We get a lot of inquiries about barn renovations from people all over the country. They are some of the most inspiring conversations we have because they always seem to start with two things: a love of something old and a vision of a lifestyle filled with passion and purpose. Who could say no to the opportunity to play even a small role in bringing someone’s dream to life?

For us, it’s no coincidence that barn renovations and creative endeavors go hand-in-hand. Both involve re-imagining something in a way that respects the past but carves a path to something new and important. And what could be more important than a life filled with intention?

“But more importantly, we believe the era of barns is here to stay–especially those done with the right intentions.” – AJ, Lead Designer

While there are many considerations when renovating a barn structure, there are some guidelines we believe are critical to creating that inspirational space. There are also some recommendations we offer to help deliver the aesthetic our clients’ seek. Here are just a few of our thoughts:

Let function guide the way. Consider how you plan to use your barn today and in the future. Build for both. Will this be a private space or will you need public access, which involves its own requirements? Strike a balance. Who doesn’t love the combination of old and new. Take it to a new level by creating the unexpected. Hand-sawn barn beams and sleek cable railing. Walls of textured barn wood adjacent to walls of metal and glass. Rewired antique barn lamps paired with wood-beaded chandeliers. Vintage barn doors paired with full glass french doors. Retro-looking appliances with modern pops of color.

Whether it’s a custom build or old beginning, barn projects hold a special place in our hearts. The simple lines, minimalist layouts, opportunities for biophilic features… the design appeal goes on! But more importantly, we believe the era of barns is here to stay–especially those done with the right intentions. People are now envisioning themselves in new ways. Their lifestyles (or those of their family’s) are at the heart of every decision. This rings true within the four walls of their spaces as well. We see barns as the inspirational force in this transformation.