DIY: Office Studio Barn Renovation

This amazing DIY office studio barn renovation is brought to us by reddit user Hank White, who carefully documented his process of renovating an old hayloft into a gorgeous modern studio office.

DIY Office Studio Barn Renovation

Bought a property with an old but well built barn. This is pretty much the state it was when I started.

DIY Office Studio Barn Renovation

Upstairs in what was originally a hayloft, someone had run electrical (which all had to be redone) and randomly insulated one wall and put a sheet of drywall on another. Another, more recent, previous owner had also let his sheep wander up the stairs…which is why there is sheep shit everywhere.

DIY Office Studio Barn Renovation
DIY Office Studio Barn Renovation

First cleanup.

DIY Office Studio Barn Renovation
DIY Office Studio Barn Renovation

Here’s the plan: build a space that will be used as an office but could also be a small apartment. Hot water tank and laundry/storage room under the stairs. Small kitchen area and a bathroom upstairs. Because of the barn roof there is lots of opportunity for built in storage.

DIY Office Studio Barn Renovation

This structure is called a cupola and was added by one of the many previous owners in the center of the barn roof. I don’t know what they had planned but someone but in a lot of effort.

DIY Office Studio Barn Renovation

Originally there would have been a ladder up to the loft. Someone had added some questionable stairs. Here I’ve started adding some structural integrity to them.

DIY Office Studio Barn Renovation
DIY Office Studio Barn Renovation

First job. The siding is board and batten with no sheathing underneath. On the part of the barn that I’m converting to living space I take the siding off, put sheathing and house wrap on and then put the siding back on but in reverse. The lower entryway bit is done in this photo. Also someone added some crappy windows where the original hayloft doors were which I plan to replace.

DIY Office Studio Barn Renovation

Perfect weather. Reframing for new windows, found some new/used that are the perfect size.

DIY Office Studio Barn Renovation

Nice big header already in place from where the doors were.

DIY Office Studio Barn Renovation

Sheathing going on in phases to avoid snow/rain getting inside.

DIY Office Studio Barn Renovation

Seemed like a good idea to add a bit of flashing along to the rim board.

DIY Office Studio Barn Renovation

I used ropes and pulleys to lift the large windows in place. Pulley was actually already there from when the loft was used to store hay.

DIY Office Studio Barn Renovation

Boards going back on in reverse.

DIY Office Studio Barn Renovation
DIY Office Studio Barn Renovation

Trimming out the windows. Small window is the bathroom.

DIY Office Studio Barn Renovation

The other side of the barn gets a lot more weather. Many boards have to be replaced.

DIY Office Studio Barn Renovation
DIY Office Studio Barn Renovation

Repeat process. Leaving the lower part for another day.

DIY Office Studio Barn Renovation

Cupola is in rough shape. Existing metal flashing is stupid so I hired a roofer to do it right.

DIY Office Studio Barn Renovation

New flashing done and boards going on. Really hard to get up here so I had to pre-cut everything and carry it up

DIY Office Studio Barn Renovation
DIY Office Studio Barn Renovation

The existing electricity came from the adjacent house but was inadequate so we had to get a new electric hookup. $$$

DIY Office Studio Barn Renovation

Had the electricians run two wires in case we decide to build another building nearby. The conduit is like this because there was trees in the way.

DIY Office Studio Barn Renovation

Waiting for hookup.

DIY Office Studio Barn Renovation

We built the interior wall to separate the office entrance from the barn aisle.

DIY Office Studio Barn Renovation

Adding in soffits. Had to get creative as this lean-to affair was lain on top of the old shingle roof (why?!) i had to cut the shingles back and square the ends of the joists.

DIY Office Studio Barn Renovation

Soffits done here. Salvaged the perfect door and light.

DIY Office Studio Barn Renovation

This side of the barn was in the worst shape. I had to add soffets and we wanted to board some horses so we decided to reside it.

DIY Office Studio Barn Renovation

Soffits are in on all side now (aluminium). Also completed is plumbing. Running drain pipes was one of the hardest parts (you can see a pipe there in the ceiling). Pretty sure I got all my slopes right. Fortunately I was able to bring water in from the nearby house through some exisiting water lines.

DIY Office Studio Barn Renovation
DIY Office Studio Barn Renovation
DIY Office Studio Barn Renovation
DIY Office Studio Barn Renovation

Wires are being run. I did everything myself up to hear, I saved money by helping the electricians but mostly I wanted them to wire the panel.

DIY Office Studio Barn Renovation

This is the original ladder that would have been used to get up to the loft.

DIY Office Studio Barn Renovation

Built some new railings at the top of the stairs out of rebar and salvaged would to match the barn feel. Made the walls make sense.

DIY Office Studio Barn Renovation
DIY Office Studio Barn Renovation

Bathroom is all framed in.

DIY Office Studio Barn Renovation

Installing shutes so the air can move behind the insulation from the soffits.

DIY Office Studio Barn Renovation

By far the worst job.

DIY Office Studio Barn Renovation
DIY Office Studio Barn Renovation
DIY Office Studio Barn Renovation

Thank god that is done.

DIY Office Studio Barn Renovation

View of the laundry room.

DIY Office Studio Barn Renovation

Vapour barrier.

DIY Office Studio Barn Renovation
DIY Office Studio Barn Renovation

Drywall. Not doing this part myself!

DIY Office Studio Barn Renovation
DIY Office Studio Barn Renovation

Boarders made short work of this. So worth it.

DIY Office Studio Barn Renovation
DIY Office Studio Barn Renovation

Salvaged old doors. I’ll restore them later.

DIY Office Studio Barn Renovation

At around this point I realized the little room under the stairs would be a perfect dark room.

DIY Office Studio Barn Renovation
DIY Office Studio Barn Renovation

Mudding is done. Added a secret door to get behind the wall for storage.

DIY Office Studio Barn Renovation
DIY Office Studio Barn Renovation

The floor of the barn still hadn’t been insulated. I decided to attach styrofoam to the underside. There is no vapour barrier and this is only like R5 but I sealed it pretty good and heat rises right?

DIY Office Studio Barn Renovation

Covering ceiling with stryofoam with t&g pine. Cheap and easy to put up by yourself.

DIY Office Studio Barn Renovation
DIY Office Studio Barn Renovation

Added the chimney.

DIY Office Studio Barn Renovation

Found the perfect lights.

DIY Office Studio Barn Renovation

Getting ready for painting. At this point we’ve decided to leave the floor as is.

DIY Office Studio Barn Renovation

Entryway and bathroom get tile.

DIY Office Studio Barn Renovation

Painted.

DIY Office Studio Barn Renovation
DIY Office Studio Barn Renovation

Lighting mostly in.

DIY Office Studio Barn Renovation

Added a fan in the cupola.

DIY Office Studio Barn Renovation

Moving to dads shop for the cabinets.

DIY Office Studio Barn Renovation

Small kitchen. Counter is going to be concrete.

DIY Office Studio Barn Renovation

Making countertops out of concrete, this is the bathroom. Kitchen was harder.

DIY Office Studio Barn Renovation

Decided experiment and do the stairs in MDF

DIY Office Studio Barn Renovation

I stained the MDF a little and then added several coats of varithane.

DIY Office Studio Barn Renovation

Doors refinished.

DIY Office Studio Barn Renovation

Bathroom completed.

DIY Office Studio Barn Renovation

Pretty much done!

DIY Office Studio Barn Renovation

Baseboards in. Stove in place. Found this beautiful old Waterford for $300.

DIY Office Studio Barn Renovation

My sister gave me a really nice cover for the electric panel.

DIY Office Studio Barn Renovation

Darkroom getting setup. HW tank is beside the enlarger. A washer/dryer could fit in the space where it is.

DIY Office Studio Barn Renovation

Really high ceilings in the darkroom so I built more shelves.

DIY Office Studio Barn Renovation

The MDF stairs are really nice but a little slippery. I’ll add a railing later.

DIY Office Studio Barn Renovation

The cupola makes for really nice indirect lighting.

DIY Office Studio Barn Renovation

That is all! Thanks for reading!

If you liked this DIY home office studio barn renovation then checkout Hank White’s other work at http://hankwhite.co!

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