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This Georgia couple's beautiful barn home survived a serious storm and is all the owners had ever dreamed of.
  • Sand Creek Post & Beam, www.sandcreekpostandbeam.com

    Built to last

    When a category four tornado ripped through Jean-Luc and Maureen Chatelain’s 22 acres in Adairsville, Georgia they were devastated to find their acres of pear and apple trees ripped from the ground. A wave of relief came over them when they saw their newly built barn home still intact except for some imploded windows.

    “The barn structure was unscathed,” Maureen says. “It had a little bit of wear and tear, but the barn home was structurally sound.”

    Date Published: January 27, 2014
    Date Updated: April 10, 2014
  • Sand Creek Post & Beam, www.sandcreekpostandbeam.com

    A homey barn

    The Chatelains were a little apprehensive about building a home from the ground up, but when Sand Creek Post and Beam came into the picture, their worries subsided.

    “We wanted barn that looked like a home, but not necessarily a home that looked like a barn, “ Jean-Luc says. 

    Date Published: January 27, 2014
    Date Updated: April 10, 2014
  • Sand Creek Post & Beam, www.sandcreekpostandbeam.com

    Blending in

    Jones Cottrell of Sand Creek allowed them to view another family’s home in their area and soon they had a full plan for their barn home and had a kit on the way to their property about an hour north of Atlanta, Georgia.

    “We wanted to maintain the integrity of the area we’re in,” says Maureen. “We wanted our home to blend in with the environment.”

    Their yellow pine home was created from all locally sourced wood, which the couple found very important. 

    Date Published: January 27, 2014
    Date Updated: April 10, 2014
  • Sand Creek Post & Beam, www.sandcreekpostandbeam.com

    Starting from scratch

    The kit arrived in October of 2011 and a crew from Sand Creek did the barn raising, which the Chatelains found to be a very neat experience. A contractor suggested by the company saw the barn home through each step and in May of 2012 the couple’s farm home was ready to be decorated.

    “It was the first time I’ve ever had to decorate a home from nothing,” Maureen says.  “It was fun, but it was amazing how much stuff you need. We had a good time doing it.”

    The house is home to three antique doors from a traditional Victorian home the family previously owned in California. Since they were irregularly sized, they weren’t able to be used as functioning doors, but instead are now mounted on a main wall in the home. 

    Date Published: January 27, 2014
    Date Updated: April 10, 2014
  • Sand Creek Post & Beam, www.sandcreekpostandbeam.com

    Creating spaces

    The home has a very open layout on the ground floor, which includes the living room, dining room, and kitchen. To separate living spaces while still maintaining an open feel, the couple used furniture to create different living areas.

    The dining room table, in particular, sits between the living room space and kitchen. It seats 10 to 12 people and creates a long barrier to break up the open floor plan.

    Date Published: January 27, 2014
    Date Updated: April 10, 2014
  • Sand Creek Post & Beam, www.sandcreekpostandbeam.com

    A kitchen of their own

    Stainless steel appliances stand out against beautiful wood cabinets in the barn home’s kitchen. A movable island features a stunning wood countertop that really connects the contemporary kitchen appliances with the more classic wood storage areas.

    “We tried to do a contrast between the outside which is very traditional, and the inside which is more modern,” Jean-Luc says.

     

    Date Published: January 27, 2014
    Date Updated: April 10, 2014
  • Sand Creek Post & Beam, www.sandcreekpostandbeam.com

    Beds to share

    Although the Chatelains are empty nesters, they still felt it was important to create plenty of sleeping quarters to accommodate friends and family visiting their country escape. Their own master bedroom is located upstairs, but the home has a sleeping loft and a sleeping porch available, too.

    Since their area has pretty mild weather, sleeping outdoors is an option from March until October. The sleeping porch has bunk beds and is screened in for protection. It’s a hit with kids and younger guests. 

    Date Published: January 27, 2014
    Date Updated: April 10, 2014
  • Sand Creek Post & Beam, www.sandcreekpostandbeam.com

    The ideal porch

    The inviting porch was positioned perfectly to be the go-to spot to watch gorgeous country sunsets. The porch is a popular spot for the Chatelains and their friends because of its enticing fireplace.

    The fireplace is dual-sided, meaning it is shared with the great room inside the home. One of Jean-Luc’s favorite parts of the barn home is the porch fireplace that allows for sitting outside comfortably even in chilly weather. 

    Date Published: January 27, 2014
    Date Updated: April 10, 2014
  • Sand Creek Post & Beam, www.sandcreekpostandbeam.com

    Perfect temperature

    The Chatelains are impressed with the insulation of their barn home. The walls have standard injected foam insulation, but the roof has six inches of insulation to provide a thick barrier between the family and rain loudly hitting the barn’s metal roof. When temperatures fluctuate, the house does very well at maintaining a pleasant temperature inside.

    “The house will stay at 75 degrees when it could be 95 outside,” Jean-Luc says. “If the temperature is in the high 80s we really don’t even need the air conditioner.”

    The home has no carpet, but is insulated under their foundation allowing for the humidity from the ground to seep into the home keeping the ground a tolerable temperature.

    Date Published: January 27, 2014
    Date Updated: April 10, 2014
  • Sand Creek Post & Beam, www.sandcreekpostandbeam.com

    More than satisfied

    With a barn home that looks strikingly similar to a functioning traditional barn, the Chatelains are thrilled with their country getaway by Sand Creek Post and Beam. Neighbors are always complimenting the structure and the couple describes the process of building it as “flawless.”

    “Their idea is to work with the homeowners to create what they envision,” says Jean-Luc. “Basically the inside of the home is a shell and can be filled in to match our vision of the home. They really worked with us to make that happen.”

     

    Date Published: January 27, 2014
    Date Updated: April 10, 2014
  • Sand Creek Post & Beam, www.sandcreekpostandbeam.com

    Want to know more?

    The Chatelains had such a positive experience that they now open up their home to be showed to other potential Sand Creek customers.

    To learn more about Sand Creek Post and Beam and their exceptional barn kits, visit their site at www.sandcreekpostandbeam.com.

     

    Date Published: January 27, 2014
    Date Updated: April 10, 2014

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