells provide access to all levels. At one end is an upper balcony with adjacent wine rooms and a tasting area. Across the catwalk, overlooking the opposite end of the showroom, are his-and-her offices.
This collaborative design and construction process was overseen and managed by Tracey Dillon for the design-build office of Michael Greenberg & Associates.