When we bought our house, one of the things I was most excited about was the old barn that was on the property. I had so many hopes and dreams for the barn - with its fabulous and interesting roofline, its old windows, the hayloft, its 6 stalls, and all of the unused space.
Well, it has been nearly 6 years and we have yet to do anything with the barn. The house had so many unexpected needs, being as it was built in 1928 and hasn't been maintained all that well. While the house now has a new roof, the wiring and plumbing on the main floor is up to code, and the wood rot has been replaced, the poor old barn is in desperate need of some pretty substantial TLC. I am hoping that this summer we can really start to spend some time working on getting her to the condition that she needs to be so that we can start to really use her. As it is right now, we have a horse (that came with the property) who uses the very last stall. That leaves five stalls that have so much potential. The stalls are all under the "addition" which runs off of the original barn. The original building was probably built sometime around 1930 and is fairly solid, although in need of some maintenance and a new roof. It has a huge hay loft above it which I am dying to get my hands on as there is a door at one end that opens to the roof of the studio - a structure connected to the original building with a flat roof. I would love to use that half of the hayloft as a "girls only" clubhouse complete with walk-out deck. :)
I have always loved barns and ours is no exception. I am nearly giddy with excitement at the idea of being able to begin planning the renovation as she has so much potential! I don't really want to do major work, but there are a lot of small projects that we can do ourselves. Now I simply need to motivate my handsome and very handy husband...
The barns above have been converted into usable spaces - an idea that I am really excited about. I love the idea of *reusing* something to make it work for us~