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The Hay Loft

23 March 2010

 In the 1920’s the upper level of this carriage house was converted to living quarters.  Gas-powered equipment was stored in the barn by then, replacing horses, so the hay-loft was expendable.  The three-bedroom quarters created by the addition of dormers were intended for a farm manager and family.

In our renovation, the upper floor was gutted to the studs, however most of the original ribbon-fir flooring and pressed tin ceilings remain.   These, along with the dormers and low ceiling heights, drive the look and feel of the spaces.  The upstairs spaces were rearranged as follows: 

  • The Bathroom became the stairway
  • The Livingroom became the Master Bedroom
  • The dining room bacame the Studio
  • The original scary kitchen and laundry became the master bathroom
  • A bedroom was carved into a number of closets, a bathroom, and a laundry. 

The photos above are of the main hallway that runs from the top of the stair at one end to an exterior door at the other.   At 5 1/2′ wide, there was room enough to include built-in bookcases and storage.  The white enamaled paneling give it a fresh summertime feel.  The tin ceing is painted a reflective silver, and the walls are painted my favorite clear periwinkle.  Photos, furnishings, and carpet are black and white.

Details include acorn nut fasteners at the panels and picture hangers, a cat door built into the base of the bookcase, and a ‘secret’ compartment behind the cabinet doors.  Originally used for the heating system, the metal grate in the floor now has a glass panel below it allowing light to filter into the main floor below.

  • Settee – Shaker Workshop
  • Ceiling Paint – Ralph Lauren
  • Wall paint – Benjamin Moore
  • Custom bookcases – Warren Kundert
  • Carpet Tile – Flor
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