How many times, did we hear our mother say, “Close the door, do you think you live in a barn?” There are a few folks that can answer literally, “yes!” An emerging opinion has to do with these structures, some of which are quite dilapidated, that they should be revitalized, remodeled for homeowners to enjoy. Some neighborhoods have bans on building any additional structures, but if you happen to have an old barn in the back yard you might be able to turn it into something quite amazing. Take a look at this one, Owings Brothers had a hand in re-purposing!
Due to building codes this homeowner was required to maintain the barn’s existing footprint. As with any 100 year old structure the challenge is accommodating the new structure using the original building. Some of the obstacles faced was floor spans and roof loads, while still maintaining an open finished interior. This is a unique project, since not many homeowners have a barn in their backyard, but with the expanse of the property, it adds another finished element that strengthens their home’s value.
The homeowner wanted the barn to appear original in its form, yet have a more polished look. To fulfill their request the architect and contractor decided the exterior would be a board on batten pattern with a suspended copper entry roof and also added small shed dormers to compliment both the style and pitch of the roofs. The interior of the structure rivals the best of any recreation room or finished lower level. The area contains a golf simulator area, cozy gathering area in front of a stone masonry fireplace, pool table and English pub bar on the second floor and partial basketball shooting area located in the rear. The interior walls were hand fitted and crafted of vintage reclaimed barn siding to maintain the rustic, yet refined feel. This project combines the days of old with what’s current in an interesting and appealing way.