For 25 years Mark Keoppen has been in business building homes and studios and restoring barns for living and working. He's restored old farmhouses and has built traditional homes. His services include site planning to utilize passive solar and geothermal energies, radiant heat systems, interior and exterior stonework, cabinetry, tile work and more.
When he approaches a barn renovation project he enters a dialogue with the homeowners and the barn: “The barn shows me its structure and rhythm, its open, raw space and the homeowners tell me what their needs are for living in the space.”
Mark finds a balance, making the barn comfortable without putting up so many walls that the freedom of movement is blocked. Light needs to come in — windows and doors must be placed to illuminate and at the same time give a sense that one is inside a secure building. Line is important: The placement and design of windows, stairs, railing, doors and even trim in relationship to the lines of the beams and rafters all serve to enhance the beauty of the space.
Whether in a barn-home, or a traditional home, these aesthetic considerations will contribute to the pleasure the homeowners will have living in the building