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Barn conversion to living space update

I’ve been over here dragging my feet on a barn conversion update because it felt like there wasn’t much to see yet. But now that I go back and compare where we are to where we were, it’s incredible to see the progress that’s been made!

I finally feel like I’m in a place where I can share some real change. I’m excited to show you how far we’ve come and show you the design elements that have been inspiring the interior of the barndominium.

Space confessions

Before we get started though, I have a confession to make. In the back of my mind, this renovation has always served two purposes.

We of course wanted a place where friends and family could come and stay for a few nights and have their own space.

However, Kevin and I have also joked about using the downstairs space as a tasting room of sorts. Maybe for the beer he brews, maybe to serve coffee and cookies, maybe as a little cafe in addition to the main barn where we could sell fresh vegetables…the dreams have really been endless.

I’ve been a dreamer all my life though.

There’s a funny thing about me and dreams. I believe in making them come true…sometimes to a fault.

Last year at this time we never considered buying a farm. In September of 2018 we joked about owning a pumpkin farm. It was an idealized dream – of course – but here we are, on a farm. Sure there’s no plans to make it a pumpkin farm right now, but I’ve learned to never say never.

Dual purpose

Whatever the space is today, I know that someday it might serve two masters. I’ve taken a lot of inspiration for the downstairs from not only the general farmhouse style, but also little cafes that I love. I’m hoping when it’s finished it will reflect both things with a twist of modern too.

We’ve also joked that we could rent it out as an Air BNB. While I’m not sure I’m ready for that, I did want to consider that when thinking about the space.

So take a look at how far we’ve come! Then, stay tuned for all my interior inspiration in a post soon to come!


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May/June – The standstill

In May, we ran into an issue that halted the project for three weeks. The plan for the barn had always been to add a bathroom space in the upstairs, but the country health department was concerned about the ability of our septic system to handle another bathroom. After the delay, which felt like forever, they finally approved it.

The bathroom in there will be for occasional use only. AND, the people who lived here before us had eight people in their family. We have four. We could literally double the size of our family and still be perfectly fine on our septic system.

However, because it threw off the timeline for all the trades to come in and work on the various specialties – electric, plumbing, septic, etc. – we fell even further behind. All of those trades were scheduling a few weeks out. The project didn’t really start moving again until the middle of June.


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July – Moving forward

We’ve finally seen a lot of progress this month. Although, there have been some periods of delay too. However, this month is the month that took us from having a shell of s building and a hole in the ground to a space that is exciting to see. New siding was added; the new roof was added; the floors were poured; the patio was poured; the plumbing, electrical and heating/cooling were run and finally, drywall was put up!


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The new patio is a stamped concrete patio. I’ll go into detail about it in another post.
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This is the stairwell to the upstairs part of the ling space. The beam above is going to be exposed. However, we did run into a problem with the dry wallers not listening and wrapping it. It was frustrating but fixable.
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New windows were added to the downstairs living space and Kevin’s brew room.
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New metal roofing was added on the East side of the barn. For right now, we won’t be doing the West side. It looks fine from the front and you can never see the West and East sides at the same time.
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The bathroom space in the upstairs living area is coming to life. It will have a pocket door to save space.
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This is the upstairs living space. The bathroom is on the left and the right will be where the bed goes. The little indent in the center will be a window.
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This is the North side of the upstairs living space. The doorway is the entrance from the stairs.
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This is the West side of the living space. There will be a TV on this wall and the two indents will be windows.
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This is the South side of the living space. The new, large window lets in so much light!
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This is Kevin’s brew space. In case we ever want to rent the space out, we have also had water and gas run for laundry.
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This is the South side of the downstairs living space. There will be a long table in this space for entertaining.
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This is the North side of the downstairs living space. The kitchen will be on this end. You can see the vent for the stove. It will be a small kitchen but good enough for prep and small cooking tasks. The stairway is the left. The box on the right ceiling will hopefully be removed or we will need to do something with beams in the space to hide it.

To find out more about our barn project AND to see what it looked like before, click here. To find out why we decided to move from the suburbs to a country farm, click here.

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  1. Amber Myers

    How cool! It’s looking good. If we had a barn, I’d want to do something like this. I’m excited to see the final result.

  2. REna

    Wow that is so much work, but I bet you both are really going to love the upgrade to your property

  3. Brianne Tursi Manz

    I think the idea of using it as an AirBnB is not a bad idea; but, you must do what you feel is good for your family. Your husband having a tasting room sounds amazing! There’s nothing like craft beer, and, maybe, he might get a wild hair and venture into making a few wines? The possibilities are endless with your barn space, and I love seeing the process!

  4. Cait

    Wow this is incredible and I love the step by step that you shared with us! It’s going to be such a great addition!!

  5. Sarah Bailey

    It is amazing to see it slowly coming together. What an amazing looking area to have expanded into I love the little patio area as well, so nice to sit and relax on.

  6. Tara Pittman

    So cool that you can do this with a barn. It is looking so nice so far.

  7. Terri Steffes

    It is fun to see your update. I love that beam. To me, it gives the newness of the remodel some “history.”

  8. heather

    I can’t wait to see this finished. Your transformation is already amazing as it is!

  9. Dawn Nieves

    Wow! That looks amazing! I cannot wait to see it when it is all done!

  10. Brandy

    That is looking really awesome! The home I grew up in has a neighbor who did this to a large old barn and it was such a beautiful living space. Very wide open too!

  11. Lori Geurin

    This looks like so much work and so worth it! What a fun and rewarding project. I love seeing the photos you shared that show the progress you’re making. This is going to be such an amazing space for you and your family and friends to socialize.

  12. Heather

    Wow, what a project! That’s so exciting that you’re doing this!

  13. Sherry

    Oh my gosh, how exciting! I can wait to see it when it is all finished.

  14. Kileen

    Wow, definitely progress!! And so impressive too, it looks great!! Love hope open and bright it looks!

    cute & little

  15. Toni

    I am sure this will turn out great! I can’t wait for the final results! So exciting!

  16. Catalina

    Oh, yes! This is such a great idea! I love this kind of makeover!

  17. Nancy L

    I love this! It looks GREAT so far and I can’t wait to see it as it is being completed and when it is complete. Having built four homes, I know it is a lot of work and takes time, so hang in there. 🙂

  18. Louise

    Ooh, it’s really coming on, isn’t it!? I’d love to live in a converted barn 🙂

    Louise x

  19. Ruth I.

    Oh my! this looks so cool! I’d love to live in a place like this.

  20. Winter White

    WOW! This conversion process looks intense but so cool! I can’t wait to see the finished product! The fact that your hubby has a tasting room is rocking my world and I can’t wait to see how that turns out!

  21. Nadalie Bardo

    OMG this is so cool! What an incredible project to take on. Cannot wait to see the final, final product. I’d so live in a barn!

  22. Rachel

    I’m seriously so excited to see this transformation!

  23. rika

    That’s a great transformation! I would love to live in a place like this! So pretty and cute!

  24. Tammy

    Can’t wait to see the finished project. I’m a country girl for my whole life and always wanted to convert a barn into living quarters. So beautiful so far!!

  25. Beth

    It looks fantastic, I’m excited to see how it progresses. I think it is wonderful that you’re building with a lot of possibilities in mind.

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