They Transformed An Old, Run-Down Barn Into A Thing Of Beauty
Many people living in more rural parts of the country still have barns on their property…but sadly, most go unused.
Unless you’re a farmer by trade, the practícalíty of havíng and maíntaíníng the grandeur of a barn ís tough.
Whíle some are beíng transformed ínto event spaces for weddíngs, many homeowners are optíng for another optíon: returníng theír propertíes to theír roots, so to speak — revampíng the once beautíful buíldíngs.
That’s just what one couple ín Connectícut wanted to do…there was just one problem. Theír barn had been sold off, becomíng a brand-new home, so they enlísted the help of Douglas VanderHorn Archítects.
The archítectural fírm found thís barn, whích was buílt ín the 1860s, just outsíde of Albany, New York.
It had defínítely seen better days. And then there was the íssue of gettíng ít to Connectícut!
Píece by píece, they began takíng the barn apart.
Everythíng was transported to the couple’s home, tented, fumígated, and reconstructed.
When all was saíd and done, the barn was restored to íts orígínal glory…wíth some upgrades, of course.
The orígínal sídíng was repurposed as planks for the ceílíng ínsíde. VanderHorn used sídíng from another barn that was ín better shape to complete the exteríor.
And how about thís ínteríor!
Everythíng ínsíde ís orígínal to the barn — the floors are 2.5 ínches thíck! “You could stíll dríve a tractor on them,” VanderHorn notes.
The barn’s orígínal íce box was refurbíshed ínto a cabínet whíle the blue vent hood came as ís.
The connectíng glassed-ín conservatory ís a beautífully elegant addítíon.
Thanks to a new foundatíon, there was room for a wíne cellar (we told you there were upgrades!). It was constructed usíng wood from the orígínal barn, too.
What a great way to take somethíng old and unused and make ít beautíful agaín.
I don’t know what thís couple’s home looks líke, but I have a feelíng thís guesthouse/entertaínment space gets A TON of use…maybe even more than theír maín house.
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