Located in a rural area in Quebec, the old barn was in near ruins until the Montreal-based firm was hired to convert it into a secondary family home. Thankfully, instead of bulldozing the beautiful old building to the ground, the studio managed to salvage nearly every single material to reuse in the new design.
Source: Decrepit barn in Quebec was converted into stunning modern design by salvaging old materials
Mike Hudson, standing in the hayloft of his current barn project, says he will deconstruct about 10-12 barns in the next year. He sells the reclaimed wood at his lumberyard in Elbert, Colorado. (Photo by Kristofor Husted, Harvest Public Media)
“Most people want those accent pieces,” he says. “They want to have those pretty beams in the ceiling or they want to have the barn wood walls, or the tables and the furniture.” A few years ago, many farmers didn’t understand how valuable their old barns were and might have been swindled, Bowe says, but today they know the capital they’re sitting on. He says we’re in the midst of a barn wood frenzy right now, but it still likely has a shelf life. Indeed, there are only so many weathered barns in the U.S.
Source: Old barns are turning into hot decorating product | netnebraska.org
The buildings — the barn, stables, and dairy — on Staple Farm in Kent, England were in disrepair. The firm worked to salvage what they could and turn the barn into a home away from home for the couple. Though they wanted to maintain the “barn’s brooding presence,” according to the architects, they added modern amenities like a ground-source heat pump, LED lamps, and security systems. The lights, HVAC system, and security systems are all Internet-connected, so the owners can monitor their barn when they travel. There’s also a fireplace built into the spiral staircase, that leads up to the mezzanine sleeping area.
Source: The Ancient Party Barn Went from 18th Century to Smart | Digital Trends
Designer Uli Schallenberg has proven that these forgotten buildings can be made useful again without even changing their basic structure.
via Decaying Wooden Barn Made Over Into Dreamy Living Space | Designs & Ideas on Dornob.
British studio Hugh Strange Architects has transformed an agricultural barn in Somerset, England, into a family archive building by inserting a new timber structure within the dilapidated brick and stone shell.
via Hugh Strange slots architectural archive inside old farmyard barn.
Our friend and carpenter Mike Dyke bought a beautiful barn, which felt into ruins. Piece by piece, element by element was demounted and set to repair and placed back. This project is a result of the team´s total dedication to wood, to tradition, to handcraft and details. We call this joint venture «labor of love».
Photos: Nils Petter Dahle