the little barn : plans

Exterior copyNow that we are ready to begin building, I wanted to share our plans of The Little Barn. Everyone has been so kind and so supportive with our house hunting. This journey has been 6 months in the making, and during the times when I felt as if we were never going to find anything that was right for us, I would get a message from somebody telling me about their own adventures and how admitting defeat is not an option. It was exactly what I needed to hear, and I am thankful for my amazing family, friends, and readers for giving me the motivation to keep on searching. I know that this will not be our last home, but I hope that it turns out to be ours for a long time.

exterior inspiration 5exterior inspiration 11.jpgPinterest is something that I really need to sign up for. Do any of you guys have it? In the meantime, I continue to grab ideas for our new home from cabin books, various websites, Instagram, and random pictures that our contractor sends or gives to us. The exterior of TLB was drawn up by Geoffrey and I after we combined a bunch of exteriors that we liked into one that we loved.

2.jpgWe love one and a half storey homes, wanted few windows, lots of doors, and for it to look older rather than newer. Our plans are to use reclaimed barn wood for our siding, authentic barn doors for our front doors (as seen above), a metal roof, and to have either a deck or patio flanking the entire side of TLB.

main flrmudroomThe main floor will have an open concept living room, kitchen, and dining room. The bathroom will be located in the middle of our house, while the mudroom and guest bedroom will be in the back. The mudroom will also serve as a laundry room and dog room, so I want it to be very big and to have a wood ceiling, walls, and floor (like in this photo above). The bedroom will have its own set of doors that lead outside so that our guests can feel comfortable to go in and out whenever they please.

kitchentable3.jpg4.jpgI want our kitchen to look very farmhouse vintage, like the kitchen found in the Molly Brown House Museum in Denver, Colorado or the prairie kitchen in the Western Development Museum in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. I want old-looking appliances with only a few rustic cupboards. I also plan to buy antique and industrial lighting. I want it to be open and sparse. We are hoping to have our contractor build us bench seating and to purchase a large antique kitchen table. Our shelving will of course be made up of crates.

photo 1Here is a photo of the bathroom that our contractor would like to build. With another claw foot tub and antique sink, are sold on it.

loftOur master bedroom will be located in the upstairs loft, just like in Little Green. We have plans to make the beams exposed (in the above photo), and to make the ceiling, walls, and floor wood. 

Screen Shot 2014-05-09 at 9.56.09 PMI wanted to have the overall square footage around 600, but our contractor told me that he wouldn’t go less than 800. After we found and modified a house plan, the main floor ended up being just over 700 square feet, while the loft was over 300 square feet. That makes the total 1113 square feet. I am not getting my original dream of a tiny house, but I am getting a happier husband and a pretty lovely home in the end.

What do you think of our plans thus far?



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  1. Emory, I love your blog The Little Barn. That was always our dream, but we bought the old house instead. Good luck with the construction! Check out for some great ideas! It was my bible during construction. Can’t wait to see the progress!

  2. joyfill

     /  07/04/2014

    Looks like an awesome home. It will be so cozy in the winter with all of the wood! Are you going to get an Aga stove, I think that one would look great with in your design plans. Here is a link :

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  4. Looks inviting and fun. Enjoy the process! Love that comment from your mom. She seems like an incredibly supportive mother, not just excited about her own room to visit :-)

  5. Geo's mom

     /  07/02/2014

    The plans of the Little Barn look very inviting and homey. You both did a good job putting thought into this project. Speaking from experience, when it is time to move in, I’m sure you will be happy with the extra space. Can’t wait to see it completed.

  6. Joanne S

     /  07/02/2014

    Congratulations on finding your tlb plans! Love the open concept and porch deck. It’ll be exciting to read about the progress ~ Joanne

  7. Mum

     /  07/02/2014

    Well I don’t care that your husband will be happier with more footage but I am glad I will have my own room when I come to visit. As always Em you are my creative child. Excellent choices. Keep it simple stupid! KISS. You are in every corner of the. We design. Artsy. Understated. Original. Solid. Like my daughter. It will be fun to observe the process. However, we are sharing one contractor so I imagine we will be pushing him. Thor Innovations. Scott. Simply the best. And my best to you! Make the process fun.

  8. G

     /  07/02/2014

    sorry my drawings look like poop. Lol. You should get someone with some talent to draw for you :P

  9. Tracy

     /  07/02/2014

    If this is not your forever home PLEASE LET ME KNOW WHEN YOU ARE SELLING IT!! 😜 And girlfriend, get on Pinterest!!!! ( mind blown)

  10. I am so incredibly excited by all this. It looks like it is going to be the most amazing home on the planet!

  • Welcome, friends! My name is Emory. I am a wife, mother of two (one earthside and one with the angels), and an animal rescuer. This is our life on the Canadian prairies.

  • Man, did Remy and I have a standoff this morning. All because she didn’t want to wear socks with her boots. She threw a massive tantrum, and I yelled at her. Afterwards, we went for our walk and everything was back to normal. That is, aside from her puffy eyes and tear-stained face. My poor girl. Parenting can be so hard sometimes. Thank goodness for children being so resilient. 
That disaster behind me is nearly gone. We’re currently installing the last of our kitchen shelves, and our new sink arrived this morning. I’m excited to have a less cluttered spare room!
Have a wonderful week, everyone. This room has not yet been touched by us. It is our master bedroom. Everything about it (aside from our furniture) is exactly the same as when we purchased our home. I think that if we do list in the near future, it will be the only room in our house that we did not renovate. Part of me wants to stay just to finish it. A small part.
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