ceilings. Weber’s design called for a raised roof and the addition
of gables and dormers, all to gain the volume needed for the second-floor guest space while preserving the lofty barn aesthetic
for the first-floor game room.
Old interior walls and ceilings were carefully removed with
the intention of reusing the barnboard, timbers, and windows
in the new spaces. “We salvaged everything we possibly could,”
says Cullen. On the first floor, a new concrete floor with a radi-ant-heat system gives the space year-round functionality. A drywall ceiling, one of the few instances of a conventional finished
surface in the barn, conceals ductwork for the forced hot air
and air conditioning installed to service the second-floor guest
rooms. Salvaged barnboard and framing timbers, plus some new
knotty pine (that Weber intends to whitewash) and shiplap-style
MDF boards, cover nearly every wall and ceiling. “We wanted
the barn to be fresh and crisp and new, with its own aesthetic,”
The first floor is essentially one big game room, with pine-covered walls, sofas for lounging, and two sets of French doors
that let in the light. The second floor functions as a guesthouse,
with three bedrooms, a galley kitchen, and living/dining areas.
Weber transformed the dark interiors of the original barn with
windows or French doors placed in every gable, wall, and dormer
so that natural light filters through the entire structure. To add
even more light, he reused the original barn sashes as clerestory
windows in the second-floor interior hallway. “To bring more
light into the second floor, we built a new cupola and placed it
at the cross gable,” says Weber, noting the glass-sided cap that
tops the barn.
The utilitarian nature of the structure is still
very much intact. For example, two side-by-side
guest rooms share an oversize pocket door that can
be opened to transform the space into one large
bunk room. On the first floor, a series of sliding
barn-style doors can close off one end of the space to create a
separate sleeping area if needed.
There are other possibilities in the offing, with a first-floor
kitchen, an outdoor swimming pool, and an outdoor kitchen all
under discussion. For now, however, the wide-open first-floor
game room is a favorite retreat for the girls, who head over to do
homework, hang out with friends, or simply get out of the house.
That alone is a great new function for an old barn.