Here in south Louisiana, there are small, concrete block barns everywhere. We have one on our property from when a previous owner had dairy cows. It’s not a huge barn but it’s about 750 sq. feet.—24′ x 32′.
It’s divided into 3 rooms—one of them is about half the size of the whole building.
Don has had this idea of converting the barn into a rental cottage for extra retirement income. I don’t like the idea of dealing with tenants.
Not long ago, I had this brainstorm about turning the barn into a quilt studio because I want all this stuff out of my house! I asked him to go with me to the barn one afternoon and when we went inside, I said “Welcome to my new quilt studio”!!!
You should have seen the look I got. Lol. But guess who’s getting a new quilt studio in the barn?
He’s put a new tin roof on and new insulation in the attic. New electrical wiring has been installed in the whole barn. He’s put new windows and doors in and painted the barn inside/out but I’m pretty sure we’ll have to do a re-paint job. He’s put ceramic tile on the floor in one of the rooms. There will be insulation added to the walls.
He’s even been routing wood and putting in a stained, rustic ceiling in the rooms. It looks almost just like V-groove pine that is all the houses in Bellamy, AL where we grew up. Looks pretty darned good! (And this is recycled wood)
He’s had a new concrete floor poured in the large room so the floor will be smooth and level. The original floor was uneven, not to mention years and years of dust & dirt. I guess the cows didn’t care. My Grace frame/Juki will be happy on the new floor. The guys who did the new floor wanted to know if this was going to be a “man cave”. NOT.
This is the room I’m planning to use for the main sewing room. It’s big enough for several tables where I can have friends over to sit & sew.
He’s adding a kitchen, dining area, and bath which brings the floor space to almost 1100 sq. feet. Since we’ll have a kitchen, we can even have lunch! Doesn’t that sound like fun? When I get my stuff moved in, I’m going to see if I can find a dinette table/chairs, love-seat and chair on Freecycle. I believe in re-using whenever possible.
We’re going to put paneling on the walls. I don’t want to fool with sheet-rock.
He thinks my occupation of the barn is going to be temporary. He says he’s going to have a studio built onto our house for me. He thinks he’s going to move me out of the barn at some point and back to the house.