swoon w drooz: week 36: the barN

art: drooz studio for GreenBox art
lighted BAR sign: iron accents
iron letter N: land of nod
orange chairs - vintage at Relevant Vintage
salvaged wood farm table: restoration hardware 
mesh covered server - jillybean kids
serving basket- way fair, country living
ella tall planter - home decorater
striped moroccan throw - the loaded trunk

latest project around here: the barN renovation. its a doozie!
when we purchased this old home a year ago we knew that the barn needed LOTS of work! the foundation and roof were shot - and water damage was starting to ruin the original 1848 interior beams.

last week we started the renovation process. 10"x10" hemlock wood beams were stacked in the basement jenga style to act as temporary foundation braces... and then enormous metal I-beams were slid under the foundation to rest on the Jengas and under the barn. the entire 30'x70' barn was then raised just a few inched off the crumbling foundation so that it could be removed and a new one poured.  

the barn was original sized at 30'x70'... because of our our lot size and coverage, existing buildings, permeable and non-permeable surfaces, and the fact that we are also currently adding a 2 story addition to the house- we needed to make the barn a bit smaller to comply for lot coverage and permission to build.  kinda stinks - but also kinda OK. by removing the end of the barn we now have enough salvaged wood to repair the standing barn.

the new barn will be 30'x40'. full basement and a full 1st floor. in the area of the basement that we are removing we are leaving all the old foundation stones and designing a patio area with an outdoor fireplace.  14 new windows will be added to allow light and ventilation (they are actually salvaged windows that we restored from a local house). my husband also build a new cupola from the salvaged windows and a few left over shutters from our house. we wanted to keep as much of the old barn as possible - we choose to keep the interior looking as it is (large, raw plank floors, and hand hewn beams). the exterior will be cladded in new wood, and painted a crisp white, the new metal roof will be charcoal grey.

the basement will be used as a workshop...
the lst floor for a party/entertaining space complete with a bar, a sitting area and indoor fireplace, and a 20ft table built from the salvaged barn floors - i have a set of 18 vintage orange chairs that i purchased from my friend at Relevant Vintage.  
hopefully to be complete by Thanksgiving for our first big get together!


  1. This is dreamy Shelly. Very excited for you. I dream of a barn/studio someday:)

    1. thanks!
      it feels good to give this old property the updates it needs!
      we have lived here almost a year - and i never really unpacked - im anxious to get ALL done and finally settled in! my studio is in the house - the basement barn workshop will be more for large tools, sanders, and big projects ( so fun for me too!)

  2. Love that restoration hardware table!

  3. Your old house is lovely. I can't wait to see what you're doing with your new one! Exciting!