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Megan and Kevin’s Old Fashioned Red Barn

Megan and Kevin’s Old Fashioned Red Barn

Megan and Kevin bought their home because of its good bones and great location on a decent size Del Ray lot. But one thing they didn’t like was the home’s age and style. Surrounded by stately farmhouses from the early 1900s, the 1984 colonial with a boxy brick exterior looked out of place.


Both DIY enthusiast and fans of older homes, Megan and Kevin decided that in addition to making substantial interior design updates, they would also make some major external changes so the house would look more like its neighbors. First up, the shed in the backyard. Megan sent me these before photos of the shed in all its ’80s glory.


And another photo of the shed in the early stages of renovation.

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Megan and Kevin wanted to transform the shed to look like an old fashioned red barn. They also needed to address the poor condition of the roof and rotten wood throughout the structure.

Off came the aluminum windows…


And in their place, Kevin retrofitted old six-pane windows they found at Community Forklift.


They replaced all the trim and hardware, repaired the roof and, of course, gave it a splash of bright red paint.



Kevin’s dad is a contractor and was there the day Leslie and I visited. Here he is building flower boxes for the barn’s windows.




I’d say it’s quite an improvement already. We’ll check back with Megan and Kevin once it’s completely finished and hopefully have a preview of their next big project, building a brand new porch on the front of the house.


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