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Barndominium farmhouse barn renovation plans

This is the week, everyone! The barn renovation is starting, and you can feel the excitement and nervous anticipation in the air.

Neither my not I have ever done anything so big or so complicated. To date, the inside farmhouse renovation is the largest renovation we’ve ever done. Without trying to be overly confident, it was fairly easy. We had a great contractor and team who helped us each step of the way and they will be with us again as we take on the barn and convert it to a barndominium.

Barndominium Barn Renovation Plans


But what exactly are we doing in there to make a barndominium?

Well, our barn is weird. It’s lopsided. A few owners ago, (maybe 3?) they decided to big the barn on top of the partially existing garage.

Our Barndominium Barn Renovation - Sugar Maple Farmhouse

Our Barndominium Barn Renovation - Sugar Maple Farmhouse

The issue

Well the problem is that the garage is now falling down and in disrepair…or at least part of it is.

We don’t know exactly how old either structure is but a portion of the garage is closer to the original age of the 1900 farmhouse than the barn and a subsequent garage addition.

It’s that part then is starting to collapse.

Our Barndominium Barn Renovation - Sugar Maple Farmhouse

Our Barndominium Barn Renovation - Sugar Maple Farmhouse

In purchasing the farmhouse the inspector told us that we would eventually have to replace that part of the wall in the garage. Looking at it closer we decided that the garage wasn’t worth saving. It has some major holes that are constant doorways for mice and other pests (to the point where I decided I couldn’t even put the chickens in the garage), and the structure hadn’t been graded correctly so when it rains the water all pools at one side of the garage. Living in Michigan, that water tends to freeze right up at least half the year and then the garage door is stuck shut.

Our Barndominium Barn Renovation - Sugar Maple Farmhouse
For some reason, Kevin decided to start taking all the summer things out of the garage three days before we started the renovation. He was arranging them like he was setting up for a calm summer or something. LOL.

Our Barndominium Barn Renovation - Sugar Maple Farmhouse

Not to mention, the roofing needs to be replaced on it and there is a creepy second room above it that I’m sure is how to creatures I never want to meet.

Basically, it’s a dark, dank place that is fine is fine for covering outdoor items, but not functional when you really get down to it.

Additionally, my husband wants to brew beer out there and since I do so much cooking for my other blog (and hopefully soon over here), I’m a pretty big stickler when it comes to working in sanitary conditions. Mice and sanitary are two words that will never go together.

Current Inside

Our Barndominium Barn Renovation - Sugar Maple Farmhouse
This is the garage side that will be going away. Part of it will become the new downstairs kitchen and dining area. About 7 feet of it will be new patio space.
Our Barndominium Barn Renovation - Sugar Maple Farmhouse
This wall will always be a wall, but the bricks are going away so it can be a new support wall for the barn and a side wall for the new space.
Our Barndominium Barn Renovation - Sugar Maple Farmhouse
This is the scary room above the garage.
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This space is in the barn and will stay for our cars. Currently, I park my car on the right side.
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Kevin’s spot
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My spot.
Barn Renovation Sugar Maple Farmhouse
Looking back towards the workshop.
Barn Renovation Sugar Maple Farmhouse
The workshop and stairs to the second story above the barn. The stairs will be flipped in the new plans.
Barn Renovation Sugar Maple Farmhouse
The room above the barn that will become the living and sleeping are and the bathroom. They cut the power before I took this picture so normally there are lights and it doesn’t look as scary. It’s still not a fun place to be though. Also, that’s a giant water slide in the center of the room.

The Barndominium Plans

So here we are. It’s time to make this barn a place that will function for us on multiple levels. The plans include:

Build a second support wall for the barn and even it out so it’s symmetrical.

In doing this, half the space that the garage now sits on will be part of the patio and half will become a new indoor space that will include an entertaining area, a kitchen and a brew space for my husband.

The barn itself also has a second story, which functions currently as storage. It’s actually a decent room and a place my husband considered having his office. However. That space is now going to become a living room, bedroom and bathroom for guests. There will be stairs from the kitchen and dining area on the main level that lead to the second story. We will also be adding windows and skylights in the space so it’s not a dark cave for our guests.

There will be central air and heat in bedroom, bathroom and living areas of the barn.

As for the brew space, it will have a sink and power so Kevin can make his beer brew-y dreams come true.  He’s taken care of us so well and for so long and never asks for much. He deserves it so I’m excited we can make this happen for him.


Outside, that new patio space we gained will be combined with the old patio space to make a massive area for outdoor entertaining. There will be French doors that open from the kitchen on the first floor to the patio and we will be stamping the concrete, so it creates a stone-like effect. We had stamped concrete in our old house and I really liked the look along with the fact that it requires minimal care.

We are expanding the driveway so it runs along the two garage doors in the current barn so we can both park in that space and have a space to turn the cars around easily without driving in my grass.

Lastly, I’m hoping we can do some lighting on the exterior and at least paint the barn garage doors, In a perfect world, I’d like to get new garage doors but as long as we can even them out and have them function properly then I’m ok with painting them…for now. They are overly large so I don’t have any clue on price for new doors. I’m also a bit scared to look.

All of this will still give us place for our cars and it will also still give is the large workshop area at the back of the barn.

Odds and ends

We do need to figure out where we will store things like the lawn mower and bikes. Right now we were thinking the little barn on our property but that’s even scarier than the main barn so we will see. The larger problem is that structurally, that barn was built for a couple of horses so there is a wall down the middle of it, splitting the space.

So, what do you think of the plans? Check out the photos we submitted to the city for the barndominium below.

I’ll be showing you daily updates and happenings on my Instagram accounts @sugarmaplefarmhouse and @rachelquenzer. I hope you’ll follow along with us as we go on this journey!

Our Barndominium Barn Renovation - Sugar Maple Farmhouse


Our Barndominium Barn Renovation - Sugar Maple Farmhouse

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This has changed a bit since Kevin first laid it out. We will no longer have the dormers he was planning. Instead skylights in the roof that will open with a crank.

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  1. robin rue

    I think it’s going to be super nice when it’s done. I can’t wait to see the finished product.

  2. Stacie

    that place has amazing bones. I can’t wait to see how it goes!

  3. Amber Myers

    How cool! It’s going to look awesome and cozy when it’s done. I can’t wait to see it.

  4. Melissa Chapman

    I want my own barn and farm so a house like this is a dream of mine. I love what you have done so far and it has so much potential

  5. Liz Mays

    I’m really liking the plans for all of the space. This should be a really satisfying project to work on!

  6. Tasheena

    Your plans are amazing! Looking forward to seeing the transformation of this space. The layout looks really cool.

  7. Jenn@Engineermommy

    What an amazing project you are undertaking! I love the concept. I think your vision is inspired.

  8. Terri Steffes

    I love your plans. They are super ambitious but that’s what I love. Your details are thorough. Cannot wait to follow you on this journey.

  9. Amy Desrosiers

    You are blessed to have such a nice piece of property! This barn is going to be such a blast!

  10. Jeanette

    That looks beautiful! I would love to have something like this at my house! I love barns anyway and this is just icing on the cake!

  11. maria closthome

    we have talked about moving to a farm one day. I am not sure it is the thing to do when we retire.

  12. Wow!!! This sounds amazing! It would be great to have all this extra space! Cannot wait to see the finish project!

  13. What a fun project! I kind of laughed at that side view – what is going ob with the roof lol? I like the plan, and it will be cool to see the process and of course, the finished project.

  14. keikilani

    We looked at a barndominion for our big family! Excited to follow your progress and how everything comes together

  15. This is such a cool project! I can’t wait to see it when it’s all finished! Your farm is turning into quite a welcoming retreat!

  16. Stefani Tolson

    Looks like it is going to be AMAZING! I can’t wait to see it when it is done.

  17. I am so excited for you! I can see how great it will turn out and I really can’t wait!

  18. Catalina

    I love how modern and elegant this new barn is! Thanks for all helpful tips!


    This sounds like an exciting renovation project. I love what you have in plan, the designs you’ve got drawn up look fantastic. I can’t wait to see it when it’s finished x

  20. Jennifer

    That is a beautiful barn!!! I love all that you’re doing on your farm.

  21. Lynndee

    How exciting! I can’t wait to see the ‘after’ and how you would decorate it. Good luck and have fun!

  22. It’s already cute on the outside, I can’t wait to see what the inside looks like after you finished! That’s a pretty big project, I feel tired just thinking about it ha ha.

  23. Ruth I

    Wow. That is so amazing. I can’t wait to see photos once it’s finished. I think it will be a great place!

  24. Melissa

    WOW! Your farmhouse barndominium barn renovation looks AMAZING! What an amazing idea and great place to hang out once it is done! I can’t wait to see the process!

  25. PBJ Happy dogs

    wow what a fantastic renovation. Some of the before pictures look a little ominous. I bet it will be beautiful when you are finished.

  26. Annemarie LeBlanc

    I can’t wait to see how this project goes and how pretty it would look once finished. I even like the term “Barndominium.” That is so cool!

  27. What an exciting project! I love the details of your plans. It looks like it will be quite an adventure!

  28. Nikka Shae

    This is such a great product! Your floors looks amazing!

  29. Sheila Rhodes

    Wow! What an exciting adventure! The plans look amazing and my husband would be so jealous of your brewery! I can’t wait to watch your progress in action!

  30. Rosemary

    Patience. Hang in there. Your final designs look amazing. Just breathe through the process and you’ll soon be living in your dream “Barndominium.”

  31. Swathi

    This is really cool I love that you guys are upgrading the farm house nicely. Look forward to see the final picture.

  32. Heather

    Looks amazing. Can’t wait to follow along and see the finished product.

  33. Kiwi

    This farmhouse is so beautiful. I love how modern and chic it is at the same time.

  34. Thuy

    I honestly can’t wait to see how it turns out. I love the hybrid barn and condominium combination, never heard of that before.

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