Ever since Chip & Joanna popularized the term "barndominium" on Fixer Upper last year, it seems like modern farmhouse barn conversions are becoming a dime a dozen. Not so for this contemporary update of an 1870s dairy farm just an hour outside of Boston.
With its polished concrete floors and soaring expanses of white gallery-like space, supported by rough-hewn wood beams and rustic features only in the way an urban loft might be punctuated by exposed ventilation, this barn conversion in Sterling, Massachusetts borrows more from the vernacular of nearby contemporary art museums than from the Magnolia aesthetic.
The 5,500+ square foot single family residence at 76 Heywood Road was transformed in 2008 by Tim Murphy of Colonial Barn Renovations.
The "Big Grey Barn" now features four bedrooms and five bathrooms and flowing, open concept living space across two main floors plus a basement with a three-car garage, designed with "seamless transition zones from public to private areas, eliminating the need for internal doors," according to the listing agents. A large den surrounds a contemporary fireplace that leads into the formal dining and sleek kitchen, with sliding doors that walk out to a covered patio with panoramic views of the lush gardens, greenery, and abutting conservation areas. Upstairs, airy and loft-like bedrooms with cathedral ceilings feature ultra-modern bathrooms, vanities, and walk-in closets.
Surrounded by 3.8 acres and conservation areas with nearby walking trails, this is rusticating for the city set at its best — now available for an asking price of $925,000 for interested buyers.
And if barns are your thing, you can check out Apartment Therapy founder Maxwell's progress on his Long Island house.