Last spring I hired a local photographer to shoot my renovated barn . She recently posted the photos on her blog and I realized that I never posted the photos on my own blog . Well , better late than never .
This project was not easy considering the condition of the barn when we moved in but it has been so worth it . When we were looking for a new house one of the requirements was a space for my studio - a barn, detached garage, shed, anything that could be renovated and was separate from the main house . When we found this house we fell in love with it immediately but we were also SO excited about the barn which seemed crazy because it was not really even in usable condition . Here are a couple of before pics :
Apparently this barn used to house llamas and / or goats . I have heard both stories and I don't know which is true . Either way, most of the barn was unfinished and it was filled with dirt and grime and various creatures . Once it was cleaned out and the construction got underway the vision in my head begin to materialize .
As always with a renovation there were hiccups along the way . Our biggest delay (and expense) was finding someone to make the steel doors and windows . We came so close to giving up and just going with something else but I am so glad we held out for the steel - they really make the barn feel so much more modern and they let in so much light . Halfway through the renovation my husband asked the contractor how many brand new barns we could have built for the price of renovating this one . The answer was, "Definitely one, maybe two." Ha . I can only imagine some of the conversations that must have occured between my contractors along the way . I know they thought I was crazy when this project started but they definitely seemed a little shocked (in a good way!) by the outcome . It is so peaceful working here - everything is organized, the view is gorgeous and the light is amazing . It really does feel like an escape when I am out in the barn .
All of the after photos were taken by Andrea Hubbell. Be sure to contact her if you have any photography needs in the Charlottesville area !