Remember when you were young and you left the front door open or came in from the outdoors and tracked mud everywhere? Your parents would then inevitably say, “Were you raised in a barn?” The newest trend in restoration architecture proves that being raised in a barn is not only a viable option, it’s a beautiful one to boot!
Found in Friday Harbor, on Washington’s San Juan Islands, this barn-converted house is brimming with rustic charm. Surrounded by 14 acres of ocean-adjacent, forest-covered rocky landscape, it's the perfect getaway for anyone seeking a little peace and quiet.
The inside floor is concrete, which is much sturdier than hardwood, easier to maintain, and it lasts longer, too. The kitchen comes completely stocked with a breakfast buffet, full-sized refrigerator, sink, oven, and dishwasher.
Inside there is plenty of room to stretch. The high beams from the original structure reach up to over nine feet, creating a spacious living area. Luckily, the 1,720-square-foot home is just the right size to be comfortably warmed by the wood stove.
Most of the surfaces, including the walls, ceiling, furniture, and kitchen cabinetry are made from wood, befitting the structural origins. The entire space is lit-up with sconces, lamps, and subtle overhead lighting that, along with the natural tones of the wood and the neutral wall colour, creates a welcoming, cozy atmosphere.
The upstairs is significantly smaller than the ground level, but there is still room for three snug bedrooms. The high ceiling helps the narrow rooms feel larger, and the many windows invite in ample sunlight. There is also a three-piece bathroom on the second floor.
The back doors open up to a large wooden deck that faces south across Haro Strait toward Victoria, British Columbia. It has a railing that runs across two sides, enclosing the open edges and creating a great spot to watch the whales swimming along the shore down below. If you’re feeling lonely, the deck is also large enough to host a pretty amazing outdoor party.
Oh, and don’t forget about the crazy beautiful view!