2.21.2012

Barn renovation plan...

barn renovation
We spent most of the weekend outside cleaning up around the barn and working on a renovation plan for that poor building. We're going to put on a new roof within the next couple of months but, beyond that, we didn't have a concrete plan for the exterior of the barn renovation. For fun (and because I've already turned into a home renovation dork), I did a quick mock-up of our long-term visual goal for the front exterior. First, you have to promise to ignore my quickie photoshopping (ie. the missing pine tree, the mixed-up perspective of the cupola, and the almost complete lack of texture). Okay...thanks.

The barn is the first thing you see when you pull in the driveway, so we really want it to look good. We're obviously taking a lot of inspiration from Derek Sanders' barn that I've posted about 2 million times- I just can't get enough of that building. For our barn, we've decided on a charcoal grey tin roof. We'll probably paint the main part of the barn in Valspar's Ebony Field- I don't even want to guess how many gallons- and use Valspar's Fairmont Suite Clay Red for the door to the potting shed. The galvanized lights are from Barn Light Electric; the copper cupola image is from Copper Summit Inc; the large doors are similar to the doors on this barn (still trying to find original source); and those shrubs are supposed to be box evergreens (I like the color contrast/texture, but PRH doesn't). Here's a reminder of what the barn looks like today:

barnand here's my photoshopped version again:

barn renovationWhat do you think? Totally do-able, right? We're hoping to have this project finished within the next couple of years, but we're not going to stress about it. I liked a comment that Karen of Day In & Day Out left recently:"It is overwhelming unless you consider these three words: ten year plan.".

19 comments:

beth lehman said...

my sister is renovating her barn right now. they live outside of Philly. they aren't do-it-yourselfers but the barn will be something else. i'll try to get you some photos - right now their flickr stream is friends/family only. i love the idea of barn renovation - but it is daunting, too!

Jen Craun said...

I Laughed out loud actually over the awesome hedge of identical bushes. I see the vision, and LOVE it...how striking it will be. Yes, totally do-able!

Nancy said...

Looks great! And I love how you guys are giving yourself the time and space so that you don't have to stress about it.

emmel-prutsemieke said...

amazing! And funny that the pine-tree is moved to the back (how are you going to do that?:-))
Good luck with the renovation! It is gong to be fantastic!!

Candi said...

I think it's great you have your vision in front of you. Now with some sweat and strength, you'll be on your way. I can't wait to see the finished barn!

Dottie said...

Love your concept! I love the feeling and message that the barn being the thing that welcomes people to your home will generate! You can do it; one step at a time. (It really is pretty awesome now) :)

Anna said...

Love the concept! I too have mocked up my house with photoshop :)

Your original barn had both vertical and horizontal siding--any thoughts on which way you'll go?

joy olivia miller said...

Your pine tree comment made me laugh. I didn't notice until you mentioned it. Time to go to the eye doc, I suppose.

But seriously... I love it! The orange door is to die for. Love it!

jen said...

I love it! Hey, I used to have a professor in grad school who always said, "Imagine it, Draw it (or in your case photoshop it) and Make it be so!" I am sure you guys will make it be so. I am glad you are stressing over it too.

Shannon said...

That will be incredible!!!!

I want a barn!

sécia said...

Love those doors! Yes, everything takes time. Make sure you don't forget to enjoy yourself while taking on these ventures!

♥ sécia
www.petiteinsanities.blogspot.com

Krista said...

colour me jealous

Conversation Pieces said...

Oh wow... it looks like it'll be amazing! I have barn envy right now! (Ok, so Scotland doesn't really have a lot barns and I live in a flat but still!)

The Belvedere-Alyssa said...

I think its amazing, and am totally not surprised after seeing all your barn inspiration on pinterest and here. Looks exactly right for your farm!

jen said...

oops Abbey...I meant I am glad you AREN'T stressing over it!

our little love nest said...

Wishing I had half as much creativity in our spaces. A lot of work but the wow factor will be through the roof!

caroline said...

i like the barn the way it is now ;(

Anonymous said...

Did you see that the Derek Sanders link you have here goes to an adult mail site? I love all of your posts and love the links!

Aesthetic Outburst... said...

Whoa! No, I totally didn't catch that. Thanks!

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