Tour inside this beautiful rustic entertainment barn in Greenwich, Connecticut


Douglas VanderHorn Architects is responsible for the design of this rustic entertainment barn located on an estate in Greenwich, Connecticut. The circa 1860’s barn was transported from a farm just outside of Albany, New York and reimagined into an entertaining space and guest quarters using the original timber framework.

The architects also used the remaining timber for the exterior siding and trim work, interior flooring, walls and ceiling boards. Details from the exterior of the original barn inspired the new design, this includes the doors and windows, a chimney, cupola and conservatory. The barn provides 3,100 square feet of living space with a guest bedroom and one-and-a-half bathrooms.

Need To Know: The architects worked with Heritage Restorations to find this barn, a company that scouts out dilapidated barns for rehabilitation and reuse. 


What We Love: This rustic entertainment barn offers a wonderful dream of restoring an old barn into a beautiful place to host guests. We are marveling at the surrounding landscape and emphasis on the outdoors with the large windows, conservatory and pergola for dining al fresco. This is truly a warm and inviting home to accommodate overnight guests who may wish to never leave!

Tell Us: Would this rustic barn conversion be your idea of a dream home? Let us know your thoughts in the Comments below!

Note: Have a look at a couple of other fabulous home tours that we have featured here on One Kindesign with a similar theme: Take a peek inside this gorgeous entertainment barn in Tennessee and Charming farmhouse and entertainment barn nestled lakeside in Minnesota.


Above: The snow guards on the metal roof are the Berger snow guards, model #SG-1. The roof is lead-coated copper. The siding has a clear preservative by Cabot’s.


Above: The barn structure is 51’ x 43’, the conservatory on the back is 22’ x 21’ , and the pergola adds 17’ of depth.


Above: The flooring is reclaimed, but not from the same barn. Its 1-1/2” thick, and laid directly on the barn beams. The wall color is Weston Flax HC-5 | Benjamin Moore.


The barn’s spacious interior allowed for a great room whose open layout offers plenty of space for sitting and dining areas. A grand floor-to-ceiling fireplace anchors the space, along with large arch top windows on either side. Additional windows and a cupola helps to flood the interiors with natural light and are appropriately scaled and detailed to complement the barn aesthetic.


Above: On the other end of the great room is an open concept kitchen, which includes a custom designed wet bar composed of reclaimed wormy chestnut. There is a balcony above that encompasses a guest sleeping loft. Below the loft and just off the kitchen you will find storage areas and a bathroom.


Above: The custom built-in cabinet was designed to appear like a hutch, yet functions as a wet bar. A refrigerator is concealed in the bottom.


Above: The rustic theme of this barn conversion is carried through into the basement wine cellar, which is outfitted with antique timber for the shelving and ceiling beams.


Above: This rustic entertainment barn includes an attached conservatory, presenting a contrasting counterpoint to the great room. This space provides a sense of intimacy, featuring a glazed framework that bathes the room with natural light while inviting views of the garden landscape inside. The flooring is New York bluestone in extra-large custom pieces.


Above: The conservatory was supplied by Parish Conservatories. This wonderful space can be enjoyed throughout the seasons, as it has both air conditioning and heat along with a radiant floor.


Above: A kitchen garden provides seasonal produce, while beautifully complimenting the owner’s original early 1800’s colonial home that can be seen just over the wall. The shed is made by Hillbrook collection garden sheds.


Above: A pergola covered dining terrace is comfortably nestled between the barn and the brick wall of the vegetable and herb garden.


Barn Insulation Details: Structural insulating panels provides a complete wall system on the outside of the timber framework. The interior walls are finished in stucco, with board and batten siding on the exterior. For the roof, interior ceiling boards serve as roof sheathing, were placed atop the timbers before applying the insulating panels and standing seam metal roof.

Special attention had to be paid to the eave detail. Here, the architects had to resolve between the thicker panels required at the roof with the thinner eave desired to reflect the original barn detail. Thinner insulating panels were therefore used at the eaves along with salvaged exposed rafter tails and sheathing boards. The heating source is a conventional gas-fired boiler connected to a hydro-air system.



Photos: Woodruff Brown Photography

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