Architect’s Design Process : Modern Barn Studio

Markers I use are here:

In this video I walk you through the techniques used to generate the floor plan for a modern barn studio and currently on the boards at 30X40 Design Workshop. The project was to design an outbuilding, a folly, that is deferential to the existing structures on the property. A simple, but flexible space is required, adapting to a variety of needs from guest quarters, to play space, to gathering, and study. A scaled down barn seemed the perfect starting point, and the schemes developed show how we take the traditional notions of the barn typology and morph them into more contemporary readings.

I discuss the four plan options and two variants that were developed, describing how I arrived at each of the solutions. The video ends with a look at the SketchUp model I’ve created alongside the plans to begin studying the three-dimensional ramifications of the plan decisions. I use this to refine the design with my client as we move forward.

I have simple, modern house plans for download on my site:

Thanks for watching.

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  1. Vadim Kosarev
    December 23, 2014

    thanks for sharing

  2. James Caution
    January 4, 2015

    Love the wooden marker stand πŸ™‚
    Did you buy it or make it yourself?


  3. Camilo Andres Hernandez Aguirre
    May 3, 2015

    Hi, Iwant to know, what program do you use for modeling??

  4. Prophet86
    May 19, 2015

    I enjoyed watching your video and I am not an architect, but in my opinion you haven't considered one of the most important aspects of a barn: its height. Why not developing idea with two levels (an upper floor) and double ceiling sections?
    I also think that your best concept was the third one (with glazing on both sides). It would conceive more the idea of spaciousness that you were chasing.

  5. James Aldred
    March 6, 2016

    I want to be a architect, I am good at using autocad and sketchup. my drawing isn't bad either. you got any tips that could help me, thanks

  6. Gautam Thakkar
    August 14, 2016

    Hi, this is a great insight on your design processes as a studio! Thanks for sharing!
    Just curious, which are those pens/ sketch pens/ markers on the desk that you use for sketching? Please do share, I am always looking for good stationary for sketching!

  7. M i D
    December 27, 2016

    For someone who is thinking about studying architecture and/or architectural engineering this is a really fun and interesting insight into how it is to design buildings and their floor plans! Thanks!

  8. Karl Helbig
    February 24, 2017

    Hey. Loved your video – thanks for sharing… What's the tool bar down the left side of Sketchup? Looks interesting!

  9. Patrick Daly
    March 6, 2017

    Very Interesting,
    I have been designing small projects for years. Did'nt realise how set in my ways I had become. Love seeing you working on paper and diagramming. So easy to go straight to CAD these days. I also like your reference to Form Space and Order by F.D.K. Ching – I have just taken it down off the shelf now.

  10. 30X40 Design Workshop
    April 5, 2017

    For more on how I develop Design Concepts, watch:

  11. jabu Mriga
    May 7, 2017

    i need your input on my plan. how do i communicate with you

  12. Mohamed Hashem Yousef
    June 17, 2017

    That was great .. Thanks for sharing

  13. JoΓ£o Paulo Alves Rodrigues
    October 5, 2017

    Eu amo esse canal!!

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