Inspiring Transformation: Old Barn Turned into Fantastic Living Space

Inspiring Transformation: Old Barn Turned into Fantastic Living Space

We recently received information about this amazing project from Shed. According to the architects, “the project involved the conversion of a barn into living space supporting a variety of activities and guests. The program called for a workroom/kitchen, an apartment, a bunk room, and bathrooms to be arranged within the existing building envelope. SHED both designed and built the project, often living on site for extended periods of time. The familiarity with the site, building and client resulted in substantive refinements to the permitted plans that capitalized on unexpected potential as well as the execution of numerous details responsive to existing conditions. Working within the existing envelope of the barn, the design solution attempted to imbue each space with its own character through the use of natural light and its orientation to the landscape. The primary design interventions were the creation of a utility pass-thru separating the bunk room from the main work space, and the carved entry connecting the apartment to the workroom. Secondary design interventions include the addition of skylights, dormers and bay windows that developed the relationship of interior spaces to the pastoral landscape.


Each space was developed around a minimal palette of materials and color, with extensive re-use of existing barn materials. Some of these materials included the re-use of the original barn siding for interior paneling, re-milling of salvaged floor joists for stair material, trim and countertops. In a very real way, the barn was turned outside in and then wrapped in a new cedar board and batten skin that would weather and show its age well. Emphasis was placed on durability and directness of design solutions with the aim of creating practical and unique results. Re-use of salvaged cedar siding for interior wall surfaces, salvaged wood beams milled for countertops/benches and salvaged plumbing fixtures re-used are just a few of the recycling solutions found.”







  • tuffigirl February 3, 2011 at 13:21 PMLogin to Reply →

    You have finally done it Freshome…. you have posted my dream home !! This is just me! The only thing missing is a pool but I’d take care of that in a hurry. Beyond that it’s perfect!

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  • Angela February 3, 2011 at 20:12 PMLogin to Reply →

    Love, Love, Love it! When can I move in?

  • Mira February 3, 2011 at 22:43 PMLogin to Reply →

    Amazing! Looks like my dream house! :)

  • Eva@Four Leaf Clover February 7, 2011 at 12:37 PMLogin to Reply →

    What a beautiful and amazing home! I saw the photo of the room with the giant window on tumble and just had to come check it out. Breathtaking!

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