Tack Barn Renovation

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Project by winecountrywhimsy posted 07-14-2009 02:22 AM 2841 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I posted this over at, but I wanted to share it with lumberjocks as well. We recently did a door replacement and small renovation on our Tack Barn. The barn is used as our recreation room and has finished walls and floors. It has electric, but no heat or water. I got the doors from a friend of mine after they had been passed between neighbors. They were in good shape, but the old doors were shorter and narrower, so we had to raise the header and push out the windows.

Once we opened up the floor we found wet rot, of course. This prolonged the project and cost a bunch more money. In addition to the new glass doors, we did exterior and interior paint, painted the light fixtures, installed ceramic tile at the main entry and in the corner of the barn where a new wood stove will be added. I built window boxes to dress up the side of the barn. I also added drain tile and curbing to stop the water issue that caused the wet rot.

The photos show the finished project as well as a before photo and some construction. There is so much more light now. We will be spending more time out there now, specially come football season.

-- Todd @ winecountrywhimsy Sonoma County, CA

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#1 posted 07-14-2009 02:33 AM

football season—-this means you should call this project the MAN HOUSE…looks good…when is the party?

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#2 posted 07-14-2009 04:25 AM

Just like that show on HGTV….Man Land.

-- Todd @ winecountrywhimsy Sonoma County, CA

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#3 posted 07-14-2009 03:49 PM

Good save great space

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#4 posted 07-14-2009 04:28 PM

VERY NICE – a complete remake, but you were able to retain the charm and style. Congrats!

-- Paul, St Louis, MO,

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#5 posted 07-16-2009 12:52 AM

looks good, I hope that you have a sweet shop…cause this would make a great one…

football season is held in my shop, move the bench over…bring in a couple stools and watch my Brownies try to win !!!! and the extra fridge “beer fridge” is keep in there…perfect

-- 'Original Rudge' Muskoka, Cdn

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#6 posted 07-16-2009 01:52 AM

Thats a nice professional job…well done.

As a LJ in possession of a converted 2 horse barn – which also had a tack room attached (if you could call it that) – I turned it into a dynamite shop….in fact I am blowing my budget as we speak, filling it up with nice new shiny toys I have been lusting for.

So I would have to agree with Rudge there on his take…A barn/tack room makes one heck of a nice shop. I also have the “extra” fridge in mine….in fact I built a spot for it specifically….that way I dont have far to travel when I need some cold refreshment (it gets hotter then hades here sometimes). I do have to say I don’t have a TV in there…but it would not take much to find a space and set it up.

Thanks for sharing with us.

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#7 posted 08-17-2009 07:39 PM

We installed a wood stove this weekend and I can’t wait to use it this fall. Since it was about 95, I decided to wait on the start up. I will post some pics next week. I don’t have a fridge in the barn, but I do have a wine cooler. I am looking for a small beer fridge to add. I have a separate shop, a 12×16 ft. shed. I don’t have a fridge out there either. My wife and I have an agreement, no power tools and alcohol mix. It usually gives me a reason to quit working in the shop earlier.

-- Todd @ winecountrywhimsy Sonoma County, CA

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