Built in 1870, an old red barn sat on a large piece of property near Albany, New York.
When first constructed and for years to come, it would serve as a hay barn, storing cattle, horses, and lots of hay. Then, Douglas Vanderhorn Architects got their hands on it through Heritage Restorations, took it apart piece by piece, and transported it to Greenwich, Connecticut where it now serves as an absolutely incredible guest house on a private residential estate.
After a long road trip, and lots of hard work, the barn is now a breathtaking auxiliary home – and you can hardly recognize it.
“The flooring, ceiling and exterior siding are vintage reclaimed barn boards. The restored barn is now a guest house, garage and wine cellar for a residential estate in southwestern Connecticut,” Heritage Restorations says on their website about the project. Notice the incredible atrium/sunroom that was built on.
Now, let’s take a look inside.
Entering the guest home’s jaw-dropping great room – you would never know that it once housed barn animals.
The main ‘shell’ of the barn was kept true to its original form, which gave the 2,100-square-foot guest home a large open floor plan with extremely high vaulted ceilings. The great room features a wide open floor plan with a comfy living room near a fireplace, dining room, and kitchen. The balcony above accommodates a sleeping loft for guests.
The expansive kitchen is fit for a gourmet chef.
Imagine how many friends and members of your family you can fit in this kitchen. The breakfast bar and island are the perfect places for guests to gather while you’re cooking a homemade dinner. The kitchen features a large farm sink and all-new modern appliances.
In a space meant for entertaining, it wouldn’t be complete without a wet bar.
The wood built-in bar has lots of cabinets to store tumblers, wine glasses, and martini glasses. Mix a cocktail and head out to the sunroom (below) to relax or play a game of cards with great company.
Another view of the great room from the kitchen shows the expanse of the space.
A long dining table in the center of the room can easily seat up to ten people comfortably, and it sits under a stunning chandelier. From this view, you can get a better view of the fireplace with stonework reaching up to the ceiling.
By far one of the highlights of this glorious guest house is the sunroom with French doors.
Sit and bask in the sunshine flowing in from the many windows of this incredible sunroom, or “conservatory,” as some may call it. There is plenty of seating for guests to relax, and the French doors open up to the well-manicured gardens of the estate for a lovely breeze.
As if this barn-turned-luxurious-guest-home wasn’t impressive enough, it also has a basement wine cellar.
“The rustic theme continues into the basement wine cellar that is outfitted with antique lumber for the shelving and ceiling beams,” says Home World Design. Even the wine cellar is full of fine details – like the mix of horizontal and diamond-shaped wine shelves.
The owners, understandably, couldn’t be happier with how their guest house turned out, but now they might have just one major problem – getting guests to leave.
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H/T: Country Living