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Amazing Barn Conversion

November 25, 2014
The Jordan family left the city and moved to the country with plans to turn a barn into their dream home. Designer Chip Wade creates a living space for the Jordans –– and their animals.
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Photo: Jessica McGowan/Getty Images ©. From: Elbow Room and Elbow Room.

This Is a Barn?

When the Jordans wanted to turn a working barn into a living space that would accommodate both themselves and their pets and horses, they had trouble finding a contractor willing to take on the project. As seen here, Elbow Room designer Chip Wade was able to make it happen and pull it off with panache.

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Photo: Bryan Meltz/ Getty Images ©. From: Elbow Room.

Barn Exterior

Wayne and Elizabeth Jordan's idea was to renovate this rustic barn where they kept their horses, turning a portion of the interior into their family home. The remainder of the barn would remain a working stable. Renovating the structure, however, proved fraught with challenges. During construction, Wayne and Elizabeth and their two kids lived in a camper nearby.

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Photo: Bryan Meltz/ Getty Images. From: Elbow Room.

Blank Slate

Before the renovation, the barn included six horse stalls but was home to only two horses. The structure did come with an existing bathroom and kitchen, but those were strictly no-frills.

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Photo: Jessica McGowan/Getty Images ©. From: Elbow Room.

Chip and Friend

Enter designer and licensed contractor Chip Wade. Here, Chip is greeted by one of the current residents of the barn that will soon also be home to a few human inhabitants.

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