Top 5 Converted Barns and Farmhouses That Celebrate Their Rural Roots

Get back to basics with these modern farmhouses and barns. Take a peek at the impressive home conversions from the Dwell community that caught our editor’s eye this week.

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1. Vermont Barn to High Performance Home

Robert Swinburne chose to leave some of the barn's original elements, such as the rustic timber frames. The dining, kitchen, and living areas are now filled with light.

Architect: Robert Swinburne of Bluetime Collaborative, Location: Newfane, Vermont

From the architect: "We initially looked at various options including leaving the barn alone and creating a new building, dismantling the barn and re-using the frame and moving the barn and creating a new foundation for it. We ended up leaving the barn in place and stabilizing the existing stone foundation. The design process was intensive and thorough as we endeavored to make the most of the inherent possibilities within the framework of what we had chosen to retain."

2. Barn Living

For the extension, Bureau Fraai decided to extend the current old barn next to the farmhouse. While the existing barn was built from bricks and ceramic roof tiles, the façade and roof of the extension are made of black pre-weathered titanium zinc with hidden aluminum window frames that give it a bold and modern feel. 

Architect: Bureau Fraai, Location: Aalten, Netherlands

From the architect: "The young family living in this farmhouse in the east of Holland had the wish to completely renovate the out-dated interior while also opening up the house to its beautiful surroundings. Bureau Fraai realized this by opening up the whole ground floor plan of the existing house and by adding a spacious extension creating a strong visual connection to the big garden." 

3. OKC Farmhouse

The dining room of OKC Farmhouse by Scharbach Workshop features high ceilings, distinctive pendant lighting, and connects to the other areas of the house in an elegant way.

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Architect: Scharbach Workshop, Location: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

From the architect: "After purchasing some land about six miles north of downtown Oklahoma City, the [homeowners] reached out to Scharbach Workshop to design a simple white farmhouse. The house features a large wraparound porch, a greenhouse breezeway connection to a garage, and an open floor plan with a large kitchen island and views out to wooded areas and a field, where the couple has made plans for a future pond and apple orchard."

4. The Converted Barn

Homeowners Keith Conway and Chris Klein converted a former hayloft into a sleek, modern space that pays homage to its roots.

Homeowner and designer: Keith Conway, Location: Langley Township, British Columbia, Canada

From the homeowner: "This recently completed barn conversion is home to myself, my partner Chris, and our dog, Gus. Almost everything you see was hand built ourselves—including the hand-milled floors, railings, all the kitchen and bathroom cabinetry, as well as some of the furniture. This conversion measures in at about 2,100 square feet and exists in what was the hayloft of the dairy barn. We utilized as many things as the property could provide for us and repurposed a lot of wood to make the space work."

5. Industrial Farmhouse

The main level living space of Industrial Farmhouse by Christopher Simmond Architect Inc. is a transparent social hub for viewing the rural landscape. The house is situated to optimize views, as well as protect occupants from the blazing summer sun and stiff winter winds.

Architect: Christopher Simmonds Architect Inc., Location: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

From the project uploader: "The client’s brief was to create a space reminiscent of their beloved downtown Chicago industrial loft in a rural farm setting. Furthermore, the design ought to incorporate their unique collection of antiques and architectural salvage. The resulting custom designed space blends life on the farm with an industrial sensibility." 

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