Friday Fun: Converted Barns

Barns were very popular types of conversions in my part of France, after people ran out of chateaux (or budget) to renovate. Here are some to pique your interest…

The Mill on the Floss type of barn from Brittany, from
Contemporary Dutch barn interior, from
Probably more of a warehouse than a barn, from
Lots of gorgeous stonework, from Red Banana Studio.
American ambition, from
Barn for sale in New York State, from Brown Harris Stevens.
British conversion, from Ideal Home.
And we finish on a French note again, by Franck Labbay Architecte.

13 thoughts on “Friday Fun: Converted Barns”

    1. I have a friend who lives in a converted watermill and let me tell you:it is NOISY. I suppose you get used to the waterfall backdrop eventually, but I also found I had to go to the loo more frequently! 😱😱😱

    1. I’ve seen some really bad barn or church or mill conversions, where the whole original character of the building was ripped out. Glad I managed to show you something different!

  1. Oh, they’re all so lovely, Marina Sofia! I like the last one the best, but they’re all just beautiful! Lilian Jackson Braun’s protagonist, James ‘Qwill’ Qwilleran lives in a converted barn. Now I understand why…

  2. Great post. Barn conversions have been very popular in our area of SW France, partly because traditional farmhouses for restoration have run out! Barns do offer wonderful architectural spaces and can lend themselves to some fabulous conversions. This is clearly better than letting them fall down, which has happened around here, too. We bought our barn about 6 years after moving in because, selfishly, it was 30 metres from our front door and we didn’t want someone else’s house that close. We have retained it as a barn, because we didn’t want to do gîtes or B&B. The (original) charpente is wonderful, the walls are still as straight as a die and the date inscribed about the door is 1734. No longer practical for modern day farming, it’s still a valuable piece of patrimoine.

  3. All lovely buildings inside. However, having grown up in rural UK, I know many converted barns lack garden space around them, because they were sited in the farm yards (of course) close to the farm houses and other buildings.
    Out of interest, I recently saw a huge church that had been newly converted into apartments, but the large graveyard was still in place with no fencing off, even hugging the walls of the building & surrounding the alloted parking spaces.

  4. Not sure about some of these, but the two French ones look lovely – much more liveable than most of the others somehow. I think I’d go for the bottom one, though I must admit it doesn’t look much like a barn…

  5. I’m joining Booker Talk (if she’ll let me, in Mill on the Floss – all else pale for me after that one. You couldn’t just ask the estate agent the water temperature in winter could you.? Could there also be some swans please………

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