Oakencroft winery barn exterior front

Oakencroft Farm and Winery

Albemarle County, Virgina

United States

The Journey of Redesigning with Accoya Wood

The Journey of Redesigning with Accoya Wood

In the realm of architecture and design, the quest for sustainability often requires a collaborative effort, bringing together like-minded individuals and innovative solutions. Such was the case in the redesign of a winery and meeting facilities, spearheaded by owner Ms. Dorothy Batten and orchestrated by the expertise of Sutphin Architecture, PLLC, alongside the craftsmanship of Alexander Nicholson Contractors.

“I have always felt most at home in buildings where the use of natural woods and organic materials are predominant features of their architecture and interior design. However, as a conservationist, when approaching the redesign of my winery and meeting facilities, I was faced with the dilemma of not wanting to use old-growth and slow to regenerate hardwoods that are so valued by the construction industry. So when I discovered Accoya by happenstance on a google search, I was delighted to learn of its sustainable qualities: use of a quickly regenerating wood species, its low carbon cost, and its LEED certification. Accoya’s acetylation process provided my project with a wood that is as long lasting, attractive, consistent, and highly versatile as any hardwood and that is better for the environment. We love the look of it and how it has performed.”

From the outset, Ms. Batten’s vision was clear: to create spaces that exuded warmth and elegance while upholding her commitment to environmental conservation. It was a vision shared by the entire team, each member bringing their unique expertise to the table.

Under the guidance of Sutphin Architecture, PLLC, the architectural blueprint took shape, marrying functionality with aesthetics. Led by Ansel Olsen, the photography captured the essence of the design process, documenting each stage with meticulous detail.


Central to the project’s ethos was the integration of sustainable materials and practices. This is where the expertise of Alexander Nicholson Contractors proved invaluable. With a focus on craftsmanship and attention to detail, they brought the architectural vision to life, ensuring every element reflected Ms. Batten’s dedication to sustainability.

One such innovation was the use of S4S 1.5×1.5 vertical batten strips and shiplap vertical siding, coated to enhance durability and longevity. Teel Painting’s expertise in applied coatings ensured a flawless finish, adding both beauty and protection to the structure.

Throughout the process, sustainability remained at the forefront of every decision. From the choice of materials to the construction techniques employed, each aspect was carefully considered to minimize environmental impact without compromising on quality.

The result? A testament to the power of collaboration and innovation in the pursuit of sustainability. Ms. Batten’s winery and meeting facilities stand as a beacon of responsible design, showcasing the beauty of natural materials while championing eco-friendly practices.



Property Owner: Ms, Dorothy Batten

Photography: Ansel Olsen, Sutphin Architecture

Architect – Sutphin Architecture, PLLC

General Contractor: Alexander Nicholson Contractors

Landscape Architect: Waterstreet Studio Landscape Architects

Painting/applied coatings: Teel Painting

Applications: Siding and Decking

Location: Albemarle County, Virgina


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