Landers Family Cabin

7,180 SF cabin located in Paron, AR.

Project Statement

Project Statement

This cabin was designed for Little Rock residents, Steve & Sandy Landers, as a retreat for their family. The couple is fascinated with old barns, and liked the idea of bringing new life to a tired old structure. After searching for years, Mrs. Landers found a dilapidated old Dutch barn in northern New York that had been originally erected in 1752. The frame was measured, recorded, disassembled, and re-constructed in Paron, Arkansas to provide the backbone for a new cabin. The original mortise and tenon joinery was preserved, and is a beautiful testament to the strength and ingenuity of the early American craftsmen who built these structures.

The floor plan was developed to provide wide open public spaces, and to showcase the 260+ year old barn frame. In all rooms, the columns and beams are exposed and provide a wonderful contrast with the otherwise modern construction techniques. Local stone was gathered on-site to construct the fireplace. A blacksmith in Mountain Home, AR fashioned the unique interior handrail.

During construction, I was surprised to count over 350 rings on one of the main beams in the Living Room. A bit of quick math indicates that if the timber was 350 years old in 1752...the tree began growing almost a century before Columbus visited North America.

This project was a pleasure to work on from start to finish, and our team is very proud to have been a part of it.

- Brian Black, AIA

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