Barndo of Our Dreams
In the years past, I used to include post after post of dream homes on this blog. It's fascinating to take a look back at the houses that I liked (and why) and compare that to my taste / lifestyle now. It's also terribly interesting to see how the change in design has changed over the last decade. Although I haven't been posting the houses that catch my eye on this blog, it doesn't mean that I haven't been perusing real estate. Real estate gawking is still a daily hobby of mine and now it's been expanded to include property and lakefront homes. I'm thinking of bringing the Hey Homey posts back because who doesn't like to set their imagination free and think of all the cool things they could be doing, living in these new spaces?
I sent the feature property today to Bryan and he responded: This is one we've been looking for. This barndominium sits on a cool 80 acres in East Texas, with most of the land cleared for grazing but some timber and a creek cutting across one corner. The barndo has a giant overhang, which would serve as a perfect porch to sit on with some bug spray and an ice tea. But just look at the inside of this barndo! It only has one "real" bedroom, as the remainder of the three queen sized beds are up in the loft area. The open loft area makes the barndo look so much larger and grandiose than it really is, with the kitchen acting as the command center of the space. They even had enough room downstairs to squeeze a bar into the corner of the barndo - this space was made for entertaining.
I'm not the biggest fan of knotty pine paneling everywhere you look and the more country western-theme of the fixtures, however the bones of the house are there if you want to change things to suit your taste. You could close off a room in the loft for privacy and replace the paneling and corrugated steel with dry wall or whatever you please. I think that sealed stained concrete is the perfect flooring for a barndo like this. There is a metal shop on the other side of the barndo, with two roll up doors, for your farm equipment.
The dreamer in me thinks that this would be a perfect country getaway for us (and maybe eventually permanent home if we're feeling bold enough). It isn't too far from DFW and has just the right mix of trees, water, and land. Maybe someday, hopefully in the not-so-distant future.