Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Barn Charm #73 And A Barn Conversion

The barn above is one we pass by every time
we travel to Kansas City.

It has a stone foundation on the lower half
and a timber frame above that
with the attached additions
that you see above.

The barn is built into the bank
and looks as solid as a....
well ...a rock!

I've always had a dream of converting
a barn into a home
and can't help wondering how this old
barn would turn out.

I have a feeling it would be wonderful.

Below is a REAL barn conversion
of a 19th century barn 
and horse stable 
owned by realtor

 The long low building was actually
the horse stable
which Mr Cifarelli has converted
into a beautiful home.
Look at this wonderful kitchen
and dining room....
and what about that
old window that
showcases the chandelier! 

This is an original stable dutch door.
I love all the quirky windows
and the posts.

Below are photo's of the actual 
barn portion that 
will be a future project.
This would be quite the challenge 
and you'd have to have a 
good imagination...or a good architect...
probably both!
photo credit Katharine Schroeder SUFFOLKTIMES.COM

With the wonderful job Mr Cifarelli
did in the other areas
I think it would be safe to assume 
that this barn will be amazing
when it is completed. 

I'd LOVE to tackle something like this.

How about you?

I'm linking with
over at 
Bluff Area Daily for
Barn Charm
Barn Charm # 73


Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Oh that is such a neat barn transformation!
I love how it turned out!
And I love the barn in the first pic you showed too.
Such a cool post Maura!
Hope all is well!

Neesie said...

I adore all these old barns Maura, but I don't think I'd be brave enough to do a conversion on this scale.
It's a lovely thought though that others do have the vision and can transform these beautiful treasures, so that they can be appreciated for future generations.

Besides a good imagination, and a good architect, I think you'd need a good fat wallet too!

Thanks for making me smile ~ I enjoyed my visit today ;D

Angela Richardson said...

I love old barns and it's great to see them restored so beautifully and sympathetically.
Just need a few quilts hanging on the outside and I would be in Heaven.
Smiles, Angela.

Cheryl @ TFD said...

This is an awesome barn and I'd love to see what he will do with it. The stable converted into a home is fantastic! Loved seeing the photos, thanks for sharing!

Liesl said...

That is simply stunning Maura!

John Going Gently said...

I am so in love with american barns.........

Cuby said...

These barns are so beautiful and so unlike anything here where the old barns are made of stone and more modern ones of metal. The converted barn is glorious and done by such a clever man.

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

What a lovely old barn and stables and I love the transformation. Just beautiful. He will do well with the rest I'm sure.

Thanks for sharing ~ FlowerLady

E. said...

gorgeous. i was trying to find you on the barn charm link ...are you there? i've always wanted to live in a barn. looks like such fun. thank, you for sharing with us. (:

Cuby said...

I had to leave off commenting but wanted to say how much I am enjoying reading your blog. :)

Maura @ Kisiwa Creek Photography said...

Beth...I tried and tried to post my barn post but the linky wouldn't let me. I tried again this morning and finally after 3 tries it I'm up and running on Barn Charm :)

Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe said...

I love converted barns and if money were no problem, I would buy one that was totally renovated. However, all the money in the world would not convince me to tackle such a project.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful barn you clicked Maura! Very charming! I would not want to tackle a re-do on a barn to transform it into a home. I just don't have the patience and I hate living in a mess. I barely survived the remodel on our house 7 years ago. Mr. Cifarelli's home is beautiful. I would like to just move in with everything all finished up :)

Lynne said...

I loved this! And I too have had dreams of renovating a barn into a home. Love the open space, vast beams, creating out of what was into "the dream.". Wouldn't the stone base of the first barn be gorgeous inside "your renovation dream?" I think some of the stalls in the undone barn could be made into sleeping bunks . . . Ideas are swirling!

Anonymous said...

Hi Maura,

This is definitely wonderful, absolutely wonderful! It's such a treat to get to see inside, too... He's done an incredible job w/ the transformation! I'd love to get inside & explore every nook & cranny to see all the details of how he transformed the place... Awesome!

I'm looking for a sliding barn door, myself, for my bathroom & just can't seem to find anyone who has a barn, although there's a lot of them around here!

Thanks so much for sharing these w/ us at Barn Charm =)

My Little Home and Garden said...

It's not a project I'd want to tackle, but I'd love to see the final results!

Unknown said...

wow! that is amazing. what a gorgeous home!

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

I love the first barn built into the hill. I love barns with stone foundations.
The barn addition turned into a home is gorgeous. Wow! What a transformation. I'm sure the barn itself will be fantastic.

SweetMarie said...

This is a beautiful barn! You have a sweet blog. :)
Thanks for visiting my blog. :)
Hope you have a great day!

traci said...

that is amazing. i would love to live in an old converted barn. thanks for sharing those photos. it will have me dreaming all day.

Hearts Turned said...

What a wonderful home that would be, you have ME dreaming of one of my own! Love the rustic beauty of it all...

Wishing you a beautiful day, my friend!


Dan said...

The barn and other out-buildings look perfect in their sheltered setting.

Maintaining a barn in good working order is one thing.

A barn to home conversion would be a major undertaking. It would likely be cheaper to simply rebuild. Saving key components from the old building for the rebuild.

Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

Hi Maura: Great old barn reno. Can you imagine having all that room. Beautiful. I was perusing some of your older posts (remember I haven't been around that long to see them live). I love your bathroom remodel. It is so bright and full of charm. I didn't think the picture of cupboard top in your header was from a bathroom. Duh, what did I think the cotton balls and Q-tips were for?!!...I'm really enjoying catching up....Judy at GoldCountryCottage

Tatjana Parkacheva said...


Regards and best wishes

Ruta said...

Amazing!! Just oozing with rustic charm!

barbara l. hale said...

What a fantastic place! I love it! Beautiful photos. Thanks for your visit to my blog.

Kathy said...

I'm not so sure I would want to tackle the project but I sure would love living in it!

wendy said...

Old Barns seem to hold so much Character ..I am always intrested in the history of them all.

I can't imagine what it would be like to turn one into a house. I imagine youd have to have a few $$$$ to do it however.
I was in AWE of what this guy had done, and to live in such a place would be indeed inspiring.

❁Velma ~Down Our Country Road❁ said...

I would have loved to have been able to convert an old barn if I had the money. Old houses have such character, but an old barn turned old house? Talk about character!! Keeping the bones of the barn is what makes it so unique. And this one done by Mr. C. proves just that. Thank you for sharing, Maura.

Nancy C said...

I actually passed a barn yesterday that is being converted, but I couldn't take a photo because it's off a busy highway. Lots of talent and money went into the house you featured, Maura. Beautiful! said...

What a great Idea to turn an old barn into something so beautiful.
My son some years ago turned his barn into bedrooms and open area with kitchinette for guests..
Mr. C certainly has talent..
My little cottage is 60 years old..and i renovated and added on to it.. its small and cute.. i love it.
Thanks the blog
best regards

NanaDiana said...

Hi Maura- I found you through your comment at Brenda's and I am your newest follower. I love REAL people and I can see that you are one of them. I was born and raised in the country and married a town boy. Lots of changes over the years. I hope you have a wonderful Thursday- xo Diana

SImple and Serene Living said...

I am so fascinated with barn conversions. They are really an undertaking, but they all seem to turn out so beautifully. thanks so much for sharing this one. I found you through a comment you left on Cozy Little House and I am now your newest follower on GFC and Linky.

CHERI said...

Oooooh! I love barns and this one is beyond beautiful. I would love to do something like that but wouldn't know where to start. This guy definitely has a great eye for design. Love that kitchen! Thanks for sharing.

Beatnheart said...

Love the idea of a converted barn ... Always has been . You would need big bucks though.

gtyyup said...

What a feat! More than I could ever imagine doing, but truly love seeing the results of their hard work.

What I wonder is how they insulated it and still kept it looking like a barn on the inside?

Ironstone and Pine said...

Love it all.........ahh, what white paint can anything!!

Julie Harward said...

I LOVE this barn! When I was a kid, we had a big red barn and I remember wanting to love in a barn! Great post. ;D

Anonymous said...

I LOVE this place... wow!

Deborah said...

Gorgeous Maura!
I'd be in my glory "tackling this"!!
Thanks for sharing!!

Deborah xoxo


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