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Sunday, November 1, 2009

Metamorphosis Monday - The Big Barn

In 2005 we remodeled the exterior of our big barn. Although the barn was built in 1982, it had not been stained since it was built, doors were falling off the hinges and most of the windows would not open or close. And the siding on the west side of the barn had been nibbled on by horses and was similar to Swiss cheese!

And so we got to it, first replacing the roof and adding new cupolas. When the guys came out to install the cupolas I was a bit nervous seeing them so nonchalantly walking the roof. But they of course shrugged it off as if it was nothing.

Michelle Safirstein 001

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The company I ordered the cupolas from is Annapolis Weathervane and Cupolas which is a wonderful company with excellent customer service. Wish I could have spent more money with them.

They asked for some pictures of our cupola installation and you can see some of our installation pictures here and several other wonderful barns as well.

Then we replaced the yucky, peeling tan cedar siding which was badly weathered and partially eaten with new, red cement siding. Jury is still out on the cement siding and I don't think we made a good decision but time will tell.

We also replaced the windows and had custom-made sliding doors installed.

Here's the barn with new roof and cupolas but still with the old siding, windows and doors. Isn't it boring looking with no personality at all.


And here's a our old new barn! I always wanted a red barn and now I've got it! Now this barn has a story to tell and it dominates about 30 acres of land and you can see the color for at least a mile if not more.

Safirstein Barn 1



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Paula said...

That is one beautiful barn. I love a red barn.

Shirley said...

Your barn is beautiful and I'm so jealous!! (Shame on me). Now you need some horses!!!!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh my, your barn is just gorgeous. I use to dream that I would find a wonderful barn like yours and turn it into my home. Love the cupalo's. Hugs, Marty

Terry said...

No need to tell you how great it is. Thanks for showing us. I can no longer watch workers on the roof.

Deanna said...


Its So Very Cheri said...

I love the red barn--can I move in? That is so darling.

I must follow you and hope you will come by for a visit and follow as well -it would tickle me pink.


hummer said...

Wow what a metamorphosis. When I dropped by I wasn't expecting that.
The red barn is so beautiful. Are the pictures on the side recent snow? Great post.

Maureen said...

Absolutely fabulous!

Kat said...

WOW! What a difference. Lots of work, I know, but well worth it!

Martha said...

What a great barn! Of course, I love red barns!

Janie's World said...

Wow, very striking! I love how a coat of paint can do so much. The copulas are beautiful.

Maryann @ Domestically-Speaking said...

It looks picture perfect!

Michelle@Sweet Something said...

I LOVE THIS! How great does that look! Terrific transformation-and the pictures are great-it looks like you have wonderful property!

Cindy said... gorgeous. What a change, you've now got a beautiful showpiece of a barn (and being from Indiana, I see my fair share...yours is dreamy!)

Tammy of Yarborough House said...

I so want a big red barn too. But my city lot wont accomodate it at all. Maybe some day we can move to the country.


Rita Kent at TesoroFino.Com said...

I clicked on your "Follow" button even before I could post a comment. The transformation is nite and day. And those additions on the roof top are just gorgeous. You are truly blessed to own this lovely home and barn. Please visit and if you like what you see, the click on "Follow" so we can share & inspire one another.

Kammy said...

How awesome is that ! It makes my heart swoon ! Our barn is open on one side, so I don't think it would look as great as yours ! I do love the country living !

Kim @ Starshine Chic said...

I love,love, love your barn!!! I would love to live in the country with a red barn. You are very lucky.

Judi said...

Hi Michelle
Your barn is lovely. I like the copula and the great transformation it looks great in red. I've not been to your blog before but I will come back and read more. Lovely pictures.
I'm going to link to your site so I can follow. Come by and visit when you have some time...

Cheryl B. said...

Michelle, as you already know, I am absolutely in love with your house. Now you've added the barn to it. I might swoon o;-p

You've previously written about living in MI, and listed names of places oh so familiar to me. I grew up in and we still live in GR. Even attended a christian college here. My husband is from a town just north of K-zoo.

Our eldest son attended college in Illinois, where he met a girl and now lives with her as his wife ;-} They live in LaGrange Park.

See, it's not only our tastes in houses and barns we have in common, but also our stomping grounds :-} Oh, and our love of baking delicious desserts, and ....

Without blogging, I would have never met you. Glad I did :-}

p.s. - I found the lens to my glasses :-D Plan on posting about it tomarrow. How's your pearl earring doing?

nannykim/spindlecottage said...

Really beautiful!