Welcome to Green Acres: Our New Barn House

A tour of our new fixer upper! Come read about all of our plans to turn this barn house into a modern dream home!

You know that feeling when you’re about to do something big?! Friends, I’m feeling all the feels right now. We are moving! I’ve announced it all over facebook and instagram, so if you missed the announcement, make sure to follow over there! Welcome to our new barn house my friends!

A tour of our new fixer upper! Come read about all of our plans to turn this barn house into a modern dream home!

We were not planning on moving anytime soon. We just finished our gorgeous Master Bathroom! But this home has a special story and we’re excited about the change.

I call the home Green Acres. This girl, who lived in Toronto, Canada by choice and LOVED it, is now moving to the country outside of a small town in northern Canada. I ask a lot of embarrassing questions about country living (Can I flush this? Can I eat these berries? How do you start the lawnmower?).

This is the home my in-laws built. My mother and father-in-law bought this land when they first moved up north, and them, along with their sons (which includes my husband), built this home with their own blood, sweat, and tears. No hired out contractors. No interior designers. Just a couple building a home from scratch for their family.

Sadly, my father-in-law passed away a couple of years ago, and when my mother-in-law had to downsize this year, she was very sad to give up the home and property that held so many memories for her. When my husband approached her about us potentially buying the house, I think she was very happy to know that the house would stay in the family.

It’s a beautiful five acre lot with all the space for children and dogs to run free! Although we love the property and the memories behind the house, it’s not really my style inside or out. We have BIG plans. Let me show you around first…

A tour of our new fixer upper! Come read about all of our plans to turn this barn house into a modern dream home!

The Home Tour

The BEST feature of this home is the huge open living room/dining room space on the main floor. The ceilings are vaulted and covered in stained pine board. The space gets so much natural light and it doesn’t even seem to have that many windows!

There are two bay windows that are at a shelf height as opposed to sitting height. The dutch like to have their plants on window sills :)

A tour of our new fixer upper! Come read about all of our plans to turn this barn house into a modern dream home!

To one side is the dining room and kitchen…

A tour of our new fixer upper! Come read about all of our plans to turn this barn house into a modern dream home!A tour of our new fixer upper! Come read about all of our plans to turn this barn house into a modern dream home!

And to the other side is the living room and fireplace.

A tour of our new fixer upper! Come read about all of our plans to turn this barn house into a modern dream home! A tour of our new fixer upper! Come read about all of our plans to turn this barn house into a modern dream home!

Looking straight ahead from the back door is a hallway that leads to a couple of rooms and the entry. There’s a ton of storage in the hallway.

A tour of our new fixer upper! Come read about all of our plans to turn this barn house into a modern dream home!

An outdated bathroom…

A tour of our new fixer upper! Come read about all of our plans to turn this barn house into a modern dream home! A tour of our new fixer upper! Come read about all of our plans to turn this barn house into a modern dream home!

An everything space, that will become my office one day…

A tour of our new fixer upper! Come read about all of our plans to turn this barn house into a modern dream home!

And an entryway with tons of potential…

A tour of our new fixer upper! Come read about all of our plans to turn this barn house into a modern dream home!

I don’t know if you guys have noticed all of the light fixtures, but they’re a bit on the outdated side.

A tour of our new fixer upper! Come read about all of our plans to turn this barn house into a modern dream home!

Then we travel upstairs.

A tour of our new fixer upper! Come read about all of our plans to turn this barn house into a modern dream home!A tour of our new fixer upper! Come read about all of our plans to turn this barn house into a modern dream home!

At the top of the stairs there is a loft space that overlooks the main floor.

A tour of our new fixer upper! Come read about all of our plans to turn this barn house into a modern dream home! A tour of our new fixer upper! Come read about all of our plans to turn this barn house into a modern dream home!

Then there’s another outdated bathroom…

A tour of our new fixer upper! Come read about all of our plans to turn this barn house into a modern dream home! A tour of our new fixer upper! Come read about all of our plans to turn this barn house into a modern dream home!

And a couple of outdated bedrooms…

A tour of our new fixer upper! Come read about all of our plans to turn this barn house into a modern dream home! A tour of our new fixer upper! Come read about all of our plans to turn this barn house into a modern dream home!

Do you see it? All the potential?!

What we know is that the house was built well. My husband was there. He knows that the walls were double insulated and that every stud has extra screws. We don’t really want to change the layout in anyway, but there are a lot of changes we have in mind.

Updates for the barn house:

  • Paint all the walls white ( including sponge painted ones) and paint feature walls later
  • Paint the ceiling white (don’t kill me!) — > just imagine how open and bright the space will be!
  • Add new closet doors on the main floor
  • Lay new flooring down in rooms with carpet and linoleum
  • Replace laminate flooring (but not anytime soon)
  • Build the fireplace up to the bulkhead
  • Make bench seats in the bay windows
  • Add built-in closets to our bedrooms
  • Update all of the light fixtures
  • Renovate one room at a time until the entire house is done!

and the BIG one…

  • BUILD AN ADDITION!

Surprised?! This plan is a few years away most likely, but eventually we plan to build an addition off of the side of the house. It will house a two-car garage underneath and a master bedroom with an ensuite up top. It’s a pretty ambitious plan, but we’re excited!

These Green Acres updates will be regular from now on! We are hoping to have the house painted in a few weeks and that transformation is going to be HUGE! I can’t wait for you to see!

What do you think of our plans? Ask any and all questions! I would love to hear all of your thoughts! Do you think we’re crazy? Do you think I’m making the wrong choice with the ceilings? lol. Let me know!

Not sure what style I’m going to transform the house into?! These spaces will give you an idea:

MODERN BATHROOM

DREAM CLOSET

MODERN BEDROOM

24 thoughts on “Welcome to Green Acres: Our New Barn House

  1. I just discovered your blog while perusing the bloggers in the Amara Interior Blog Awards category Best DIY and Home Blog. I will now be a faithful follower. ;) I can TOTALLY see the potential in your new home. The whole barn look will coordinate beautifully with your industrial/modern style. I look forward to watching your DIY/design journey.

  2. This house has huge potential! Lots of space and light. Painting the pine will definitely lighten it up even more It looks nice in. Can’t wait to follow the progress!. Best wishes!

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