An Antique Man Cave Barn Transforms Into a Modern Home

You'll want to take a closer look at the Man Barn located in Pleasant Valley, New York a stunning home that has been transformed from a former barn into a modern design. Shortly after breaking ground to build another architect’s plan, the owners of this 100-year old barn stumbled upon the designs of Daniel Contelmo Architects. Once they saw the firm’s work, especially the design of another award-winning barn, they knew they needed to switch gears. While the previously-hired contracting firm was racing to put walls up before winter weather set in, the team at Daniel Contelmo Architects was redesigning the barn home design’s interior spaces.

The original barn floor was re-structured and received a new roof and a dormer that provided some much-needed light. The team located the sleeping space in the original barn, using sliding barn doors to separate it from the bar, kitchen, pool table, and TV space in the addition. The roof lanthorn was remodeled to let in more light directly over the 4-person custom bunk beds. In the dormer, a window seat that doubles as a bed were installed with a trundle below. The existing upper level now contains a bathroom, closet, and office, while the first floor boasts an elaborate home gym and another kitchen and bath. On the lower level, you'll find the garage area that houses five cars and features hand-hewn beams and posts for a carriage house feel.

The exterior of the modern barn was also redesigned to create a more significant gable end facing the house. Stone veneer was added to the base of the building and board and batten siding and a standing seam roof continue the traditional barn exterior. A rear balcony off the upper level was added for scale and overlooks the outdoor basketball court.

Some of the details you will find in this beautifully finished barn-style home include the stone veneer that was added to the base of the building and board and batten siding and a standing seam roof to continue the traditional barn exterior. There is also a rear balcony off the upper level that was added for scale and overlooks the outdoor basketball court. There is an air hockey table and a pool table set in front of a Z28 Camaro. Everywhere you look there are wooden details from the floor to mantle, wood beams to ceilings. You will also find the use of barn doors both inside and out.

Other details include the rustic barn flooring, black table and chairs, and aged barn wood on the walls. The bar counter has a live edge with a honed top. There is an antique wood mantle on the stone fireplace. Leather sofas and plaid chairs, light fixtures over the bar, and the fixture is made up of pulleys with the chords hanging. Bunk beds for lots of kids to hang out, along with a built-in bed with trundle bed. The kitchen has concrete countertops, along with a large kitchen island with plenty of seating for entertaining and guests.


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