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Farm Store Building

Public retail store featuring a fully insulated space and locally milled lumber.

Atlas Farm Store
South Deerfield, MA
January 2011

Project Description

This frame is a 32’x48′ high posted cape style structure with a 10′ shed roof addition. It is now the main retail space for Atlas Farm but was under previous ownership at the time of construction.

We decided to cut the joinery for this frame on site as it provided us with a lot of good exposure and press. The main challenge for this project came with the time of year that we built it. The joinery began late in the fall and the raising took place mid-January. For anyone that remembers, that month broke all kinds of snowfall records. Roofs were collapsing all over the Valley during that time. Miraculously, there were three sunny days in the middle of the month that granted us a window for the raising. As the last peg was driven, the snow began to fall again and didn’t let up for days, burying the frame in another punishing round of snow.

All of the wood material for this barn came from within a 30 mile radius of the site.

The timbers for the frame were logged in Shelburne Falls and sawn by David Lashway of Highland Community Lumber in Goshen, Ma. They consist of eastern white pine, yellow and black birch.

The boards for the roof deck and siding are eastern white pine and were logged and sawn in Gill, Ma. by Dick French. Cowls, Inc. of Amherst supplied the tongue and groove white pine boards used on the interior. We recently completed insulation and interior finish work on the farm so the owner can keep the store open through the winter.

Come visit Atlas Farm on Route 5 & 10 just north of Yankee Candle’s flagship store.

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