Originally built in upstate New York, this Colonial-era barn was transformed into a weekend retreat in Texas—perfect for big family gatherings. Heritage Restoration, a building company specializing in restoring old barns, transported the historical timber frame from New York to Texas and then filled out the structure with white-stained wood, salvaged wood roof decking, and classic sliding barn doors. Read more about the McKinney Weekend Retreat here.
Rather than build from scratch, the old bones of the barn were preserved and restored. For the construction of the McKinney Weekend Retreat, the barn’s original hand-hewn timber frame was delicately preserved and transported to Texas by Heritage Restoration. Once in Texas, the frame was outfitted with a mix of era-appropriate antique materials and energy-efficient designs. Situated in an idyllic pasture, the retreat overlooks marshes and a swimming hole.
Inside, the spacious barn exudes a cozy mix of old and new. The original beam and post frame contrasts the white-stained interior wood panelled walls. Multiple windows keep the barn airy and bright, while sliding barn doors provide easy access to the outdoors and add rustic charm.
The main floor contains the kitchen, living room, dining area, and bathroom. The bathroom is separated by a wooden sliding door painted rooster red, while the rustic chic sink, located just outside the facilities, is made out of an old metal pail atop an antique stool.
The staircase leading up to the loft bedroom is made of unstained wood and adorned with old license plates from various states.
Upstairs, the loft bedroom features plenty of antique appeal with twinkly lights, vintage linens, a painted barn table, and industrial-style lamps. The ceiling’s A-frame is perfect for extra storage space.
A raised deck running the length of the barn is the perfect spot for your morning coffee. The space is outfitted with hanging lights, teal Muskoka chairs (and pillows!) plus hanging fans for a soft breeze on those warm Texan afternoons. Or better yet, go for a dip in the nearby watering hole.