If you’re looking for a house with good bones for a Colorado ski chalet, an 18th-century barn in upstate New York might seem like a crazy, if not impossible idea. Yet this house proves that not only is it possible, it can be beautiful too. Restored by Heritage Barns, the barn frame was transported to Telluride, Colorado, where the interiors were completed renovated to suit the needs of its new homeowners. With a spacious dining area, multiple bedrooms and a cozy living room, the chalet is the perfect place to relax after a long day of hitting the slopes. Meanwhile, the antique floors and exposed beams are a constant reminder to the barn’s storied past in New York.
An 18th century barn becomes a not-so-typical ski chalet in Colorado
The original building is a Dutch barn, the oldest and rarest type of barn found in the United States. According to sources, there are fewer than 600 Dutch barns still intact. For the restoration, the gabled roof line was raised to a form a less angled slope.
The open-concept main floor contains a spacious living area and a dining table that can easily seat 12 people. Huge windows that show off the front porch emphasize the barn’s super-high ceilings. Keeping with the rustic vibe of the house, the furnishings are all in rich brown tones that match the antique floors and hand-hewn beams.
Thanks to a huge wrap-around bar, the family’s designated cook never has to feel left out in the kitchen! To keep the space well lit, simple spotlights hang from varying beams at different heights.
This is a serious cook’s dream stove. Six burners mean making big family dinners is a breeze. We love how the cabinets are made of pre-distressed white wood and weathered bricks cover the stove range. All in all, it makes for a country-style look.
The basement is a cozier alternative to the more formal sitting area in the main room. This leather sectional is outfitted with plenty of big, fluffy throw pillows and the cow hide armchair is a playful punch. An oversized area rug adds an extra level of comfort.
The main architectural detail in this bedroom are the hand-hewn beams. Even the armoire was built around a lower beam! Photos of snowy mountains make for appropriate artwork, while sconces that look like lit candles lends the room a traditional feel.