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18th-Century Swiss Barn Revamped Into Tiny Wooden Retreat

All photos by Christophe Voisin, Alp'Architecture sàrl​

Originally built in 1792, this dilapidated timber barn in the Swiss Alps used to shelter cows in only 268 square feet with nary a bathroom in sight. A few hundred years and an extensive renovation later, it's now a gorgeous three-story vacation home for a young family, all courtesy of the Swiss firm Alp'Architecture sàrl​. Situated in the small village of Sarreyer and only a few minutes from Verbier Ski Resort, architects created two bedrooms, a living room, kitchen, and bathroom all using the barn's original wood planks. As many elements as possible were preserved and reused into the home's current furniture and design. While it's certainly no $60K-a-day super chalet, the home represents the epitome of Swiss "mazots," wooden farmhouses that are small on space but big on character and design.

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