This is Christine’s 16 x 32 lofted barn in Leesburg, Alabama and here’s her story:
Three years ago with the kids grown I decided to quit my job of 20 years as a medical assistant and join my owner operator husband on the road full time. We found a piece of land on Weiss lake with a camper on it and talked about downsizing.
We looked at many options including log cabin builders, Amish built cabins, park models and even moving an old cabin or cottage. Our goal was to be as thrifty as possible without being cheap. This would be done with extra cash and time with an end result of being mortgage free.
We found a company who sells lofted barn storage buildings on 16 centers with ventilated roof system and heat wrap. They were willing to raise the walls in the loft for standing room and stick build the shell on our property. We ordered without windows and purchased Pella windows.
We were not looking to go off grid and wanted to build to code even though in the county there are virtually no restrictions. My husband and his carpenter buddy did most of the work. We contracted hanging the knotty pine and the electrical to a licensed professional.
We were moving along but slowly. Looking back on the pictures I recall thinking “this is never getting done” LOL. Then we got a cash offer on our house so we sold, took the equity and finished in 3 months. We finally moved in the middle of March. We still have some small things to do like a sliding barn door for the bathroom (currently a curtain) and a mini split system, but am enjoying my cabin by the lake.
Enjoy the picture tour and get some more details below!
Christine’s 16 x 32 Lofted Barn in AL: Her Story
I love the idea of a large covered front porch.
Kitchen with solid cabinets and full-sized appliances.
Awesome living room with space for a cozy “fire” by the TV.
Look at the great lofted ceilings! They really add to the space.
Nice under-the-stairs pantry area for your dry goods.
Round tables with drop down leaves are great for small spaces.
Master bedroom below and loft guest room above.
Super safe staircase with plenty of railings.
Twin beds and head room up in the loft for guests.
Sliding glass doors let the light in from the porch.
Close-up of the wooden counter tops. Gorgeous!
Inside the spacious downstairs bedroom (two beds!)
Closet, pine ceiling, white beadboard walls — great!
Oh I’m a huge fan of what they did with the walls here!
Life on the lake. Now isn’t that amazing 🙂
Clever way to dress up concrete! Great, great idea.
- 1920’s dry sink found at antique store $65
- Claw foot tub $140
- Storage under stairs
- Utility room for full washer/dryer hot water tank
- Closet in downstairs bedroom
- Kitchen counter we made using cement board and cabinet grade plywood
- Loft for guests
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