Does the hustle and hectic bustle of urban living have you yearning to get out of the city? From rustic homes nestled in the countryside to historical barns transformed into barn-style houses and bonus spaces, we love the classic country vibes of barn houses. To fuel our modern barn house dreams, we’ve rounded up some of our favourite country charmers.
A Rustic Home on the Range
With a little care and attention, a rustic barn house can be made modern while keeping all the character of the country – as this homeowner showed with this jaw-dropping barn conversion. Originally a ramshackle barn behind a country farmhouse, the structure was renovated into a comfortable, cozy apartment. Outside, original features like the red barn-board exterior were refinished, while practical additions (like the windows) made the barn feel like home.
Big Red Barn Style
If your property has a barn but you don’t farm, it can be an incredible opportunity for adding extra functional space to your homestead. Take this iconic red barn that Randy Spracklin and the Rock Solid Builds team transformed: the century-old Newfoundland barn had plenty of history, but wasn’t being used. By repairing and refinishing the structure, it became an amazing addition to the property.
Space to Spare
Inside, Randy and the team converted the barn into living and entertaining space with a lower-level dining area, custom floor-to-ceiling shelving and a stunning sleeping loft. To maintain the country character, the team kept as many original finishes as possible. Love the country look? Here are Sarah Baeumler’s surprising tips for how to use rustic finishes the right way.
Living With Livestock
As much as we love a well-outfitted, petite patio in the city, one of the perks of country life is that there’s way more outdoor space to live in. In this Backyard Builds design, for example, Brian McCourt and Sarah Keenleyside took advantage of a couple’s recent move out to the country to create a series of rustic – and practical – structures in the yard. Here, the old country garage was transformed into a dreamy indoor entertaining space, while an old shed became a functional chicken coop for raising livestock.
Swinging Through Country Life
For this family farmhouse in the country, Farmhouse Facelift‘s Carolyn Wilbrink and Billy Pearson modernized the space while keeping the character of a barn-style house. Outside, this meant finding ways for the family to enjoy the country views. To wit, Billy built a custom cedar porch swing for the perfect rustic touch. Want to add a little swing to your own outdoor space? Watch this DIY from Dave Wilson to learn how to refurbish an old porch swing.
Shut the (Barn) Door
In the home’s modern farmhouse kitchen, Carolyn and Billy opted to maintain the barn house-feel with a classic sliding barn door in a sunny yellow hue that creates a focal point that screams barn charm.
What’s better than one barn-style house? How about a barn with a mini version to match perched in the trees? Having the room for a barn often means space for cool and unique outdoor features – like this fun coordinating treehouse. Here are more charming treehouses that take seclusion to new heights.
Whether you’re moving to the country or just visiting, a barn-style house can be a total dream. Located away from the city in Lakefield, Ontario, this historical barn was converted into The Nook, an incredible cabin-inspired retreat for vacations, relaxing and reconnecting with nature. For the barn’s exterior, this transformation included a new roof, new board-and-batten siding and an outdoor spa with a hot tub.
Inside, the converted Lakefield barn showcases a mix of salvaged, repurposed and local materials and touches – and plenty of wood and timber to play up the cozy charm of the barn. White-washed wood delivers a bright feel to the barn’s ceiling, while wood beams honour the structure’s origins. Here are more stylish ceilings for inspiration.
Board, Batten and Barn Style
Historical farmhouses bring classic charm and barn-style house details to living spaces. Take this 1885 colonial home that Carolyn and Billy updated for Farmhouse Facelift: to refresh the exterior, the team used a board and batten finish to harken to a timeless barn house aesthetic.