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A Tobacco Curing Barn Turned Writing Studio

by Amy Azzarito

In the thirty years that Margaret Sartor and Alex Harris have lived on this property in Durham, North Carolina, this early 20th century tobacco curing barn has been used for a number of purposes most notably as a children’s playhouse. But now that the children are grown, Margaret decided to use the barn space to create the writing studio she’s always wanted. She called upon Arrowhead Designs to create a modern, working studio while honoring the existing history and aesthetic. Arrowhead brought in local carpenter Andy Pitre to create an entirely new structure within what became the facade of the new building. Together they transformed the old structure into a modern and functional workspace that is sure to combat any writer’s block. –Amy

Photography by Joshua Hoffman

Image above: “Front exterior of barn with new porch, gable siding, Arrowhead swing made of milled oak logs and Bertoia chairs.”

Image above: “The working interior of the studio. All built-ins designed and built specifically for this project.”

Image above: Repurposed military cot-turned-daybed.

See more of the barn after the jump!




Image above: Custom cantilevered baltic birch and mild steel shelves.






Image above: “New chinking and oak surrounds cut specifically for the studio project.”


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