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840 Sq. Ft. Barn to Cabin Conversion

See how Kevin Durkin and his team, Heritage Restorations, rebuilt and converted this old rustic barn from the 1800s and turned it into the rustic and reclaimed 840 sq. ft. cabin that it is today.


When you walk inside you’ll immediately get to enjoy the look and feel of the exposed beams, large open space, classic furnishings, and the cozy loft space upstairs. Salvaged materials used to rebuild the cabin include the classic sliding barn door, the wood roof decking, and more.

Please enjoy this 840 sq. ft. barn cabin and if you’d like to please help us spread the word by re-sharing it below. How’d you like living simply in a small cabin like this? Let us know in the comments. Thank you!

840 Sq. Ft. Barn to Cabin Conversion

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Learn more: http://www.heritagebarns.com/showcase/waterloo-vacation-barn-house

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  • Lynnette March 9, 2015, 2:25 pm

    Just lovely!

  • Terrie Williams March 9, 2015, 2:32 pm

    Love this place! I could live in it!

  • Holly March 9, 2015, 4:41 pm

    Absolutely beautiful! Very nicely done.

  • alice h March 9, 2015, 4:56 pm

    I can just picture huge family feasts and parties in there, complete with dancing and a bunch of little kids dashing around underfoot.

  • Bev March 9, 2015, 5:44 pm

    What a lovely home.

  • Cahow March 9, 2015, 5:46 pm

    Referring to the settings, only, there is a strong resemblance to the dairy barn and pond from my childhood. This is from their website: “Originally Built circa 1800s
    in Waterloo, NY
    Now Restored In McKinney,, TX”

    Currently, I’m too choked up over the flood of wonderful memories cycling through my mind to say much about the rehab, as I recall being my own version of Laura Ingalls in this setting. Suffice it to say: *clap-clap-clap*.

    I heartedly recommend visiting their main site as they have many other barns and out-buildings for sale with loads of information about each structure. Brilliant re-d0! <3

  • Sarah March 9, 2015, 6:44 pm

    Holy buckets!~ This is wonderful, so many neat ideas too like the license plates on the steps! I spy a pig with something on its back, need my glasses. WHOO WHOO. 110 stars out of 100.

  • lesa March 10, 2015, 12:39 pm

    This is utterly amazing!

  • Liz March 10, 2015, 3:24 pm

    I don’t know if this place could be any more awesome than it already is. Man, what a joint this is!!

  • Mike March 10, 2015, 3:42 pm

    The only thing I see missing is a potbelly stove or fireplace. Looks great.

  • Cindy March 10, 2015, 3:48 pm

    I love the flying pig on the rafter!

  • Barb March 10, 2015, 5:45 pm

    I love the look and the setting. But my very first thought, with how high the roof is, was “how are they heating this?” It’s hard for me to imagine how it could be energy efficient.

    • sue meub May 14, 2016, 12:23 pm

      me too! but I think
      if you can afford this beautiful project, you can hear it any old way you want !

    • Paul May 16, 2016, 8:10 am

      This is in McKinney, TX – just northeast of Dallas. I don’t think they need much heating 🙂 But the A/C, on the otherhand… I bet that lone mini-split in the bedroom works pretty hard around August/September, but it does have some drop ceiling fans to help out on the first floor.

  • GABRIELE NAPIER March 10, 2015, 6:15 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous! I would love to live there but it would have to be in an area were the climate does not call much for heating and air conditioning.
    Doesn’t look like there is any insulation in the ceiling and the sliding barn doors are also hard to insulate. This wonderful wide open space would turn into an ice cave in winter time.

  • Jean March 11, 2015, 12:49 am

    Love! Makes me want to move to Texas. 🙂

    • Paul May 16, 2016, 8:12 am

      I just bought an 830 sqft house about 2.5 hours southwest of this one 🙂 Not tiny like I’d like, but a step in the right direction – and it will get me out of northern Illinois! Good luck on your search.

  • Elle March 11, 2015, 12:56 am

    Gorgeous! This is something I’ve wanted to do all my life. Beautiful longhorn cattle too.

  • Terri H March 11, 2015, 1:55 am

    Very cool space, but I agree with above — it would be impossible to heat or cool, and it’s an event space… No kitchen, it seems? Toilet/bath?

    Still, a beautiful entertaining space…like the stairs, the giant rolling doors, and drop fan. Great for a spring wedding or family reunion! But I’m keen on homes and living environments.

    • Patricia Schneider May 14, 2016, 9:22 am

      Terri, there is one picture with a wash basin in it, which I assume is the bathroom sink and mirror and the door next to it says “Outhouse” on it, so I would also assume that’s the bathroom. You are right about the kitchen, though, none in sight.

  • Marcia Belvin March 11, 2015, 6:17 am

    Love it. It looks huge inside.

  • Rodger March 11, 2015, 9:07 am

    Very interesting …very creative …thanks for sharing Alex !

  • Kay March 11, 2015, 12:20 pm

    This is amazing and breathtaking inside. Hard to believe that so much is put inside this house after looking at the exterior. It’s so well done and in the type of decor I simply love.

    Thanks, Alex.

  • Doris March 11, 2015, 9:56 pm

    Love the exterior siding and the neat sink, but how is this 840 sq. ft??? What’s the footprint? It looks much larger.

  • Sandi B March 12, 2015, 12:00 am

    Terrific “remake” of a barn — lots of fun things around.

  • Maureen Allen March 22, 2015, 5:29 pm

    I am so THERE! Actually I wish this wonderful cabin were HERE!
    Clearly restored and converted with knowledge and respect, it’s one of a kind, a dream.

  • bEV March 22, 2015, 10:16 pm

    I want this cabin–would love to live in it!

  • Nancy May 14, 2015, 11:08 am

    I love your newsletter and look forward to seeing it every morning. And, although I would never question your integrity, are you suuuure this is 800 sq ft? I don’t see any possible way these interior pictures could have come from something that size, even with pretty tricky photography.

  • Merryl May 14, 2015, 1:36 pm

    Agree with alice n. I can see the extended family gatherings too, every possible chance. What a fun house! I can feel the love.

  • Delta May 14, 2015, 3:01 pm

    I’m “stealing” this idea

  • Dominick Bundy May 14, 2015, 3:22 pm

    WOW! I can’t imagine what it would cost to heat that place..Way too much open wasted space, that would have to be heated . Now I can understand the phrase.Like heating a barn came from..

  • Karen R May 14, 2015, 6:18 pm

    My antique quilts are packing themselves up to move . . .

  • Jane May 14, 2015, 10:21 pm

    I never saw a kitchen! How could one live there? So many tables and yet few windows so no, I don’t think I could live there but I wish them the best.

  • Jeremy May 14, 2016, 11:45 am

    Could have been unreal with the right finishing. Maybe they just tossed those couches in there for the first photo op and will replace them later.

  • Gigi May 14, 2016, 10:18 pm

    My first years on this earth were spent on my grandparents’ farm. The huge red barn had dairy cattle to the left, two huge areas for hay storage, and Angus steers on the right. I remember lying back in the hay and watching birds dart in and around the rafters. The darkness of early winter days provided peeks at a navy sky with twinkling stars. And then there was the sweet, clean scent of hay. When I look at this barn restoration, I am a little girl again!
    Kudos to the restorers!

  • carla May 21, 2016, 9:36 am

    May not be tiny but you can see the potential for reclamation. Tiny houses are as much about maximizing individuality and reclamation as anything else.

    Love the license plates on the stairs. Also the sliding barn door in the ad. 🙂

  • Marsha Cowan October 24, 2017, 4:21 pm

    This is so pretty and cozy and homey, even though it’s a big space. Love the arrangements of living, eating, lounging, and kitchen areas. The loft is amazing, and I like the beautiful table and lamp. Its nice to have a lovely spot away from the crowd to read or get some laptop work done. The bathroom is adorable. It’s just all so beautiful!

  • Arlene October 25, 2017, 3:33 pm

    My husband’s in trouble…..We have a barn built in 1850 just sitting …doing NOTHING….Hmmmmmm

  • Donna Stevens November 30, 2017, 4:56 pm

    It’s beautiful but all I can think of is ‘I have to heat or air condition that!;

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