Back in the 19th century, New York state was home to the “hop belt” where a series of high-ceilinged barns produced the majority of the country’s hops. When prohibition ended the huge beer market, many of the barns were neglected or abandoned. Originally built around 165 years ago in Canajohaire, New York, this hops barn is now a rustic art studio and guest house in Austin, Texas. And although the interior bears little resemblance to its agricultural history, the structure’s beautiful A-frame was preserved. Explore this stunning space restored by Heritage Barns and daydream of your own artistic retreat.
Restored barn in Austin offers plenty of artistic inspiration
This barn was first built in the Mohawk River Valley of upstate New York around 1860 and is now located on a picturesque ranch in Austin, Texas. While the frame is original, the barn’s siding is vintage and reclaimed. Several windows were installed throughout the space to open up the interior to the gorgeous surrounding area.
Inside, the space is primarily used as an artist's studio. Large, wooden desks offer plenty of space for big projects, while a plush seating area is ideal for entertaining in the evenings. The whitewashed walls accent the original wooden beams and spacious window frames. The best part though? Those awe-inspiring corner windows.
This loft—which was originally used to dry hops—is now the perfect space for a sleeping area. Windows of various sizes were installed to bring natural light into the upper level. An original beam now works double duty as a small bedside table, just large enough for an alarm clock and glass of water.
What’s the best way to add some whimsy to a space? Install a slide next to the staircase. We love this throwback to the playground! Along with providing plenty of fun, the metal slide also complements the other industrial elements in the space like the large pendant lights, exposed ductwork, and the filing cabinet.
This awesome purple wall unit makes organizing a breeze. No cupboard doors means easy access to sketch pads, paint, and brushes. This closet also has an industrial size sink, a small fridge, and a toaster oven.
The front of the house features a small patio area that’s protected from the elements thanks to the newly built awning. Like the barn’s exterior siding, the awning is made from vintage, reclaimed wood.