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The architects gave a crumbling barn new life

A restored barn sits on a grassy plot of land at sunset. There are large pine trees and red Adirondack chairs. Ulysse Lemerise Bouchard

We’ve seen a lot of modern farmhouses over the years, but none captures the essence of the genre quite like this rehabbed barn in Quebec, Canada. Montreal architecture studio La Firme transformed an old, crumbling barn into a second home for a family that couldn’t quite let the old structure go.

Old, decaying barn in front of a muddy, construction-like area. Ulysse Lemerise Bouchard

Sitting on a rolling hill at the base of Mont Owl’s Head, the new house was designed to retain as much of the original barn as possible. To start, La Firme took stock of the existing structure, numbering and labeling each part of the barn so it could be used in the new design. From there, they stripped the building of its aging facade and went about using the bones to create a house with soaring 30-foot ceilings and dramatic windows.

Open plan dining room with 30 foot ceilings made from the restored barn wood. A dining room table sits in the center. Ulysse Lemerise Bouchard

The entryway opens up onto a breezy first floor where a kitchen, dining room, and living room sit under soaring ceilings supported by wood beams from the old barn. The white washed walls create a serene backdrop for the dark, rustic wood and minimalist furniture. Upstairs, the bedrooms are adjacent to a lofted area that has extensive views to the outdoors through a wall of windows that stretches from floor to ceiling.

A white walled bedroom with view of rolling landscape outside. The bed is white and sits on a wooden platform. Ulysse Lemerise Bouchard
A kitchen with breakfast bar and hanging pendant lamps. There are open shelves in the kitchen and teal barstools at a large marble island. Ulysse Lemerise Bouchard
A pool sits next to refurbished barn at twilight. There are lounge chairs around the pool and trees surrounding the property. Ulysse Lemerise Bouchard