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For the Love of Barns

With New England's early agricultural history, barns are a regular architectural feature in our area -- some being used for their intended purpose, some re-purposed into space for living or recreation, and sadly, some slowly deteriorating where they stand. What is it about barns that is so darn appealing? I know I feel the pull to explore or renovate whenever I see one, starting with the big barn in need of renovation in my own back yard (not like this lovely barn in the picture)!

The barn was one of the things that drew me to the property we now call home, and I've been itching to start work on it, but we've focused first on the living space in the main house. But that doesn't keep me from dreaming! I'm envisioning a big open space for parties as well as a place for the kids to hangout and play with a rope climb and a gymnastics mat. And some climate-controlled storage would make my life so much easier! And I'd like to add a sliding barn door on the back wall in line with the front door, which would open the space to the back field -- add some stone pavers as steps and landscaping to invite guests out into nature -- do you think I could rent it out for weddings and other events??

Whether it's nostalgia for a simpler time or the endless possibilities offered by their high ceilings and open spaces, these renovated barns on Houzz will inspire a serious case of barn-envy! The built-in bar and the loft featured in the CT barn are perfect for entertaining and are giving me ideas....

How about you? Have you renovated a barn or have you incorporated any design elements inspired by barns in your home? Please share pictures!

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