The Lake Placid Barn would make an excellent cabin or small barn home, perhaps vacation, art studio, guest or a retirement home. With just the barn itself, using both floors, you would have 975 sq. ft of floor space. If we left half of first floor cathedral and half loft (which I would recommend for most uses) you would still have roughly 750 sq. ft of living space. If we added one traditional 12’x 25’ shed addition we would increase the floor space to 1050 sq.ft., and if we added one to both sides of the main barn, we could increase the total sq. footage to 1350 sq. ft total. That’s plenty of sq. footage for a modest 2 perhaps even 3 bedroom home if designed properly, and still have all the charm and soul and openness of the barn home conversion. This would still give you an open great room cathedral ceiling in one half of the main barn with a loft that could be used for many uses. As you can see by the Tractor, this barn was used as a barn (Tractor shed) and could be used for that purpose again as well. (tractor not included ! Ha ha!
With the addition of a traditional shed dormer(s) you could make this loft area even more spectacular and user friendly. These kind of smaller barns with two shed additions are very stunning looking from the exterior, very cost effective, and help open the door to a nice balance of rustic and more finished look on the interior which I am a big fan of. Barn Shui I call it!
This would be a very economical frame to put up as everything is there, timber frame, floor joist and rafters with all the joinery complete.
The timbers in this barn are roughly 8”x8” which is still a very nice size, particularly within the scale and visual background of a smaller frame. Smaller timbers tend to look more refined and finished than some of the massive timbered barns we get, which of course have their own extremely stunning look as well. If interested, feel free to call and discuss with me. Thx, Dale