A small barn house in woodstock
The idea of living in a converted barn holds a lot of romantic appeal for many people. The problem from a small-house perspective is that most barns are pretty big. However this 100-year-old barn turned vacation rental in Upstate New York is a nice size at 650 ft2 (60.4 m2).
Built in the 1920s, the barn features wide-plank wood floors and hand-hewn beams. The entire ground floor is an open-plan living space. The original barn doors were replaced by a pair of French doors giving a view of farm fields with the Catskill Mountains in the distance.
The kitchen is little more than a random collection of shelves and benches, which maybe does fit the home’s casual rustic style, but cupboards with soffits above could be used to hide the exposed drainpipes from the bathroom above. There doesn’t seem to be a sink, but at least the exposed pipes would make it easy to install one.
Stairs in the back corner lead up to the bedroom and bathroom, which has a Japanese-style soaking tub wrapped in barn wood. It took me a while to realize that the window beside the tub is actually an interior window facing into the bedroom area.
The rest of the upper floor is used for the bedroom, which looks very spacious. If the stairs had been located closer to the middle of the barn, it would probably have been possible to divide the space into two bedrooms.
If you’re going to be in the Woodstock area, the barn can be rented through Airbnb.