Incredible “Man Cave” Barn Transformation

I am a big fan of rustic buildings and this is a great example of what can be done with a barn when you have great design and lots of money. This 100-year-old structure was completely rebuilt and then finished inside to create a fantastic “guy hang-out” space. It has some great features including a pool table set in a Z28 Camaro, a huge bar area and lots of room for kids of all ages to relax and have fun. There is so much about this project that I like. I know you will enjoy it.

Architectural & Interior Design and photography: Daniel Contelmo Architects

Shortly after breaking ground to build another architect’s plan, the owners of this 100-year old barn stumbled upon the designs of Daniel Contelmo Architects. Once they saw the firm’s work, especially the design of another award-winning barn, they knew they needed to switch gears. While the previously-hired contracting firm was racing to put walls up before winter weather set in, the team at Daniel Contelmo Architects was redesigning the barn’s interior spaces.

The original barn floor was re-structured and received a new roof and a dormer that provided some much-needed light. The team located the sleeping space in the original barn, using sliding barn doors to separate it from the bar, kitchen, pool table, and TV space in the addition. The roof lanthorn was remodelled to let in more light directly over the 4-person custom bunk beds. In the dormer, a window seat that doubles as a bed was installed with a trundle below. The existing upper level now contains a bathroom, closet and office, while the first floor boasts an elaborate home gym and another kitchen and bath. On the lower level, the garage area houses five cars and features hand-hewn beams and posts for a carriage house feel.  The exterior was also redesigned to create a more significant gable end facing the house.

Stone veneer was added to the base of the building and board and batten siding and a standing seam roof continue the traditional barn exterior.

A rear balcony off the upper level was added for scale and overlooks the outdoor basketball court.

This picture shows the bar area along with table seating. There is also an air hockey table and my favourite – a pool table set in the front of a Z28 Camaro. That is so cool!

Rustic barn flooring, black table and chairs and aged barn wood on the walls.

I like the cross-bucked barn doors. The bar counter has a live edge with honed top. Antique wood mantle on stone fireplace.

Leather sofas and plaid chairs. So Guy-ish.

Note the light fixtures over the bar. The fixture is made up of pulleys with the chords hanging. Very inventive!

Here we can see the light coming down from the lanthorn.

Bunk beds for lots of kids to hang out.


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