Upcycled Barn House
Step inside an early barn turned home.
WHEN LUCY AND BOB MCBRIDE found this home in the historic Concord area of Massachusetts, it was in its final stage of renovation. Constructed in the late 1770s as a barn, local historic-preservation laws deemed that the exterior of the building had to remain barn like. This stipulation turned out to be one of Lucy’s favorite elements of the house. “People are truly surprised by the interior. They have no idea it’s such a wide-open and modernized home inside.” The house stays true to its originally intended architecture while comfortably accommodating all the expectations of modern life. Lucy balances the structure with natural and oversize accessories to complement the barn builders of the 1770s and celebrates the country lineage of a Colonial building that has stood the test of time.
WINTER STORM DOORS ARE USED TO CREATE AN UPSTYLED SUNROOM OFF THE MAIN BARN. REMOVABLE GLASS PANELS CAN BE SWAPPED FOR BREEZY SCREENS.
The family room echoes the entire house’s “put-your-feet-up country style,” Lucy says. The sunroom is a light-filled gathering place in any season due to its ingenious use of paneled storm doors. A basket full of vintage globes makes an instant and unexpected coffee table centerpiece. A large and comfy sectional provides optimum seating for the family of six who like to watch movies together.
A clock with a gilt frame adds finery to the rustic beam-lined walls. A wood dining table matches the beams’ patina and can fit a crowd for family functions. A large schooner model works perfectly with the height of the ceiling and exposed timbers.
Upcycled design is the perfect decorative match for this early country barn.
Homeowner Lucy McBride uses a vintage basket filled with flowers to welcome guests to her country barn home.