When thinking about homes in the Hamptons, prefab homes are not something that would generally be associated with the Hamptons. New Hampshire-based Yankee Barn Homes is changing the perception of prefab homes and NYC designer and creative director of Yankee Barn Homes, Jeffrey Rosen
recently completed three homes in East Hampton and is close to finishing a fourth.
Yankee Barn Homes design and build timber frame homes specializing in classic American architecture, including popular Hamptons styles like barn-style homes, classic farmhouses and coastal cottages. Each home has a varied style depending on the client and designer for both interior and exterior of the home. Rosen a New York City
interior designer by trade out, has been working for the New Hampshire based company for the past three years and loves the flexibility of the product. Since joining the company he is constantly pushing to make sure the product used stays technologically and aesthetically current.
The living room of the Tate House. (Photo: Yankee Barn Homes)
The homes Yankee Barn Homes and Rosen completed in East Hampton were located in the village which inspired Rosen to design and create homes which felt like they had been there for a long period of time to fit in with homes in the surrounding areas. Rosen said, "They are somewhat tight on the property because the lots are small so there's a lot of house packaged onto the property. So I'd say the inspiration was a regional New England look with some interesting interior volumes which are not typical for village locations."
Two of the properties, The English Cottage and White Wash Barn, are located on adjacent properties and went up at the same time. Rosen did not want them to look like they were "done by the same hand". He wanted them to have a distinctly different look saying, "I went with one having kind of an English look and the other has that distinctly New England barn look."
With his background being in New York City and the company based in New Hampshire, Rosen does see differences in design for the regions saying, "New York is a very specific market. Personally as an interior designer in the New York area, I think that, New York, LA, Miami and a little bit of Chicago
are on the forefront of design in this country and then the surrounding areas sort of cycle out." According to Rosen, New York and the Hamptons have a high demand for new and original design as well as a regional look.
Recent trends in homes which Rosen has noticed include barns, notions of big volumes, and the interplay of contemporary and traditional. Rosen said, "Barns have been very big for the past couple of years, whether it is a barn inspired house or barn inspired room. Timber and texture in a house are very popular and add big volume, you see it brought into kitchens, living rooms and great rooms. I am starting my first contemporary project, a flat roofed barn which has modern structures with the premise of a barn construction."
One of the benefits of a creating a prefab home verses a typical home is the time it takes to complete. For Rosen typically the design process for a house without a client takes around a week and with a client lasts two weeks to a month. The build time to produce a shell in New Hampshire is six to ten weeks. The shell is then transported to the site and it is put up like a traditional barn raising in typically a week to ten days. Rosen said, "The timber goes up first, so you see the shape of the house from the timber, followed by the individual wall panels which already have the windows."
The Laurel House while under construction. (Photo: Yankee Barn Homes)
Another benefit of the prefab homes are they have significant eco-benefits due to having no waste of material. Everything is pre-cut up in New Hampshire and they reuse any leftover product. The panels used are pre-insulated and the windows are pre-installed. When talking about the benefits of prefab homes Rosen said, "Their is great efficiency and time saving because of the inflated panel system and an added benefit is the houses are very quiet and temperature controlled. They go up together almost like a lego
Rosen thinks due to the big call for the notion using American made products given everything that's going on in the world, it is drawing a certain number of people towards Yankee Barn Homes. Rosen also thinks the idea of nesting and being able to have a comfortable place to come home to is driving the building industry. After seeing a home created by Yankee Barn Homes you will have no sense that it is prefab, the homes feel like they are hand crafted and have customizable design options making each unique to the owner.
Yankee Barn Homes creates homes across the United States. For more information visit www.yankeebarnhomes.com
Nicole is the Deputy Editor of Hamptons.com where she focuses on lifestyle, nightlife, and mixology. She grew up in the Hamptons and currently resides in Water Mill. www.hamptons.com