housecrazy

I'm crazy about houses. I like all varietals of houses - I like 'em big, I like 'em small, I like 'em rough and I like 'em weird. My blog is a collection of some of the neatest houses that I have come across in my house-hunting journeys.

Rezoned and repurposed: The Green Gate Barn

image from: http://www.homeaway.com/

image from: http://www.homeaway.com/

In Biwabik, Minnesota stands this adorable former hay barn.

Dating back 1935, the barn has been extensively remodeled and is now used as a vacation rental.

image from: http://www.homeaway.com/

image from: http://www.homeaway.com/

The Green Gate Barn is actually one of two vacation rentals on a private 13 acre farmstead north of Duluth near the Canadian border.

The beautifully converted barn has 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms and all the 21st century amenities you could want.

image from: http://www.homeaway.com/

image from: http://www.homeaway.com/

The 1,250 square foot interior is rustic-chic with muted neutrals throughout.

image from: http://www.homeaway.com/

image from: http://www.homeaway.com/

The builders did a really clever thing with the round silo space:

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image from: http://www.homeaway.com/

Amazing woodwork!

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image from: http://www.homeaway.com/

The upper level is accessed by a gorgeous curved staircase fabricated from locally salvaged maple.

image from: http://www.homeaway.com/

image from: http://www.homeaway.com/

Upstairs in the silo room is the spectacular round master bathroom:

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image from: http://www.homeaway.com/

In a second bathroom, the barn theme continues with hay loft doors:

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The Green Gate Barn pictured below during a Minnesota winter:

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image from: http://www.homeaway.com/

It’s pretty and peaceful no matter what the season…. but I think I prefer the summer scenery  :)

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image from: http://www.homeaway.com/

Sources:

Green Gate Guest Houses

HomeAway

Country Living

 

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The fallen soldier’s room frozen in time

image from: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ Photo by Matthieu Bock of Europe1.

image from: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ Photo by Matthieu Bock of Europe1.

I saw these intriguing photos doing the rounds on the internet and I had to look into them.

Here’s the back-story:

After a French World War 1 soldier was killed on the battlefield, his grief-stricken parents preserved his room exactly the way it was on the day he left for war. As a memorial to their fallen son, they kept the room in that state the entire time they owned the house. When they sold their house in 1935, they wrote a clause into the deed which stipulated the room must remain untouched for the next 500 years. Owners from that time on have honored their request.

soldier's room

image from: huffingtonpost.com / Photo by Matthieu Bock of Europe1.

The legality/viability of the clause is questionable, but wouldn’t it be amazing if it could be upheld for five centuries?

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Top 5 Unique Celebrity Vacation Homes

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*** Today’s post is written and compiled by guest writer Kurt Jacobson. House Crazy Sarah is on vacation. Just kidding. She’s still here, working hard at her day job.

1. Oprah’s Hawaiian farmhouse

Media mogul Oprah Winfrey first began buying property in Hawaii on the advice of her personal trainer Bob Greene. Today, she is the proud owner of a former ranch-turned 21st century farmhouse on a moss-covered hillside on the east side of Maui in addition to several other parcels of land. In a blog for the Huffington Post last year, she said that the first morning she woke up in the house after working on its renovation for three years, her heart swelled with gratitude as she looked out of the window at the green meadow and the ocean just beyond it. For Oprah, the Maui farmhouse is her ‘sacred space’ and the one place she can always go to when she wants ‘stillness’. The US First Lady Michelle Obama reportedly celebrated her 50th birthday here this year.

Oprah

Photos: Seen on Oprah.com

2. Armani’s Caribbean retreat

Famous Italian fashion designer Giorgio Armani is the proud owner of two gorgeous linked villas – Villa Flower and Villa Serene – on the scenic islands of Antigua. Entirely furnished with pieces from the Armani fashion line, this dramatic cliffside vacation home offers stunning views of the ocean from all the rooms and has several living and relaxation areas.

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That crazy Halloween neighbor

Halloween crazy house

Yep, that’s my neighbor. Literally. That is my neighbor’s house.

Halloween crazy house

Like my old house, this is one of the most notoriously haunted houses in town.

My neighbor not only embraces his old house’s sordid reputation – he flaunts it!

Halloween crazy house

He rescued this beauty a couple years ago and has been tirelessly working to restore the old girl to her queenly state.

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Rezoned and Repurposed: The Old Jail Museum

image from: http://theoldjailmuseum.com/

image from: http://theoldjailmuseum.com/

I’ve got a fun one for you today…

Ever wanted to live in a former prison? Yeah me too. Here’s your chance!

image from: http://theoldjailmuseum.com/

image from: http://theoldjailmuseum.com/

Located in Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, this old place was used as the Carbon County Prison from 1871 to 1995. It was purchased privately in 1995 and then opened as tourist attraction – which it still is today. But the jail museum is currently up for sale so it could be your personal fun house for $750,000.

The old stone prison actually has the original warden’s quarters intact with 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms so you could potentially live there.

Have a look at the main cell block:

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~ House Crazy Sarah ~

Sarah Felix Burns

"So many houses, so little time"




Featured house artist:

Naomi Maddux - custom stained glass and mosaics

Featured house artist:

Julia Callon featured on Wondereur

(Click on the images above to learn more about these artists)

Featured house books:

Creating the Artful Home
Mushroom House of Charlevoix

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My first novel

JACKFISH - The Vanishing Village

My second novel

Song Over Quiet Lake
Rivit Media
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