Monday, February 21, 2011

The Shed..

Hello everyone! Just popping in to share this wonderful 'barn conversion' that was designed and built by Seattle based  'Shed'. The philosophy behind this multi-faceted company is truly holistic with a strong focus on balancing the pragmatic, sustainable, aesthetic, and emotional aspects of any given building or space. When they launched in 1988 their motto was 'We design things and we make them', and over the years they have worked across a wide range of disciplines and projects including industrial design, furniture, architecture, engineering and interior design. 

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The brief for this particular project was to rework the barn into a unique living space, within the framework of the original building envelope. Having once worked on a 'church conversion' in my early days as a freelance interior designer in Sweden (80s) I know just how challenging (and exciting) this is. It requires an in-depth understanding of the structural building, it's soul, it's setting and of course the practical and emotional needs & wants of the Client.

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In order to get a real and true feel for the place the 'Shed team 'often lived on-site for extended periods of time. This allowed them to get a good grasp of the flow of the landscape surrounding the building, the impact of the seasons and the natural light. These insights lead to a number of substantial refinements of the original plans which resulted in unexpected design opportunities that otherwise may have been missed.

barn transformation Freshome11 Inspiring Transformation: Old Barn Turned into Fantastic Living Space

barn transformation Freshome12 Inspiring Transformation: Old Barn Turned into Fantastic Living Space

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A strong emphasis was also placed on re-using and salvaging materials from the original structure. Cedar siding was used for wall cladding, wooden beams re-worked to form flooring, benches & counter tops, and old piping fixtures recycled and refitted. In fact, the whole approach to the project aimed to ensure the original features of the barn were retained and that materials used allowed the true & real age to be visible.

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Don't you just love that they have added the windows in context of where you will be sitting / soaking? I think the bathroom window is lovely and how it has been configured to allow you to look at the view without exposing yourself to public viewing.

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xx Charlotta


Glamour Drops said...

What an extraordinary building! Especially in love with those wonderful barn doors ~ oh truly magical! Lots of thoughtful details ~ but they lived on site? Must have been a big budget and long time frame.
A lovely study of re~using materials in an imaginative way.

Kelly Frances Dunn said...

I have got to have that long bookcase! The stained concrete floors are beautiful. The lack of window treatments is so liberating and refreshing, much like the country air you can almost smell. Beautiful tour Charlotta! XOXO

Desiree said...

I am in LOVE. I absolutely adore 'barn themed' homes.... thanks so much for some inspiration and for posting the beautiful photos! ahhh, i just absolutely love it!

Tuuli - Lumo Lifestyle said...

What a gorgeous place! Love the airiness; high ceilings and big windows.

tinajo said...

Looks really interesting and nice, thanks for sharing! :-)

Tina said...

Hi sweet Charlotta!
Hope you are doing fine this first day of the week!?
This is such a beautiful place. Loved to hear that the team lived on set to get a total grip! That´s probably quite important and truly enables a stunning result like this!
All my love!!!

Casa Très Chic said...

Hi, Charlotta!
This barn conversion is fantastic, love all SHED projects, they are so creative and simple at the same time.
Gorgeous post, good work.
Thank you for your always lovely comments on our blog and we can't wait to see our awards, thank you for that too.

jeanette from everton terrace said...

Fabulous space, the thought that went into it is so evident. I really like the rustic chicness of it. The flooring and raw wood throughout make my heart sing.

A Perfect Gray said...

charlotta! I'm saving all of these. I could so live in this place RIGHT NOW!


Beadboard UpCountry said...

It shows the way they ridid this, I love the way they took advantage of the bathroom space nd put in the window. Also love the fact that even though a lot of the wassl are dark wood, light is all over the place. Maryanne ;)

Alena: Oh, Its Just Perfect! said...

So beautiful. I especially love the bathroom nook with the tub.

Greet Lefèvre said...

Hi Charlotta,
This is beautiful beautiful!! Oh I do love these barns! So cosy!
Great post! Thank you for sharing!

LiveLikeYou said...

Hej Charlotta, so beautiful. It's amazing how natural materials feel good for the so many ways.

Anne said...

Hi Charlotta,

I love your tag line here-- great house. Indeed it is! My thoughts these days are of building a new house. Some of the elements on my inspiration board are found in this wonderful home. Thanks for sharing it with us! I hope you are well and happy.



Ana Carla said...

Hi Charlotta
I love wood, amazing house.
Your blog it's great, a love it.
I'm following you. Thanks for visit my space :)
Happy week!

Danielle Sigwalt Interiors said...

Yes, yes, yes please to it all!!! Love it and boy would I love it if it was mine! So happy to have stumbled upon your blog!

shopgirl said...

WOW! This tour was amazing Charlotta! You always write just amazingly detailed posts! Love that about you and your blog.

Hope you had a wonderful weekend sweetie!


Lana {lanalou style} said...

Amazing house! So many details that I absolutely love, especially the bookcase under the kitchen counter!xx

Unknown said...

Wow! I love love the barn doors. So cute. It's a beautiful modern barn home...stunning.

María Pérez Design said...

I am charmed with this place. Peace and nature is breathed in.
I follow you

SnOOp said...

That door is AMAZE!

Splenderosa said...

The Pacific Northwest is the perfect place for this type of structure and this kind of living.
Lovely. xx's

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