My goodness… Are we really almost done? ! So many incredible changes have taken place since my last blog entry! All the hardscape has been poured and is already stained by the tracks of various equipment that has come in and gone out. The giant barn stands proudly above everything else out here and seems to be like a gentle giant watching over all the happenings at The Lucky Horseshoe. To keep everything on the property consistent and cohesive, we painted the barn a clean and crisp, white with a contrast of bold black. Everyone thought I was a bit crazy because I wanted to not only paint our garage doors black but also all the trim, both inside and out. It turned out incredible and quite handsome, I might add.
Choosing to paint the trim black, proved to be a great choice as it gave the illusion that my aluminum black framed windows (by Amsco) were much larger and more substantial in size. Centered above the garage doors, we added a custom-made, faux (black) barn door which hangs on a black, matte track. Again, our goal was to provide the illusion that, perhaps there’s a little window there above the garage doors, but in fact, there’s nothin’ there at all!
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One of the things Chance really wanted was a wonderful porch off the side of the barn which proved to not only be a fantastic choice, but a peaceful addition that every barn needs. He wanted to be able to not only roll through all three bays of the barn but also be able to come out onto a beautiful porch that was on the same level and accessible for him so he too could enjoy the view of not only the backyard but the back cow pasture as well. Remember in my last blog, I shared with ya’ll that we repurposed the original front door on the main house to go on the barn side-porch and then we got a new (large Pivot style) front door (by Los Angeles, CA based, Pinky’s). As soon as the cattle see Chance wheel out onto his porch, they come a runnin’! He’s able to wheel over to the side where he can pitch out handfuls of treats to Bossy and Sweetie and be close to them without coming in contact with their gross slobbering! The view from the porch is incredible and the oversized black, rockers (homedepot.com) beg our guests to come take a seat to enjoy a glass of wine paired with the breathtaking Texas Hill Country sunsets!
Inside the barn, anchored against the back wall, is a bank of custom built, black-stained cabinetry which turned out perfectly. The black, granite countertops which feature lighter grey veins traveling throughout the stone, are a perfect complement to the cabinets. We also had the same cabinetry built in the family game room, in the bay next to this one which opens up to the beautiful side porch. The game room turned out incredibly handsome. My husband made the decision to wrap the entire room in Douglas fir, tongue and groove, as to create a warm yet dramatic space. Most people don’t have air conditioning out in their barn (or garage) but my husband does! Ha!! Since the game room will be not only a place to gather for fun, ensuring its versatility was important to us as well. For example, building (the same) cabinetry in this room, all the way down the side of the wall that flanks the French doors, opening up to the porch was a must. We needed cabinetry for storage and space for entertaining as well. We wanted the granite countertops on the cabinets to not only be beautiful but to have the ability to double as a host to buffet dinners for those late evening game nights! It’s a sure bet that this space will soon become the hub for our family, as it will be filled with comfy couches for lounging, great food, cold beer and lots of competitive spirits hovering around the poker table.
We have just a few more items on the punch list so stay tuned for this final outcome!