This was a one-of-a-kind-project - we converted an old horse stable that was no longer being used into a fully functional guest house. The horse stables sat unused on a property an hour north of Toronto for over twenty five years. When the family outgrew their home on the adjacent property, we saw an opportunity to use what we already had access to. To begin, we walled off half of the stables with a Napoleonic gas fireplace to keep some secure storage accessible to the home owners. The impressive stone walled fireplace also provides the guest house heat during chilly winter months. We used the same flag stone on the floors that we ran up the fireplace. They make an incredible statement against all the wood and black tones.
We needed to add a kitchen to the space, so we sourced simple black cabinetry and appliances from IKEA. When paired with the original pine walls and the unusual black corrugated metal ceiling, they feel much more bespoke than a typical IKEA kitchen. In the bathroom, we opted for an open concept to keep the same rustic feel of the barn. The white subway tile runs floor to ceiling to accommodate the open waterfall shower.
We turned four of the original horse stalls into the bedrooms. Each is filled with vintage finds and family heirlooms. Open shelving, antique ladders and unusual storage offer ample opportunity to display curated pieces and functional items as well.
You can read more about the stables project over on HGTV.