Ihlow House, Barn Conversion by Roswag Architekten

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It was 1976.  A stringy mullet lay greasy against his neck and his patchy beard was struggling for attention. Somewhere from the teeny weeny sport shorts and a skin tight ring neck tee with his hairy bird legs, small shoulders and a permanently questioning look on his face there was a boy fighting toward manhood. Tonight would be his first night living on his own, away from mom and dad and siblings where he could have his own rules, go to bed when he felt like, drink soda until his belly hurt, and have friends over to watch SNL…20 feet from home…in the barn.

As ridiculous as that may sound, building your dream home inside a renovated barn can be quite the rewarding experience. Coming home reminds us of how different life was, motivating us to work hard and to enjoy simple things more.  In the richly historic village of Ihlow, Germany new life has been breathed into an old barn. This coveted home salvaged the time-warn stone walls, their character taking precedence within modern additions.  Solar energy facilitates heat as does a wood chip fired central boiler. Rain water reserves assist toilet flushes, the laundry machine, and the garden. By using renewable and regenerative raw materials throughout the construction, architects Roswag Architekten leave minor footprints in this project. The design incorporates old and new in a daring arrangement that includes an industrial staircase, poured cement floors, a fully stocked chef’s kitchen, seamless fireplace, and of course the genuine preservation of the age old stone.

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Allison

Allison Parker is a proud stay at home mom maintaining a full schedule kissing boo boos and passing out hugs just because. Her days many times are spent between the garden and the kitchen. From a journey of learning whole food eating habits, she's taken on the challenges of baking bread, muffins and cakes from scratch and filling the cellar shelves with scores of her own canned goods each year. Writing is one of those things she does because its part of who she is. That and it's a nice break from the never ending work that comes with raising a family.

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