Old barn transformed into ultimate entertaining pad in Upstate New York


An old barn has been renovated into a comfortable and spacious entertaining and guest quarters by Daniel Contelmo Architects, located in Salt Point, New York. The existing barn on the property had major structural damage, but when it came time to improve the structure, a new plan for its existence came into motion. It became more than just a barn, but a facility to house comfortable living spaces for both guests and homeowners to enjoy.

The exterior facade of this 100 year old structure consists of board and batten wood siding. While a seamed metal roof helps to accentuate the barn style aesthetic. Center gables on either side of the roof features brand new cedar siding with brackets to enhance their significance. The architects added a two story addition onto the main frame, more than doubling the size of what was originally on the site. Part of the ground level is used to shelter vehicles.


The first level addition includes a fully functional kitchen and a bathroom, which caters to the pool area. There is also an incredible home gymnasium. On the second story of the barn you will find an updated bathroom and dual bunkbeds. With the addition, a sliding barn door separates the old from the new. Here you will find a home theater area, bar area, and a central games room. A unique, not to mention fun, part of this space is the pool table, crafted out of an old Camaro.


Interesting Fact: According to the architects, “this renovated barn won the 2016 Platinum “American Living” award from the National Builders Association. It also got a Master Design award from Qualified Remodeler in 2015. It’s kids space won the “Kidtastic” category in the HGTV online design contest in 2015.”


Above: A steel fencing on top of a stone perimeter around the back of the barn provides a backdrop for a half basketball court.


What We Love: This old barn has been transformed into an incredible home for entertaining and relaxing, fun for the whole family. A multi-purpose space, the family can use this facility for exercise and to enjoy for themselves or to invite overnight guests for additional enjoyment. We love the use of reclaimed materials throughout this old barn home and the beautiful design features throughout. A beautifully design space to create lasting memories in.

Readers, what are your thoughts, would you get use out of having this transformed barn on your property?


Above: The entertainment area is located on the upper level at the back of the barn. The rich wood flooring is reclaimed skipped planed antique chestnut.


Above: The bar counter provides a clear separation of the game room from the media room.


Above: A cozy seating area around the fireplace offers ample room for guests to get comfortable and watch a movie.


Above: The kitchen island offers plenty of bar chairs to get comfortable. It also separates the kitchen from the game room.


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Above: A spacious playroom houses six built-in bunk beds and tons of space for playing games.


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Above: A cozy window seat sits in front of a dormer window. The playroom offers both games and entertainment space. Most of the wood that is used for finishes is reclaimed from the original barn. Old beams were removed, re-finished and then installed back into the barn.


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Above: The window seat plays double duty as extra seating and a custom pull out trundle bed when additional sleeping space is needed at night.




Above: A view of the top bunk beds, which are two twin beds.


Above: The bottom bunk beds are full size, with clothing storage to the left. The ceiling is comprised of bead board.


Above: The sliding barn doors, when opened, slide behind the bunk beds. The framing and rails of the bunk are comprised of antique barn beams. The children love to use this space for weekend sleepovers with friends!


Above: To the left of the bunkroom is a full bathroom and laundry room.


Above: A cozy guest room next to the bunkroom offers complete privacy with the sliding barn doors.


Above: Also in the guest room is this small office area.


Above: Located on the lower level is this cozy rustic bathroom, which is accessed from the pool area as well as the indoor gym.


Photos: Courtesy of Daniel Contelmo Architects

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