It’s easy to see why barn conversions have become popular in recent years. While in rural areas barns were once one of the most common structures to be found, many fewer people have use for them in today’s society. So what do you do if your property has a barn you don’t plan to use? Why not convert it into a home or guest house? Architects have been doing some incredible things with barn-to-home conversions. Indeed, conversions have made the style so popular, there are even architects building new structures to look and feel like converted barns. In this list we feature some of the most stunning barn to home conversions, done by some of the top architects in the business.
Photos and information about these projects come from the architects’ websites. We provide links to each architect and if any of these projects catches your eye you can find more photos and information on their sites.
1. Whidbey Island Barn Conversion | Shed Architecture
The original cedar siding was used to re-panel the interior. Salvaged floor joists from the original structure were used for stairs and countertops. Custom bay windows, skylights, and site-fabricated doors provide the interior with great views and plenty of natural light. The cedar board-and-batten exterior skin on this conversion is new. This style of siding is popular among barn conversions.
2. Modern Barn | Specht Architects
This is a remodel of historic gambrel barn that was damaged in a fire. Concrete lower walls with additional white wood siding up top result in a style that respects the historic nature of other buildings on the site. The interior features polished concrete floors and exposed maple framing that contrasts with a modern interior design aesthetic.
3. Barndominium | LO/JO
This barn has been converted into a home/office/workshop. Designed to be as green as possible, the barn home is floated so as not to disrupt the natural topography of landscape. A floor-to-ceiling window facade on one side provides great views of the spectacular landscape. The barndominium features rainscreen siding with natural ventilation and passive solar design for heating and cooling. Even the insulation is recycled, made of discarded denim.
4. Michigan Barn | Northworks
This conversion features original beams and framing and an interior finished with reclaimed barnwood from the original 19th century structure. The barn’s foundation is limestone. The painted aluminum siding has a utilitarian aesthetic in keeping with the rest of the farm. Two opposing crank-operated sliding doors open to reveal floor to ceiling windows with an integrated door providing plenty of natural light and access while maintaining a barn aesthetic. The barn features farmhouse style push-out awning windows.
5. House in North Devon | Trewin Design
Classic stone walls combined with an upper-level moving glass wall system leads to the balcony and offers panoramic sea views. The window glazing was done by Cantifix. The design is a wonderful mix of old and new inside and out. The interior design features both rustic and contemporary features seamlessly blended for a unique feel.
6. Riverbank Conversion | Blackburn Architects
This converted barn is situated on the banks of the Potomac River. The northeast facade features a floor-to-ceiling set of custom windows that provide a view of the river. The interior features SIPs paneling, and the exterior is classic barn-red board-and-batten vertical siding.
7. Peasburge Barn | Studio Mark Ruthven
Local building codes forbid adding extensions to historic buildings, so Studio MR had to come up with a unique solution when converting this barn. The result was an invisible underground extension partly below the original barn and extending out underneath the landscape. The above-ground structure is a clean blend of contemporary and historical. The walls are original brick construction. The entryway and features floor-to-ceiling glass windows and doors.
8. Ohio Party Barn | Blackburn Architects
While this barn wasn’t converted into a primary residence, it very well could be someone’s home. Its primary function is to serve as a place for the family to entertain and house guests. With two bedrooms, a large kitchen, dayrooms, and plenty of space, it’s ideal for entertaining. The external construction pays homage to a classic German bank barn. The exterior incorporates a wide variety of windows for a unique look.
9. Santa Ynez Barn | Carver + Schicketanz
This barn was actually relocated from one property to another before renovation. Almost all of the original framing was salvageable. The barn was situated for maximum solar gain; the unique Kalwal panels help maximize sunshine for both lighting and heat. Kalwal panels preserve privacy and provide more security than a wall full of windows might, while still providing glare- and shadow-free natural daylight.
10. Vintage Barn | Kate Johns AIA
This barn was converted and then attached to the Dutch-style stone house on the left. The only brand new construction is the connector linking them. The barn itself uses the original frame. Inside, original rafters and framing were left exposed, and both rustic and contemporary styles compliment each other in a unique blend. The galvanized steel roof and dark brown horizontal siding match the house and maintain an aesthetic of utility. The dormers and large bay window provide plenty of natural light.
11. Princeton Barn Conversion | Rasmussen/Su Architects
This conversion uses structural insulated panels (SIPs) for highly efficient insulation. The farmhouse-style windows give the barn a classic look. The interior feels more like a barn/farmhouse blend than many conversions. The owners opted to go with an updated but rustic sensibility, featuring much of the original 200-year-old white oak frame. The heat from the wood stove is supplemented by radiant heating in the concrete floor. The exterior features vertical wood paneling painted green.
12. The Stables | AR Design Studio
This conversion features riginal exposed brick exterior walls. Timber windows were replaced by modern steel frame glazed windows that provide natural light and a warm feel inside. Because AR Design was asked not to remove any of the period features, the interior integrates the original timber partitions that used to serve as stalls giving this home a truly unique blend between the contemporary and historical.
13. Whistler’s Barn|Studio Mark Ruthven
The goal of this build was to seamlessly blend the old-world character of the structure with sleek contemporary design features. Exposed brick and stone construction on the exterior combines with sections of doors, windows, and wood siding that have a distinct modern feel. While the interior has an overall contemporary feel to the design, it integrates several of the traditional elements of the structure.
14. Spanish Country Stable Conversion | Abaton Architects
This countryside Spanish-style home was converted from a stable. The architects had to rebuild the crumbling walls but did so in the classic stone style of the original stable. The facade is constructed entirely of local stone and concrete. Massive picture windows provide gorgeous countryside views.
15. Bainbridge Barn by Don Frothingham
This old dairy barn was converted by Seattle architect Don Frothingham. The design uses restored original windows. The windows and skylights offer plenty of natural light. The interior features exposed wood framing that gives gives the contemporary design a rustic overtone. The exterior features white-painted horizontal wood paneling.
- 30 Most Impressive Female Architects Alive Today
- The 30 Most Architecturally Impressive Small Towns in America
- 50 Great Places to Renovate an Old Home
- 13 Old Churches Transformed into Beautiful Homes
Published April 2016