Party Barns

With summer here, the fourth of July coming up and wedding season in full swing, entertaining spaces are on my mind.  Party Barns are the rage and have been for some time because they are large, charming and just plain cool.  Anytime you can repurpose a space that was iconic for one use into something different, it creates magic.  Using an old simple agricultural building for a place to hold celebrations is one example of this, much like converting old industrial lofts into homes.  

Heritage Restorations can find you an old barn, move it to and reassemble and restore it on your property.  What a great venue for a wedding!

Photo: Justin Clemons- WSJ

Photo: Justin Clemons- WSJ

Photo: Justin Clemons- WSJ

Photo: Justin Clemons- WSJ

These party barns can be extremely rustic or finished with great care and detail to function as a guest house. This barn in Texas done by Kelly and Co Design was conceived as a music venue and party space:

Julie Soefer- WSJ

Julie Soefer- WSJ

Paul Johnson Photography

Paul Johnson Photography

One of my favorite party barns is in Connecticut and was designed by the firm Ellsworth Ford on the Phillip Johnson estate.  The all glass walls are spectacular with the timber frame.

Houzz

Houzz

This is a far cry from the typical rustic party barn.  The glass walls make it something really extraordinary, don't they?  This barn is furnished beautifully for comfort. 

Ellsworth Ford

Ellsworth Ford

If you want to build a new barn on your property, there is a company in Boone NC that will do that for you. Carolina Timbers builds timber barns the way they used o be built.  That way you can get exactly what you want.  But they aren't cheap.  A party/guest barn can cost between $500,000-$1,000,000.  Or, you can buy a house with that already has a party barn.  This house in Weston Ct is for sale for $3,750,000 and has a pool house and a party barn- perfect for all of your summer entertaining needs!

Jonihomes.com

Jonihomes.com

My friend, Cindy Raney, of The Riverside Realty Group listed a chic barn in Fairfield CT for sale that is to die for.  I love this place and wanted to share it with you:

Granite Studios

Granite Studios

 

I am dreaming of a party barn... Maybe a tiny one?   

Happy Wednesday!