5 Modern Projects That Reinvent The Barn House

Barn houses have seen a resurgence lately, becoming a new type of stylish and modern. The old-school rustic vibe of their pitched roofs, the wood-clad exteriors and the use of natural and pure materials throughout is complemented by a variety of modern-day features and the result is a very charming type of home. Below you can find five such examples. Each is unique and different than all the others but they all share in common the barn-inspired design direction.

Barn house getaway in VermontView in gallery

This is a holiday home designed and built by studios Joan Heaton Architects and Silver Maple Construction. It’s located in Weybridge. Vermont and its style is eclectic. It definitely has a modern vibe but at the same time it’s a barn house. Everything inside and out is simplified and some of the key defining elements have been customized. For instance, the house has large sliding door that disappears into the wall, exposing the rear section to the beautiful outdoor surroundings. The entryway on the other hand features a pivoting door.

Barn house getaway in Vermont - living roomView in gallery

Barn house getaway in Vermont - living room decorView in gallery

Barn house getaway in Vermont vaulted ceilingView in gallery

Barn house getaway in Vermont - loft bedroomView in gallery

Barn house getaway in Vermont swimming poolView in gallery

Barn house getaway in Vermont - porch decorView in gallery

This small barn house is meant to serve as a family getaway spot where everyone gets to be close to nature and to enjoy its beauty. As a result, the architects looked for ways to maximize the views and to highlight the connection between the house and its natural surroundings. This unique combination of styles suits it perfectly as it maintains a timeless appeal while also making it feel very welcoming and cozy.

Bridger Mountains Rustic Barn CabinView in gallery

This barn house has a strong rustic vibe and there’s good reason for that. This was a project completed by studios Yellowstone Traditions in collaboration with Swaback Partners. It’s very interesting though the fact that this is a barn which was dismantled and then relocated and reconstructed. It was all put back together using the original materials. Additions and customizations were made and that resulted in a very nice blend of rustic and traditional details with just a hint of modern simplicity.

Bridger Mountains Rustic Barn Cabin -lakeView in gallery

Bridger Mountains Rustic Barn Cabin - woodenView in gallery

Bridger Mountains Rustic Barn Cabin interiorView in gallery

Bridger Mountains Rustic Barn Cabin- fireplaceView in gallery

The structure is located in Montana and has a small footprint which it makes up for with a large porch. Inside there’s a kitchen and living room area on the ground floor and a loft bedroom upstairs. There’s also a bathroom with an outdoor shower and all sorts of other interesting features including a stone-clad fireplace. Outside the porch overlooks the private ponds all filled with trout, turning this barn into a charming fishing cabin.

Coastal Barn Home DesignView in gallery

On a different note, this barn home has a really nice coastal vibe which blends well into its farmhouse-inspired design. The house was designed by studio Yankee Barn Homes and is located on the Martha’s Vineyard island in Massachusetts. It has 5 bedrooms and 5 1/2 bathrooms in total in addition to all the common areas. The interior design and layout are customized to embrace the concepts of family living. The house is also designed to make guests feel very welcome.

Coastal Barn Home Design - green fenceView in gallery

Coastal Barn Home Design- lap poolView in gallery

Coastal Barn Home Design - interiorView in gallery

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Coastal Barn Home Design backView in gallery

In addition to its inviting interior design and charming exterior, this coastal barn house also features a series of large openings and glazed surfaces which maximize all the views and ensure a close connection to the outdoor areas. As you might guess from looking at the exterior design of this house and its color palette, the interior spaces are bright, open and airy which makes them quite different from typical rustic barn spaces.

Red Bucks County historic barnView in gallery

This is a historic barn located in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. It’s been recently renovated and transformed into a more modern structure suitable for today’s lifestyle. The remodel was done by studio Brett King Builder and the team was careful to preserve the original charm of the building as best as possible. They exposed the original stone walls and preserved the timber beams, integrating them seamlessly into the new design of the house.

Red Bucks County historic barn interiorView in gallery

Red Bucks County historic barn- wooden decorView in gallery

Red Bucks County historic barn rustic bedroomView in gallery

Underneath the classic barn-like shell, the house is a very charming and cozy space with a very fluid layout. The private section is composed of two bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms and private entrances which are situated upstairs. The common areas are positioned on the lower level where they have easy access to the porch and the surrounding outdoor areas. Stone and wood and the main materials that define this project. They keep the magic of the original historic building alive and blend in nicely with the new and modern design.

Multi purpose residence by Seattle based SkB ArchitectsView in gallery

This is a rather unusual barn house. It has a distinctive roof shape and serves as a multipurpose residence. It’s situated on a site close to Lake Chelan in Manson, Washington and was designed by studio SkB Architects. What’s especially interesting about it is the fact that it serves part as regular home and part as an actual working barn or to be more exact as a fruit orchard. This is also a beautiful venue used for a variety of different events.

Multi purpose residence by Seattle based SkB Architects bedroomView in gallery

multi-purpose residence by Seattle-based SkB Architects barn doornView in gallery

multi-purpose residence by Seattle-based SkB Architects- livingView in gallery

Multi purpose residence by Seattle based SkB Architects kitchenView in gallery

This design wasn’t always the initial plan. Originally, the idea was to create a traditional metal barn with a classic red exterior and was meant to house farm equipment. However, the plans evolved and changed over time. The barn eventually turned into a home and a lowered roofline design was chosen in order to show the unique nature of the project.