This stunning barn is located in the fertile valley of southern Virginia, just a few miles from the birthplace of country music. The modern barn is saddled between the North Fork of the Holston River and the AP Carter Hwy. The historic barn originally built in 1835 was located in Bellefontaine, Ohio and crafted from virgin oak. The barn was dismantled, restored and then re-erected in Mendota, Virginia to create an event center for family events and wedding gatherings. The restored barn style house is now located in Hiltons, Virginia. The barn is 40 feet by 70 feet for a total of 2,800 square feet of space.
The restored barn style house is home to breathtaking views of the winding river valley, and colorful sunsets, while the southern flagstone patio offers a more serene outdoor view. The barns exterior vertical wood siding offers deep charcoal hues that were achieved with the Japanese shou-sugi-ban technique. The technique pulled rich blues and grays from the stone facade of the east elevation. The barn style house joins the southern exterior space to the interior space with a massive double-sided fireplace and a hearth that consists of the same stone where guests could comfortably warm themselves at events or weddings.
The interior features of the modern barn offer warm honey patina wood walls and a cozy kitchen that is tucked neatly below the grand cantilevered balcony where guests can experience a bird's eye view of the barns festivities and look out at the incredible rolling landscape in every direction just beyond the numerous French-style casement barn windows. The overall composition of the setting, texture, form, and color unite in this modern barn with such a brilliantly natural manner that the Crooked Creek Farm feels nostalgically familiar that you will never want to leave. Visitors return again and again to this stunning barn, and it's easy to see why.
Shou sugi ban is a technique that originated in Japan in the 18th century primarily as a way to help treat cedar siding to make it weatherproof. The technique involves charring a wood surface to render it a deep charcoal-black color has recently become a popular treatment for both contemporary exteriors and indoor furnishings. You will even find variations of shou sugi ban in fine art. The process and finished result are aesthetically appealing, with blackening of the wood that reveals beautiful clean, distinct lines and textural beauty.
Shou sugi ban makes the wood durable and long lasting, with the life expectancy of Shou sugi ban estimated at more than 80 years when properly maintained. Wood is a renewable resource, and no chemicals are required for finishing. We would be remiss not to acknowledge the fact that fossil fuels are required for the burn process, but the ensuing lifespan makes that sacrifice negligible. You can get a variety of colors using this technique depending on how deeply you burn and how deep you brush the wood, to further alter or to enhance colors and it can be stained as well. Water resistance is another benefit of the technique, as the combination of carbonized wood and oil make the wood resistant to water and mould. The technique makes the wood fire resistant as burning wood can give it flame retardant properties. It also makes the wood insect resistant as termites, and other insects hate burnt wood.