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Boyd Barn Conversion

This 1970’s pole barn was transformed into a guest studio with a living space, kitchenette, and full bathroom using on-site harvested wood and materials salvaged from existing deconstructed horse stables.
Boyd Barn Conversion

Location

6811 Zangle Rd. NE Olympia, WA 98501

Smith Design Studio and Small Building Company

This 1970’s pole barn was transformed into a guest studio with a living space, kitchenette, and full bathroom using on-site harvested wood and materials salvaged from existing deconstructed horse stables.

Energy efficient framing and insulation exceeds the new Washington State Energy Code, while high-performance skylights, energy efficient lighting and appliances also help reduce the impact on utility bills.  An on-demand water heater supplies instant hot water for the bathroom and kitchen area.

The kitchenette shelving and counter top are constructed from site-generated Douglas fir.  Opposite the kitchen, an alcove comfortably holds a large desk or guest bed under a rustic ceiling of site-native timbers.  The pole structure of the original barn continues into the new space with round posts and beams with hidden hardware supporting the new covered porch.  The space features fir plywood floor and ceiling, and custom plywood trim; No-VOC paints and water-based wood finishes help maintain a healthy indoor environment.

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The adjoining full bathroom features tile floor extending barrier-free into the shower stall, vintage fixtures, and Milestone plaster walls.  A fiberglass framed window allows fresh air and daylight directly into the shower end of the room.  Loft space above the bathroom provides extra sleeping area or storage.

New cedar encloses the original barn and ties the old and new spaces together.  Outside, new cedar and other exposed wood is treated with Lifetime natural wood preservative to match the “aged” look and improve durability.

Materials from the deconstructed horse stables were salvaged and/or recycled into the remodel, or saved for future projects.  Usable roofing and framing were re-purposed, concrete was recycled to become gravel and new concrete aggregate.  Old cedar and fir siding is salvaged and reused inside and on future projects.  Underground drainage solutions were incorporated below-grade of the new studio space, to accommodate rainwater from the expansive metal roof.  Exterior lighting is dark-skies friendly.

Project Architects/Designers:

Design by Gregory Smith, Smith Design Studio

 

Project Contractors & Subcontractors:

  • Build by Gregory Smith, Small Building Company
  • Skylights and other materials provided by Bayview Lumber
  • Patio by Doug Locken Concrete
  • Tile by Bret Benraven, Panorama Linoleum and Tile
  • Electrical by Chamber's Prairie Electric
  • Insulation by Olsson Insulation


Product Suppliers & Vendors:

  • Lifetime wood treatment from Schroeder Log Home Supply
  • Custom shelving of site-native doug fir by Jesse Thomas
  • Metal roof supplied by Pioneer Roofing
  • Windows supplied by Kell-Chuck Glass

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