CHARMING BARN CONVERTS TO COZY COUNTRY COTTAGE


Metamodern Designs for Living. Barn Conversion.

“To create a dramatic and interesting entry, we added a vertical circular structure (E) which is reminiscent of a silo that will protrude above the roof. This calls out the entry on the outside and gives a hint about the exciting space ahead.”

BARN CONVERSION

By Marcia Lyon
Renderings by Marcia Lyon

A couple in Iowa had an interesting old barn in great shape that they planned to convert to their primary living space. It was a lofty, open structure 35’-6” X 26’-6”. The location was good, with a natural driveway (A) along the side and the main road (B) behind the back of the building. A vintage stable (C) close by will be converted into a garage and work space. The desire was to keep as much of the original character of the barn and yet create an attractive, efficient space. The homeowners wanted to orient the house to a center yard space (D) that will be landscaped and developed into a focal point.

Metamodern Designs: Barn Conversion.


Metamodern Designs. Barn Conversion.

SOLUTION

The inside of the footings were insulated. The floor had to be built up on floor joists, leaving enough space to distribute electric and furnace ducts.  The exposed rafters were a feature we wanted to maintain so we added insulation in the roof. The exterior walls were insulated.

To create a dramatic and interesting entry, we added a vertical circular structure (E) which is reminiscent of a silo that will protrude above the roof.  This calls out the entry on the outside and gives a hint about the exciting space ahead.

The living room (F) is open and inviting. It has a stunning view and access to a charming pergola (G) which is the introduction to the center yard space (D).
The kitchen (H) is tucked behind the coat closet, yet it is open to the living space. The peninsula (I) is not only an eat-on counter, but a buffet space for serving for the expandable dining space (J).

A closet style pantry (K) is ideal for storing food, large pots and pans, and counter-top appliances.
The back fourth of the building has 8 foot ceilings with a loft (L) above. This will be used as a hobby space and an occasional guest sleeping area. A decorative ladder (M) provides access.

Below this loft is a half bath (N), a laundry room (O), an outdoor accessed utility space (P) and a huge walk-in closet (Q)

We actually needed to bump out 6’ (R) to provide enough space for a generous master bedroom (S). Sliding barn doors (T) are used throughout the bedroom. The master bathroom (U) is sizable and has room for a piece of antique furniture.

The bedroom has a glass door (V) out to a stone terrace (W) that connects to the pergola (G) area.


Metamodern Designs. Creating Spaces by Marcia Lyon. Contributors Credit.Marcia Lyon is a professional architect, remodeling designer and freelance writer. She designs projects internationally and locally across the US and Canada. Visit Creating Spaces on Facebook! Contact Marcia via email: archimeatus@gmail.com; or phone 515-991-1300.  Her website is www.creatingspacesdesign.com.


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