Maxwell's Stacked Barn Timeline & Complete Source List

Maxwell's Stacked Barn Timeline & Complete Source List

Maxwell Ryan
Jun 1, 2016
(Image credit: John Berg )

Please Note: This list will be added to and grow as the project moves to completion in spring 2017. At finish it will be a very long and detailed list. :)



  1. May - Survey complete and passed to architect
  2. September - Basic architectural plans completed - 4 months
  3. November - Engineering approval of architectural plans


  1. February - Permits applied for and granted by town
  2. April - Demolition
  3. May - Excavation for basement
  4. June - Basement footing and walls poured
  5. July - Framing completed
  6. August - Shingling of roof
  7. August - Basement slab poured
  8. August - Plywood outer walls installed
  9. August - Windows and doors installed
  10. September & October - Electrical and plumbing installed
  11. October & November - Insulation, AC w. ducting, mechanical room
  12. October - Pool
  13. November - Sheetrocking
  14. December - Painting & Dinesen Wood Walls
  15. December - Outdoor Deck Frame & Gabion Baskets
  16. December - Bathroom Floors Prepared


  1. January - Bathroom Tiling Done
  2. February - Upstairs Floors Finished, Bathrooms Installed
  3. March - Kitchen Installed, Outdoor Pipes for AC, Gutters

The Geniuses:

Architect: John Berg, Berg Design Architecture
Contractor: Peter Germano
Interior Design: Rebecca Robertson

Collaboration on a project like this is important and working with John, Peter and Rebecca was essential to the success of this house. While I had a strong vision for what I wanted, it was their guidance and additional perspective that made the house truly unique and strong in both its practicality and design.

Materials & Sources

All of the sources for the Stacked Barn are in line with the inspiration of it being a Scandinavian Barn like the ones I'd seen, collected in Pinterest and loved (you can see my Pin board for the house here). Wherever possible I chose materials and pieces that would NOT be American, but draw from the lines, color, shape and style of Scandinavia and Northern Europe. This style is definitely modern, but deeply infused with a love of natural materials and uncluttered space. Staying in line with this inspiration was not always easy, as we had to work around a lot of easy solutions that are very local to the trades in this country, and some of the materials and design decisions took extra time because they are totally new to the contractor. But it always worked out!

Floors, Walls & Ceilings:

Dinesen Classic Douglas Fir

This super wide plank flooring from Denmark was a big part of the inspiration for the house. I'd seen it years ago in a shop on Houston Street in NYC (below) and it stunned me. When I found the source, I made a note and kept it until this project. The wood is traditionally Scandinavian, softer than your typical wood flooring and is treated with a soap finish that turns it milky white.

(Image credit: Maxwell Ryan)

Faucets & Fixtures:

Hansgrohe Axor Citterio

I had the honor a few years back of being invited to Berlin by the Hansgrohe family to see the launch of their new faucet with Philippe Starck and their commitment to their products and to innovative design made a big impression on me. When it came to looking for the best faucet and fixture designs for this house I visited with them again and everything centered on those by Antonio Citterio. While he's done many collections for AXOR (Hansgrohe's design forward line), the two below won out. It was surprising to discover that Citterio's work would pop up in other places in this house as well - in the wood stove we found for the master bedroom as well as in some of the furnishings.

The kitchen faucet below is brand new and is called the Axor Citterio Select and it has a distinctive and easy to grab detachable head. The bathroom faucets and all the levers and shower fixtures are from the Axor Citterio M Collection.

(Image credit: Axor Hansgrohe)

Doors & Windows:


Getting the doors and windows right on this project was super important because, one, these things can be very expensive and are a big part of the building cost, and, two, I wanted a super modern style that would dissappear by way of allowing light and eyesight to flow right in and out of the house. I also needed the frames to be black to match the house.

After a lot of research, we loved Arcadia for their design and price. Not the cheapest, but not the most expensive, they are beautifully made and are super insulated, which means the house feels wide open, but will stay snug as a bug even in the coldest weather. You will see that we used the following models: Arcadia Sliding 5920 and 5000 Series Doors & T200 Windows.

(Image credit: Arcadia)


Farrow & Ball

When I can afford it and when I want really deep or sophisticated colors I go for Farrow & Ball. They make their paint in small batches and use many more pigments than typical paint companies. Additionally, you can breathe around their paint as it's water based and low VOC making them very eco friendly. Ironically, you're going to see many shades of white and grey in this house, as it's primarily meant to be light and bright, but there will be essential dots of color to shake things up.

(Image credit: Farrow & Ball)

Bathroom Tile:

Mats Theslius for Marrakech Design

In keeping with the Scandinavian theme, I found these absolutely stunning cement tiles designed by Mats Theslius and they were shipped from Sweden. While the whole house is very neutral and the materials speak for the space, the cement tiles do this as well, while adding a splash of graphic color and contrast.

(Image credit: Marrakech Design)
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