Minimalist Guest-Oriented Barn Conversion by SHED Architecture

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Welcome to our gallery featuring an antique barn that has been renovated into a multi-functional home by SHED Architecture.  Above, we can see  landscaping that surrounds a patio with a sliding barn door that leads to the main living areas.

The owners wanted a home that would support a variety of guests and activities, and had very specific needs. They wanted a workroom, kitchen, a separate apartment, a bunk-room, and more than one bathroom all within the existing building.

The designers from the SHED team actually lived on site for a while during the renovations, which allowed them to experience the site firsthand.  As a result, they were able to come up with many refinements and improvements to the original design that really unleashed the home’s potential.

SHED added skylights, dormers, and bay windows to take advantage of all the natural light in order to keep the building feeling open and welcoming.  In addition, they utilized a small palette of materials and colors,  and chose instead to extensively reuse existing barn materials.

We hope you’ll enjoy this unique home that transformed a beautiful old building into a gorgeous and functional living space.

Another shot of the exterior of the home, showing the patio and the lush landscaping that helps add a bit of privacy to the already private wooded lot in Washington.

Another shot of the exterior of the home, showing the patio and the lush landscaping that helps add a bit of privacy to the already private wooded lot in Washington.

The bunk room has matching double beds in white bedding. The walls are a combination of natural wood paneling and cream painted walls. The original barn door leads directly outside.

The bunk room has matching double beds in white bedding. The walls are a combination of natural wood paneling and cream painted walls. The original barn door leads directly outside.

 A close up of the bunk room, showing the natural pine flooring and the light gray throw pillows with French text.

 A close up of the bunk room, showing the natural pine flooring and the light gray throw pillows with French text.

 One of the bathrooms in the barn, with concrete flooring and a vanity with towel storage beneath. Like the bunk room, one of the original barn doors leads directly outside.

 One of the bathrooms in the barn, with concrete flooring and a vanity with towel storage beneath. Like the bunk room, one of the original barn doors leads directly outside.

Another of the barn's bathrooms, with a door and a bench with a basket of towels next to it. Added to the barn door is a pet door.

 Another of the barn’s bathrooms, with a door and a bench with a basket of towels next to it. Added to the barn door is a pet door.

A close up of one of the bathrooms, showing the hardwood vanity and contemporary, yet vintage style sinks faucets.

A close up of one of the bathrooms, showing the hardwood vanity and contemporary, yet vintage style sinks faucets.

 A view of the open concept living area from behind the kitchen island. Next to the sink is a section of butcher block in the otherwise concrete countertops. The rest of the room has built in shelving.


 A view of the open concept living area from behind the kitchen island. Next to the sink is a section of butcher block in the otherwise concrete countertops. The rest of the room has built in shelving.

 Even the kitchen island has built-in shelving on the side that faces the dining room.

 Even the kitchen island has built-in shelving on the side that faces the dining room.

A view from the dining room looking up the small set of stairs to a hallway that leads to the bunk room, which keeps the guests feeling close to the action.

 A view from the dining room looking up the small set of stairs to a hallway that leads to the bunk room, which keeps the guests feeling close to the action.

The picnic bench-style dining table is made of reclaimed wood. To the right is a large sliding door that can be opened to let in a cool breeze and plenty of natural light.

 The picnic bench-style dining table is made of reclaimed wood. To the right is a large sliding door that can be opened to let in a cool breeze and plenty of natural light.

The built-in shelving behind the dining room has plenty of space to store the owner's books.

 The built-in shelving behind the dining room has plenty of space to store the owner’s books.

The dining room is adjacent to a living area with a futon that matches the beds in the bunk room. This area also has a wood-burning stove.

 The dining room is adjacent to a living area with a futon that matches the beds in the bunk room. This area also has a wood-burning stove.

 Another shot of the living room area adjacent to the kitchen and dining room, showing the faux hide area rug.

 Another shot of the living room area adjacent to the kitchen and dining room, showing the faux hide area rug.

In the upper levels of the barn is the separate apartment. The lower part has a living area that closely matches the living room on the main level, and an adjacent dining table with modern white chairs.

In the upper levels of the barn is the separate apartment. The lower part has a living area that closely matches the living room on the main level, and an adjacent dining table with modern white chairs.

 The apartment's small, yet open and efficient kitchen is full of smooth lines and pull-out drawers as a storage solution.

 The apartment’s small, yet open and efficient kitchen is full of smooth lines and pull-out drawers as a storage solution.

 The apartment's bedroom is combined with the bathroom, separated by a small enclosure. The apartment's bedroom follows the same design themes as the rest of the home's bedrooms.

 The apartment’s bedroom is combined with the bathroom, separated by a small enclosure. The apartment’s bedroom follows the same design themes as the rest of the home’s bedrooms.

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