When Daren and Kirsten Turner bought their farm six years ago, the “barn” was the only structure on the property. Originally, it was a white metal warehouse with a green roof, used for storing equipment.
Inspiration for the party barn came from the desire for an extension of their home that would serve strictly for entertaining large or small groups. After a visit to Blackberry Farm in Walland, TN, the Turners knew what they wanted in the design and turned to Jessica Cull from Design Link to bring their ideas to life.
The Turner’s favorite spot in the barn is the kitchen. Kirsten especially loves the whitewashed barn door on the pantry and the hood above the oven. They introduced other natural elements by using rope pulls on the drawers, vintage brick from Clay Ingels on the backsplash and reclaimed wood, beams and metal ceiling from Old World. Corman’s provided the cabinets. The corian island was designed to look like concrete and sits 5 comfortably.
One of the more unique concepts is the placement of 4 bunk beds, all tucked away behind sliding barn doors, sleeping up to 8 guests. Each bunk is equipped with space for luggage, and electricity for lighting and phone chargers. When the Turners aren’t hosting people overnight, they love how easy it is to shut the barn doors and focus on the living spaces throughout the barn.
A full bathroom includes a spacious shower, trough-style sink, and toilet, all tucked away behind another sliding barn door.
The living area includes a floor to ceiling wood burning fireplace made of stone. With bar top tables positioned behind each sofa and two large upholstered ottomans in the center, this area is perfect for gathering friends for UK games, Christmas gift exchanges or corporate brainstorming sessions. Two glass garage doors anchor the fireplace, leading out to a paved entertainment space. In the summer, the open doors provide nice flow in and out and a fire pit makes for great memories outside.
A party barn would not be complete without games to keep everyone entertained. In addition to two sitting areas, perfect for a game of poker or Monopoly, the Turners have a pool and gaming table and a shuffleboard sand table.
Jessica Cull, Design Link
Aaron Ferguson, Builder
Wes Hamilton, Digicam Technology