Up­cy­cled Barn House

Step inside an early barn turned home.

Country Sampler's Upstyled Home - - CONTENTS -

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.

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