Houzz Tour: You’ve Never Seen a Barn Conversion Like This Before

Houzz Tour: You’ve Never Seen a Barn Conversion Like This Before

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Houzz Tour: You’ve Never Seen a Barn Conversion Like This Before

As a child playing in the hayloft of his parents’ dusty 80-year-old barn in Medina, Ohio, Andrew Towne never imagined that one day he would convert the space into a stunning modern home for himself and his then school friend Crystal Madrilejos. But decades later, that’s exactly what happened.

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Architectural Notice

Beautiful and inspiring! It makes me feel like jumping in my car and driving around looking for an old barn that I can convert into a home!

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Carmen Luyando

JUST STUNNING!

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aniam55

Absolutely beautiful and creative

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mrspreece

This is EVERYTHING!! I love the starkness of the black against the landscape, the new roofline, the way the inside has been flipped, the styling, the sparse kitchen, the materials used and that swoon worthy ceiling! I’m hyperventilating here! ❤️

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noshdome

Such a stunning and meaningful transformation.




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IJ l Christie's Intl Real Estate

Extraordinary! - Tasteful, creative and functional -

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Kristin Schrader

Incredible. The structure is like a cathedral in the best, most human way. The bank is perfect and does seem like it’s been there always. How lovely!

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jeastbarr

Love, love, love this barn home.

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Sandra OBrien

Congrats! Love this so much!

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altadavey

WOW!!!!

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skunst2017

Love everything about it ! Thank you for this beautiful transformation !!!

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agardnerdesign

I’m madly in love... really a special conversion and home!

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epritzker

Really lovely reuse of a wonderful old barn structure. Great job!

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poodlemom

This has to be the coolest featured home on Houzz ever! Wow!


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Kendrah

Great bones, wooden structure and flooring are incredible. But what I really want is the women's suffrage poster in the kitchen. Any sources for that?

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pmfoster4

Absolutely stunning!

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Tammie Tutt

Congratulations on your beautiful home

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Mary McFarland

Amazing

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Katie

Absolutely beautiful! Incredible craftsmanship both before and after. Getting into the nitty-gritty...how is dust controlled? With the current technology, I’m very curious what you use.

   
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cheychelle2014

ABSOLUTELY AMAZING, ADORABLE!!!!!!!

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Marcel

beautiful home! I love it, congratulations

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S1GLA

Loving that conversion! Re using an existing space in a very smart way :)

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Gabby Washington

WOW! Such an amazing transformation. I love when old spaces get new life. Well done!

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Harley Russell

My family converted an old Dutch dairy barn when i was a kid, my brother & I spent our childhood making it into a home, such a unique experience! My parent’s still live in the barn.. Well done!! Such an amazing transformation!

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Adi Tatarko

Beautiful and so unique! Love it!

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Interior Resources

That’s awesome to find the right person to help them with this project! Turn out beautiful !!

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Everything Modelo

Soo beautiful

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altairj

That veteran was amazing. Not only did he put in that ceiling, but he put in diagonal flooring on the second level. All that, for hay bales. There’s something really special about that, I’d love to know about this guy.

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Joyce McClain

FANTASTIC!!!

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scarbowcow

kendrah, it's easy to find that poster. Search for 'women's suffrage poster, yellow and blue' or just go here

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Gayle Minard

One of the best things I have ever watched/read on Houzz. Incredible vision on everyone’s part.

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Elvira Perry

Wow! This is beautiful and my favorite! Excellent job ❤️

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HU-640539609

Brilliant move to save and repurpose the past. That barn framing is unlike anything I’ve ever seen in my over 60 years- and I’ve seen quite a few barns in my day

Kudos to the client and builder team for your foresight and masterful handling of the project.

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HU-640539609

Adding natural light was a brilliant move as well

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archietexture

Stunning!

   
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smakcanada

Fabulous conversion. A really great house. I wonder what the overall square footage is, and what it costs to heat/cool it annually?

   
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Nelida Mejia

A very well thought out renovation and a light airy comfortable home.

   
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elizrob

It takes a lot of courage to be different. So glad you used that beautiful barn. Thank you for sharing such a brilliant project.

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mykonos55

What a beautiful family!!!❤️

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Nia Menangdjuang

love to see the transformation,from dusty barn to awesome house....
happy to see the two lucky kids....

   
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lisaskier

Just about the most beautiful barn conversion I've ever seen, wow, spectacular !

You're very lucky in the US, in the UK there are so many restrictions when converting old buildings. Generally you're not allowed to add new windows or openings to barns....thank goodness that was not an issue here.

What an absolutely idyllic place to live and grow up, lucky children :]

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Lynn Wheeler

Heaven! Just absoluetly Heaven.. Enjoy guys

   
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jw05742

Stunning!

   
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Molly Grace Finn

What a fabulous transformation! Now I am tempted to find a barn . . .

   
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J S

This is just gorgeous, and so unique! I love when people take risks and put in so much work to achieve something this beautiful ❤️

   
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mohaus

From the time I was a little girl spending all my summers and free time on my relatives small Wisconsin dairy farms I dreamt of and drew pictures of my barn house! While I have yet to have achieved it at 58 a dream “someday”. Absolutely LOVE your home and it’s design! ❤️

   
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AUSTIN GIRL INTERIORS

Incredible vision and beautiful work bringing it to life!

   
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Abigail Ashton

Ohio, stepping up its design game!! These are true professionals here xoxo

   
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shadowrk77

This is so beautiful! so, inspiring!

   
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artdreamer

Thats really wonderfull,which beautifull idea, wow, unbelievable , congratulation!

   
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livinginpalmbeach

I’ve never been in a barn, but after looking at this remodel, where can I find one?

   
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karenhendley

Stunning! Love everything about this remodel!

   
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Patti Bernard

What is the average cost of a barn renovation

   
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Gram 1954

WOW!! Loved the thought and preservation that went into this old barn. The roof framing is exquisite and seems to hold the home in a coccoon. Love that they banked it for access to the beautiful outdoors from their main living space - critical piece I think. Thanks for sharing and many happy years. Wonderful to see kids outdoors in nature climbing trees. What a gift you have given your children!

   
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Anna Ve
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?><md>Georgeous and very unique!! I love it!!
   
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nwsvndr

Ok, give us the numbers. What did this conversion cost? Probably more than if they had built it new?

   
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nwsvndr

The video said radiant heating but it looks like they did use forced air on the 2nd level.

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Patrick Coffman

I appreciate the architect admitting he was hooked when he took his first tour of the structure --- and great job by all on the team. As an architect/builder myself,I can certainly say that the great projects only happen when you also have great clients to work with . . .

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Vera Allen

Thanks for sharing. Very inspiratiional!

   
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changejochange

So well done! I love it.

   
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anitabeprudent

How much did this project cost? It is presented as a cost effective project but looks pricey.

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robcat

Close the door! What, do you live in a barn?

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logg

Really nice.

   
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Forever3rbc@aol.com

ABSOLUTELY GROGEOUS! I see this was done with lots of love for the old. JUST STUNNING!!!

   
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kvandenbroek

Fantastic conversion. Would like to see more of the bedrooms and baths. Big, homey, comfortable and accessable. The furnishings and decor are wonderful. I am surprised because i normally don't like a contemporary look, but this works very well. The ceiling makes the conversion. So glad the architech and owners were so smart in preserving it.


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vbowie

What was the total renovation cost?

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vbowie

Absolutely beautiful

   
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Denise Mitchell

What a magnificent conversion. Very stylish and eclectic. Beautiful family!

   
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evasatka

Truly a beautiful home, well done and congrats!

   
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abdec

Beautiful!! Enjoyed watching your process.

   
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Holly Stryker Homes

What a beautiful and amazing home! Congratulations!

   
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Carla Waller

Gorgeous!

   
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silverkaresses

Love this! What an inspiration!

   
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catlady67

Kendrah, Womans Suffrage Art by Vintage Apple Collection at FramedArt.com.

   
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Diana Bier Interiors, LLC

Wow, amazing home! My husband and sons would kill for that indoor basketball hoop!

   
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Stephanie Rountree

Love it!

   
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yulana001

I love everything about this home. It's stunning without being ostentatious. Well done!

   
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amelialouise3

Wow. I am so jealous. Oh how my dear mom would have loved this.

   
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Judith Kass

This was one of the most amazing barns homes I have ever seen. Thanks for sharing this!

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tintin43

Stunning! A home that will bring tears to your eyes because it's so beautiful. And the family is so nice too! Good home. Good people.

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nauna

Bravo, well done! My only concern, as a person living in the northern climate like the Townes, and having experienced a much colder than normal winter of 2019, even with the ceiling fans going 24/7, how are you able to keep the space warm in the winter or cool in the summer with such a vast ceiling. I'm thinking wool sweaters and electric blankets.

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modernrachel

Loooooove this house!

   
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virtual solutions

.... well it is a decent thing i was not on the project.... i would have considered some form of intrigueness FOR the Architecture....

   
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ltcrna

There are only 2 places I have seen any framing close to the ceiling in this barn.

(1) very old and well-built covered bridges, and

(2) the old wooden arched cathedrals in eastern Europe and Russia

MAGNIFICENTLY and FABULOUSLY restored and saved. KUDOS to all involved!!!!!

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dklopp15

Just beautiful! Such a great collaboration!

   
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pswisk79

What a beautiful home!! Using and preserving the barn and it’s uniqueness makes it trulyspecial along with the family history. Neat and inspiring story!

   
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breeze657

This is the first barn conversion I’ve ever seen that impressed me. I not only like it, I truly love it! It is a work of art! Stunning! Warm! Friendly! Chic (Yes... I said chic!) ... and the architect... a miracle worker!

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jrt3

Super rad. Lots of room.

   
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Nancy Kunzel

Love the track lighting. Any source for the track lighting please?

   
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drheidi64

Love this!!!

Just curious- what refrigerator is that and how wide is it?

   
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Lori

Very nice!

   
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debracuellar

Beautiful!! Love everything about it!!

   
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J Designs

Their architect did such an amazing job! Awesome collaboration.

   
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celestina89

It is very difficult to make a 'cozy' home out of a very large structure, yet maintain the integrity. The heating, electrical and plumbing as well as any gas can be daunting as well as visioning of space usage.

I really liked the basketball hoop feature - although I would probably put in something like table tennis or pinball machines. LOL

All in all, I tip my hat to the architect. Tim Franklin as Associates. Not everyone could handle something of this magnitude and have the imagination and capability. Thumbs up to the couple for having the vision and sticking to it.

   
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Cynthia Small

A transformation from bland to grand! Great work.

   
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judygasnier

very inspiring. It made me smile!

   
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Carie Saad

I just saw this on RIGHT THIS MINUTE & decided to check it out on here. Turns out it was in my notifications the whole time. Lol.

   
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capeanner

Just awesome!! But I don't understand how it can be kept warm in the winter. Can two ceiling fans possibly achieve that? Also does the wood help to dampen echo?

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ZOEL.B DESIGNWORK

its always be feeling good to be back H.O.M.E.

AWESOME!

   
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loose1

The amount of love that goes into a project like this is awe inspiring! Not to mention the patience! Love it.

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Ann Lamm Interior Design

Stunning

   
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celestina89

@capeanner: Wood by itself doesn't dampen sound. However, when combined with fabric, or has holes through it and space behind the panel, it will dampen sounds in a large room. The loft area (up the stairs also helps to dampen sound as well as the plant, fabric lights in the living room, furniture and area rugs.

As for heating and cooling, there is radiant heating on the ground level. On the 2nd level they have baseboard radiators. There is one air unit downstairs and two upstairs so they are well covered even without a fireplace or two that is common with large spaces. The two round 'tubes' on either side of the barn roof are the air/heat ducts that has 4 vents on either side.

Remember ground level is basically private area with bedrooms and baths. The second floor up the stairs is the living, dining and kitchen areas along with the basketball hoop and climbing wall. The circular stairs goes up to the loft which houses the entertainment (TV) area.

The architect covered all bases very well including adding insulation and an additional roof, side drywall including insulation. I think there are three fans - one over the loft, one in the middle and one in the living area. I don't know the power of the fans but generally they are used to push air down from the ceiling. If windows open, that helps tremendously for ventilation and air movement. I don't know their HVAC set up which also plays into ventilation and circulation of the air.

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Lynne

Stunning home, absolutely love the conversion. I love that the owner said they knew they wanted a smaller bedroom and bathroom, so tired of seing huge master suites that I am sure are underused as a "sanctuary" from the kids.

   
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Weathy

Very talented architect and what a mindful, lovely couple. I grew up in Ohio too, and go home every July. A rural life offers something special. Your barn is beautiful home and practical home.

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pmfoster4

I saw this magnificent home on tv. So gorgeous! The architecture alone. They created such an inviting, cozy atmosphere in such a large space! Wonderful!

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DAG DAG

Wow. No, I mean WOW!

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Lynn Boley

That's a great story! Truly beautiful home.

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Steph Kay

Such a special, beautiful family home. The mix of open space yet still managing to keep it intimate in feel, is Kudos to the Architect for interpreting this delightful family's home of their dreams :-)

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janeknj

wow.just wow

   
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Sonia

Goodness me such a beautiful home and what a wonderful location. Very lucky family.

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Maria Worley

Absolutely amazing! This home is filled with character and love. Kudos to you all!!!

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Resh

what a stunner!

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AMB

Fantastic house, and so different! I love the idea of creating a bank of grass to get access to/from the first floor living area, so clever!

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Mariela Madrilejos

Here is their conversion journey - madtownehousebarn

   
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bygeorgi

Just dreamy, what a wonderful home .

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htoprani

Beautiful

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Lokabhiram Saikia

What a house! Mr. Franklin accomplished a cathedral-like, yet the most liveable home out of the old barn. The original framing is an exceptional piece of engineering. I loved everything about the house and the lovely family.

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Nigel Stanley

I've seen some barn conversion in my time, I've got to say, this is one of the best one's ive seen in a long time.

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kipperroon

What a project! I like the way the stairs take you straight up and the bank is a great idea. I’d love to see what’s on the mezzanine level!

   
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Afua Bema
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?><md>Very nice
   
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allthreeofus

Just amazing. A true family home, love that he used to play in it as a kid and now lives there. Well done on making it cosy too, not easy in such a big space but you've really made it beautiful.

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gemarosa

Wow!!!!!

   
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Grace & Holmes

A very impressive conversion. I especially love the the well thought out functionality and added (fun) touches such as the mixture of pendant and track lighting, the bank and the basketball court. The barn has a warm and inviting feel and the family must be so proud to live there. Well done to them for choosing such a spectacular location and investing in the 'old' rather than just building new, and to Tim Franklin for the excellent work. My only change? I would have chosen white or a lighter colour than black for the exterior, but that's just personal taste ;).

   
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Simone Tessari

Wow Beautiful

   
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tracyre

Stunning...I loved every single inch, each decision. That roof is absolutely stunning. Just loved all of it. ...and loved that they came home too...It was the reward waiting!

   
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Josefa Mateus

simply amazing!


   
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Sandie Gallagher

Gorgeous.

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rosecafe

Top choice of project, Houzz. Lets have more of this calibre.

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Kelly Quinn

Wow, such a fantastic restoration/renovation! More please!

   
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decorator68

This is a beautiful story


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Home Staging Buenos Aires

Beautiful!

   
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kellandd

A truely wonderful home, love what you have done.

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Kat

One of the best I have seen, and that includes the UK ones I have seen. Tremendous renovation.

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charlimarly

Amazing

   
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1818 Federal (7bEC)

"this is a one of a kind home. it will never be duplicated". btw, you have time to see tjose s
trees grow!

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Helen Bulmer

Loved the barn and the minimalist styling within, beautiful.

   
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Sophie Morley

now that is gorgeous
let me know when you are selling :D

   
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Patse Hansen

Wow! I live in Montana and would love to have a project like this! It is not only unique and beautiful but aesthetically pleasing as well.

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citybee45

This family have their priorities right! A beautiful home filled with love, aesthetically pleasing and practical for the family.

   
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Ann Lamm Interior Design

so cool

   
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Elizabeth Johnson

Absolutely amazing!