Is a Barn Conversion Doable?

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Q: My husband and I have been house hunting, and came across a beautiful barn built in 1940, in Rhode Island. It's in a fantastic location and has a finished second floor loft (the second floor, in the past, was used as a place for town gatherings). The first floor was a stable for 5 horses, and has a studio and a half bath:

As much as we are in love with this place, we don't know exactly how much money and work it would require. It might be out of our reach, but if there is even a slightest chance that we could afford it, we would jump at the chance. So, I am hoping that some of the more handy, and experienced AT readers would be able to give us some advice about the costs involved in turning a barn into a house.

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Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and son in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.

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