The owners of Sassafras Fork Farms in Rougemont, NC had a need for a large venue on their picturesque organic farm. It was to be the most authentic, useful, and memorable structure on the property where parties, weddings, and other get-togethers would be hosted.
The barn is erected on 6×6 posts with heavy pre-engineered wood trusses made of southern yellow pine and fastened with exposed gangnails. The trusses are placed with 12’ spacing allowing for exposed purlins to be seen to express the rawness and reality of building on a farm.
Finishes are made from as many salvaged materials as possible, reflecting the farmer’s ethos of resourcefulness and conservation. The end result is a structure with enough character to lend itself to another period of time.
A clerestory “pop-up” in the center of the great space allows for the escape of warm air when the barn is filled with partygoers. The windows allow for the emittance of light through the members of the trusses, casting shadows of overlapping geometries on the concrete floors.
Enormous porches flank both sides of the main space to guarantee enough outdoor space for backup in case of inclement weather. Lofts on each side of the barn are open to below and offer even more party space when occupancy demands.