Family of Four ... 700-Square-Foot Barn

Los Angeles Times

This might be the ultimate act of creative reuse: a family of four leaves their 2-bedroom bungalow in Southern California and moves into a dilapidated barn in Costa Mesa that was previously used to house chickens.

With some creativity and an admirable ability to live in an unconventional space, the family has made the space not only livable, but also beautiful.Corey Gash, a window display artist, had always wanted to live in a more rustic environment. And he fell in love with the look and feel of the barn. In an LA Times interview he says: "The first time I saw it, I thought it was an amazing space with great bones. I'd always wanted to live in a barn."

The family moved into the barn and remodeled it—adding a bathroom and giving the space an open, comfortable feeling.

Utilizing reclaimed materials throughout (bowling lane wood is used beautifully as a kitchen table), the family proves that creative reuse can be done on a gigantic scale.

See the full slideshow of images at the LA Times.

Image: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times

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