I traded this nearly un-restorable milkhouse in exchange for a playhouse for my grandchildren. The milkhouse needed some TLC, and was one of the smaller projects of our summers work. I am very pleased with how this little button of a building came out.
The frame measures 8’x10′ and was originally built in 1930.
My friend asked me to turn the little milkhouse into a backyard getaway spot where he can read, play music and find his muse beneath the rustic decor. Eventually, we plan to add a porch and another window, but for now it is ready to use.
We spent a good deal of time working on the roof. This next set of pictures shows our process.
Below you can see it in the new location, but not yet restored. That’s the old playhouse in the background.
One benefit of working on this little building was that it allowed me to use up some of the vintage wood and other salvaged materials that I have been saving from previous projects.
The “novelty” siding in this picture, for example, was salvaged from another barn. This kind of siding started to become popular around 1900.
The vintage flooring was also left over material from another project. Here it helps warm up the white wash walls.
The roofing was recycled as well – from the restored barn I worked on in Pawlet in 2012.
Since I got to use up all these odds and ends, my workshop and yard are starting to look rather tidy and spacious, ready to fill with new vintage material for future barn restoration projects. So do let me know if you hear about available barns! I am always interested in at least looking at them.
Here’s a closeup of the playhouse for which I traded the milkhouse. I built the playhouse over 30 years ago for my children, sold it to friends for their daughter, and it’s now coming back home to be restored for our family’s next generation. Stay tuned!
Interested in living in a restored barn home? Have a timber frame available for sale? Please let me know!