Since thebarnjournal.org was established in 1996 this editor has received
dozens of inquiries from individuals intent on converting unused and often
deteriorating barns to a residence. I’ve tried to be helpful by citing books that have varying amounts of pages
devoted to this adaptive use, but had never found a single volume that
satisfactorily covered the subject.
I should mention that thebarnjournal.org only accepts the
idea of adaptive use if otherwise the barn is likely to be totally lost and
only if the altered structure’s identity survives as that of a barn.
Originally published in the
1970s, Living Barns is a newly
revised hardcover edition of 191 pages entirely devoted to adaptive restoration
of period barns into homes. Its pages
encompass dozens of examples coupled with literally hundreds of color photos
showing the “before and after” and frequently diagrams of room layout. Having once considered such an adaptive
project, I can imagine how useful Living
Barns is as an inspiration and
reference for those embarking on such a demanding project. Living
Barns is well worth the price for those contemplating adaptive use themselves
or those committed to barn preservation and seeking ways to save this notable
Living Barns was released in 2006 by Schiffer Publishing Ltd, Atglen, PA 19310; phone
610.593.1777. Please contact www.schifferbooks.com or email@example.com for purchase information.
Edited by Charles Leik, July 2006.