“So many barns are misplaced. They only get taken down and plowed underneath. Our house offers them a breath of life.”
Whereas it’d look timeworn, this newly listed seven-bed, four-bath house within the township of Uxbridge, Ontario—about an hour’s drive northeast of Toronto—was solely in-built 2018. The sellers, Brad and Maxine Lawrence, purchased the land in 2010 with plans to finally transfer there from Pickering, Ontario, and construct a log cabin–type house for them and their 4 kids. It’s in the marketplace now for $3.8 million.
On the time, Brad was a daily viewer of Barnwood Builders, a TV present a couple of West Virginia firm that converts outdated barns into trendy properties. Impressed by the present, and by fond childhood reminiscences of summer time days spent taking part in in a barn on his household property in northern Ontario, he started fantasizing about taking up an outdated barn conversion undertaking of his personal.
“So many barns are misplaced. They only get taken down and plowed underneath,” Maxine says. “Our house would give these barns a breath of life.”
Step one was sourcing barns for the reclaimed wooden. They have been available in the market for English-style barns, which have a tendency to incorporate lofts that they might flip into upstairs bedrooms. Utilizing a mix of googling and phrase of mouth, they tracked down a 100-year-old grain-processing barn in Owen Sound.
In late 2017, after hiring Krista Hulshof, an Ontario architect who focuses on barn conversions, they transported the barn from Owen Sound on a 53-foot transport trailer. “All the pieces was rigorously packed like a Jenga puzzle,” says Brad. Nevertheless, the driving force refused to take the trailer into the Lawrence property’s driveway due to a pointy curve en route. “Ultimately, we needed to unload every part in a secondary website and produce all of it up in smaller flatbed vehicles,” Brad says. “We had small hitches like that each step of the best way—nothing was easy about this construct.”
That winter, with the barn supplies lastly in place, the builders erected the body of the primary part of the Lawrence household’s 6,000-square-foot future house. To assist the barn roof, the builders built-in some metal, which was then hid by barn wooden to take care of the house’s aesthetic.
Within the nice room, there are 27-foot ceilings and a four-sided wood-burning hearth within the centre of the area. “We couldn’t set up a stone hearth towards a wall as a result of the extra weight would have meant utterly restructuring the barn framing,” says Brad. As an alternative, they opted for a customized 25-foot hearth they bought from a Quebec firm.
Brad and Maxine needed to make use of reclaimed barn wooden for the inside partitions, ceiling and flooring as nicely, and rapidly realized they’d want extra uncooked materials than one barn may present. They scoured southern Ontario and tracked down 4 extra century-old barns in Cobourg, Lindsay, Little Britain and Stouffville. “One of many barns nonetheless had cows in it the day earlier than we took it down,” says Maxine. As a result of barns from that period have been constructed with no matter bushes have been close by, they contained all kinds of wooden, together with spruce, pine, oak and birch. It took roughly 15 months to finish building on the house, and the Lawrence household moved in shortly after.
The kitchen incorporates a 23-foot island with a concrete countertop that the Lawrences blended and poured over a weekend. Brad and Maxine used cherry to assist the kitchen cupboards stand out. The adjustable cast-iron stools have been bought from Wayfair. “We felt forged iron suited the barn look,” says Maxine.
The five-piece major ensuite lavatory comes with a big copper tub imported from the US. “We didn’t need to use any glass or brass within the house, however we actually favored the darkish patina of copper,” says Maxine. All 4 loos have heated flooring and customized vanities constructed with the reclaimed barn wooden, in line with the itemizing agent, Steven Ferreira.
Within the basement, there’s a theatre room with encompass sound and a customized 120-inch display and movie projector. So as to add some insulation, the Lawrences put in felt within the ceiling after which spray-painted it charcoal to mix in with the remainder of the room.
On the second stage is the first bed room. The carved-wood mattress body was bought from Wayfair. “We went for one thing that was a bit softer to stability out the remainder of the house,” explains Maxine. All seven bedrooms have walk-in closets.
The household put in a pool within the yard. For a cabana altering room, they obtained an outdated corrugated-steel grain bin on Kijiji. “Initially, we thought-about a grain silo to match the general barn concept for our house, however we figured a smaller grain bin was extra sensible and would work simply as nicely,” says Brad.
The sprawling property backs onto Walker Woods and Glen Main Forest, which include 47 kilometres of trails. Solely one of many property’s 10 acres is cleared – the remaining is pure forest.
Now that the house is on the market, the household plans to downsize and spend extra time travelling. “We would do one other reclamation undertaking like this down the street,” Brad says, “however undoubtedly on a a lot smaller scale.”