Harmony Barn Renovation
When we first came up with the idea to renovate the barn into a space that could be used for workshops and gatherings, we could picture people being together talking, sharing, creating. A simple open space with a minimal kitchen, a bathroom and that’s about it. Capitalizing on the views and nature surrounding the barn informed our conversations with our architect. As our vision became more focused, we realized we needed a full kitchen and a full bathroom. A space that someone could actually stay in, or down the road - live in. As the planning progressed, and we started talking with a bank for a construction loan, our vision for the space began to widen. We created a business plan stating that the barn space could be, in addition to workshop space, a vacation rental too. We could host weddings, and family reunions and goat yoga festivals and…You could call it Vision Creep. And now as the Harmony Barn is within a couple of months of completion, and we are starting to stare down the reality of how to book the space, we are asking ourselves, “What is it exactly and who will come?” Evolve Vacation Rentals, the company that manages the booking of the Harmony Barn Apartment, suggested we keep the spaces separate and only book the main barn for guests that are specifically looking for extra accommodations. The barn will be kept available for whatever people come to us wanting to use it for. At this point, it sounds like a good path to go down — a path that we are creating as we walk it.
Progress is humming along. Drywall is going up and up and up. There is A LOT of surface to cover. And because it is primarily a commercial space, much of the drywall is put up in two layers. This should help to insulate the interior space as well as to dampen sound. Meanwhile, kitchen cabinets are being built, as well as tables that incorporate wood planks from the old stalls. I am continuing to scour the local consignment and thrift stores for all of the furniture and appointments needed to turn the rooms into inviting and comfortable spaces.
If you have an idea for how you could use the gathering space at the Harmony Barn, drop me a line. Even goat yoga — maybe! firstname.lastname@example.org
In January 2020, my husband and I bought a barn on 10 acres adjacent to our home property near Mancos, Colorado, and asked ourselves, "What do we do with it now? Since then we have renovated the top floor into a vacation rental and are in the process of renovating the bottom/main part of the barn into a gathering space. Join us on our journey!