THORN TREE FARM HOUSE
BOYCE, VIRGINIA

This house is composed of three volumes– a passive solar, timber frame pavilion oriented to the south and east, a three-story tower, and a low slung hyphen between the two. Located in a rural area, the pavilion sits in a meadow, and the tower sits at the edge of the woods. The pavilion contains the living spaces: the tower holds the bedrooms, as well as a third-floor porch for watching sunrises and sunsets. The house is oriented towards the sun and the beautiful mountain views.

The mortise and tenon timber-framed pavilion, as well as the standing seam metal roofs, reflect the site’s rustic, agricultural nature. Cement board is used as lap siding on the pavilion. Large scale, randomly spaced, cement board “shingles”, made of sheets of cement board with wood dividers, sheathe the tower.

PROJECT CREDITS

  • Builder: Houseworks LLC, Berryville, Virginia
  • Structural Engineer: Painter- Lewis, P.L.C., Winchester, Virginia
  • Photographer: Nathan Webb, AIA, Reader & Swartz Architects, P.C.