Great Spa­ces

Barns turned homes in Prince Ed­ward County

Toronto Life - - Contents - By va­lerie howes

WHAT The multi-barn Cressy Long­house WHere Waupoos HoW big 2,600 square feet

Alan Gra­tias has a habit of buy­ing old build­ings and bring­ing them back to life. In 1997, he re­stored the Ot­tawa home of Fran­cis Sul­li­van, a for­mer stu­dent of Frank Lloyd Wright. Then, he re­stored two houses in Lunen­berg, Nova Sco­tia, where he lived from 2000 to 2010. And in 1998, he bought three fall­ing-down barns—a pig barn, drive shed and tur­key coop—along with a de­crepit Loy­al­ist farm­house on the ex­treme east­ern shore of Prince Ed­ward County that he now calls home. Gra­tias tack­led the farm­house first. Af­ter get­ting a thigh-high river, sev­eral rat car­casses and “ten years’ worth of crap” out of the base­ment, he moved in and turned his at­ten­tion to the old barns. He now uses the ren­o­vated, an­tique-fur­nished tur­key coop, drive shed and pigsty as stylish guest­houses. When vis­i­tors pull into the court­yard of Gra­tias’ es­tate, they still see a col­lec­tion of old barns. But once in­side, it’s a cozy dwelling look­ing out to chardon­nay grapevines and the pound­ing waves of Lake On­tario. “They walk through the door, and they’re like, ‘Oh, geez! This is not On­tario, this is the south of France,’ ” Gra­tias says.

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