Rustic Barn to House Renovation

Barnhouse Renovation

Barnhouse Renovation

This Blog is about my hobby project converting a deer-infested century old timber-frame hay barn in southern Ontario (near Markdale, south of Owen Sound) into a warm and inviting home for my family to live in and friends to visit. This project had limitations tested the limits of our endurance and ingenuity. Several custom tools and processes had to be designed from the materials available to us on our very limited budget and experience. I hope you enjoy reading about our little adventure and what it took to get it as far as we have.

Pet Deer Close-Up

My Pet Deer Close-Up

The Dream of a productive hunting property

I think I have always loved old timber frame barns. The previous owner grew up on a farm in upstate New York and my favorite thing to do was play in the hay and swing from the rope tied to one of the beams. My cousins and I would spend countless hours running through the huge old barns and all their rooms having all sorts of great adventures. So I guess you could say I was brought up in a barn. Although I doubt I ever imagined actually living in one.
The June 1993 issue of Architectural Digest had a piece about a beautiful barn to house conversion. I loved the idea of living in such an expansive and beautiful space. The beauty of the exposed timbers, hand hewn from the ancient old growth forests really appealed to me. I liked the quality and the solid “feel” of the timbers; it brought back those memories of my grandfather’s farm and his huge old barn.
I had started reading and doing as much research on timber-framing and new timber-frame construction. I started looking at lots with old barns on them to see if I could find a salvageable frame to rebuild on a lot close to where I wanted to live. I would have to do most of the work myself. I couldn’t afford to hire a contractor to do it. I had one young son and was not making a lot of money at the time.
As luck would have it, there was a group of barns available, the elderly lady wanted to get rid of them before the town made her tear them down. So for a bargain I was able to buy the barn you see above and the one-acre lot they were located on. Everyone thought I was nuts, they drove by and said “they don’t need work, they need a match”. I saw something different;

I have renovated the old barn roofs with new red-colored metal roofings and new rain-troughs.  The private property is 20 acres located next to huge county forests which harbor large deers herd. My trail camera also captured Turkeys, partridges, coyotes and deers.

My Personal recommendations and reviews:

My most charming and professional Real Estate Agent is Tricia Boynton at 519-477- 1295. Tricia has helped me lots to afford this deer-infested barnhouse property.

My most dedicated property manager in Markdale area is Peter Mcillwraith at 519 270 6565.

My most professional propane heating installer in Owen Sound area is Eric Crose at 519-379-8121.

My most cost-effective Mnenonite (troughing) metal-roofer is Calvin Martins at 226 749 2850.Please note that Calvin did not cleanup the mess after the good job has been completed so that you need to budget more to cleanup and remove the mess yourself.

Annual Guided Hunting Lease available in this deer-infested property, please email

NB: Since the costs of the big old barnhouse restoration are significant, I need to rely on your donations to continue the barnhouse restoration project. Please kindly donate so that I can continue the barnhouse restoration project and post more pictures of the barnhouse restoration in this blog. Many Thanks!!!

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