Take a Peek Inside This Stunning, Fully-Stocked Party Barn
Have you ever dreamed of turning your outdoor storage building into a luxurious private getaway? One suburban family made this dream a reality when they commissioned architectural designer and certified remodeler, Kevin Transue of CHC Creative Remodeling, to transform their 3,200-square-foot equipment barn into a fully functional entertainment and leisure space. The result? An unbelievably stunning party barn featuring a 24-foot, LED-lit wet bar, fully-stocked liquor shelves, catering kitchen, oversized fireplace, 84-inch TV, 1,200-square-foot patio and much more.
An NARI-certified remodeler and passionate craftsman, the Kansas City-based designer oversaw the barn's design from conception to construction. The gorgeous final product was not only a hit with his clients but also caught the attention of HGTV fans, who voted the barn the winner of HGTV's Fresh Faces of Design "Design With a Passion" category.
Located on 15 acres of land in the middle of a suburban neighborhood, the barn was originally used as a makeshift indoor basketball court and miscellaneous storage unit. "We started with a huge, uninhabitable equipment storage barn and turned it into the go-to place for all family events," says Kevin. "[It's] a barn on the outside, a party on the inside with everything — and I do mean everything — that they need to make it a success."
Kevin added a modern metal wrap-around awning to the exterior to provide protection from inclement weather and give the structure much-needed curb appeal.
A few feet away, a 2,200-square-foot, multi-tiered patio offers ample outdoor seating, an integrated sound system and a cozy fire pit for year-round outdoor entertaining.
Inside, Kevin faced the challenge of creating a cozy, inviting atmosphere out of a drafty, 3,200-square-foot room. "[The barn] has a ceiling constructed of 40-foot steel bar joists, producing a completely open floor space with no visible support other than the 14-foot walls themselves," says Kevin. "As a basketball court, that's great. But in a living space? That's just too open." So, he installed wood columns in each corner of the room and behind the bar to add charm and give the illusion of a smaller, more intimate space.
Kevin was able to focus his energies on the fine details of the barn's modern-rustic design, cutting no corners when it came to choosing materials and technology. The 24-foot bar, clad in a single slab of live-edge black walnut wood, is accented by custom cabinets made from reclaimed barn wood. A gorgeous, oversized natural stone fireplace makes a bold statement in the adjacent sitting area and boasts an 84-inch TV, perfect for game days or movie nights.
Three 150-pound antique iron and bronze chandeliers, which can be raised and lowered by built-in chandelier lifts, provide gorgeous soft lighting throughout the warm, rustic space while color-changing LED strips add pops of fun color under the counter and behind the bar.
Kevin's favorite feature is "the dual staircase, serving as a backdrop to the bar and ceiling to the kitchen, climbing 26 treads and landings from two separate starts. Not only is it cool, it was a huge challenge to pull off!"
This gorgeous party barn is a true testament to Kevin's skill and passion for design. "Passion is a great motivator," he says. "If you're truly passionate, you're recognizing ideas, concepts and examples in everything you experience. Trust yourself and let your passion be your guide."