A Beautiful Barn Home on a 70-acre Ranch Property

You'll want to take a closer look inside this barn and cabin design located at the Last Chance Ranch in Woody Creek, Colorado. This is a sister property to the Redstone Ranch and includes a private residence that overlooks the ranch property with a pond and water features, a barn, and agricultural outbuildings. Michael Fuller Architects took the lead on this Colorado multi-family ranch project in Woody Creek, just outside of Aspen, Colorado. Last Chance Ranch and Redstone Barn were both designed by Michael Fuller Architects combined to create a ranch compound and retreat for the owner’s extended family and guests. The 70-acre ranch property is comprised of the main house, equipment storage, outbuildings, and a barn/garage that houses an antique fire engine. The main house looks like a ranch house with individual cabins added over time. The cabins are bedrooms/bathrooms and are connected by an enclosed porch.

The Last Chance Ranch main house employs rustic, reclaimed wood siding and timbers, rusted corrugated roof, and siding. The interior is more modern-rustic with modern timber trusses, a stone wood burning fireplace, hand-hewn oak floors, tongue and groove wood ceilings, and natural, waxed, plaster walls. The kitchen integrates granite countertops, knotty alder cabinets, a Wolf gas range, a Sub Zero refrigerator, a hand-hammered copper sink, and Colorado buff flagstone floors. A unique find that was integrated into the ranch is an old hand-painted Motor Oil advertising sign from the side of a barn in Iowa. Boards were hand gathered from Iowa and re-installed as the siding of the enclosed porch. Outside a stream trickles through the backyard with views of imposing Redstone cliffs. The historic artifacts reclaimed materials, and touches of modern materials make this a complete compound for the owners and their guests.

Reclaimed lumber is wood that has a past life which is then used for a new building purpose. Maybe the wood was originally an old barn or storage crate that has been milled into reclaimed hardwood flooring, though this timber can even be used to create reclaimed engineered wood floors. Reclaimed has several benefits to its use. The following are some of the benefits of using reclaimed wood.

Environmentally Friendly. When you use reclaimed timber, you decrease the demand for newly sourced lumber, which helps to curb deforestation. If the wood is harvested responsibly, reclaimed wood is a renewable resource that reduces landfill waste as well as the use of environmental hazards to manufacture any new products.

Multiple Uses. You can use reclaimed wood for a variety of uses. You can use this lumber to make reclaimed tables, hardwood flooring, beams, countertops, decks, wall paneling, cabinets, shelves, and anything else you can make with lumber.

Quality and Strength. Reclaimed wood is up to 40 points harder on the Janka hardness scale than virgin wood because the lumber often comes from old-growth trees instead of first-generation forests.

Looks. Because reclaimed wood is aged and weathered, it has a unique look that is hard to find in new building materials.


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