There’s something magical about the simplicity of a barn. But sometimes the beauty found in simplicity only begins to reveal itself once a lot of hard work goes into the editing. Once we'd finished working on the buildings at 302 S Main that now house Salon One 12 and Sweet Cakes 4 U, we moved into renovating what we all refer to as 'Nate’s, one of three metal barns on the property. Nate had been the last tenant in that building and even stayed on to work with us on the renovation of several of the other buildings
Before we started in 2012, you could still see remnants of the barn's old working life storing grain for the feed mill in the 40's and 50's. Steel augers ran through the concrete floor as well as overhead weighing upon the truss work. The augers were used to move the grain through the buildings. Stains of tools and gears past left their rusty prints in the concrete while the overhead trusses carried the patina of the decades in use (along with a lot of dust.)
We'd come to love the old interior wood walls and decided to replicate them elsewhere in the ceilings. We simplified the trusses to add a more open feel. By adding the cupola and the two walls of windows/doors, soft natural light now fills the space, illuminating the spare bones of the the old barn.