Where better place to build a barn home for entertaining and jam sessions than outside Nashville, Tennessee? When this couple decided they wanted a getaway from their Nashville lives, what resulted was this fun yet luxurious music barn.
From PreFab to Fabulous
Originally, the building wasn’t a music barn at all, but an “accessory structure,” says architect Jim Rill of Rill Architects. “It was a prefab building I tore down to the foundation and started over again from scratch.”
The land and plot were there, so now it was time to make some farmhouse magic. But why choose a barn? “Barns are both rustic and industrial,” Jim says. “They are located in the countryside but are outfitted for industry work.” The immense amount of space, the barn structure silhouette and high ceilings appealed to both Jim and his clients, which made it the perfect architectural choice for the music barn.
Timbers, barn wood and glass windows create a “modern barn look,” Jim says. He added traditional X-shaped cross bracing to make an industrial and rustic look at the same time.
One of the important aspects for the homeowners was creating a home that was cohesive with the surrounding countryside, especially the pond near the music barn. They loved the building’s “proximity and relationship to the existing pond,” Jim says. The importance of the building and nature work together in this space.
“The building is all about the flow and connection to the environment, which is just as important as the interior rooms,” Jim says. “A house isn’t just a set of walls. It is how you experience the space. A home is not just something you sit in, the ownership comes with all the vistas, the experience of the views. We think about this when designing.”
Music Jamming Session
Alongside the importance of the surrounding nature was the opportunity to entertain and hang out with other musician friends. The living room looks half like a traditional living room, and half like a band’s music studio. Jim outfitted outlets so musicians could “plug in” with their instruments. “We hope to inspire them and get inspired back,” Jim says. And that’s just what they’ve done here with the music barn.
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Victoria is a brand advisor, marketing strategist, writer and editor. She was the editorial director of American Farmhouse Style for almost 10 years, and now enjoys writing occasional articles for the magazine and receiving the beautiful copies in the mail. Victoria is also a wife and mom to three little ones: two on earth and one in heaven. With any (not so spare) time, she devours books, dabbles in fiction writing and works on her house. As a home décor enthusiast and DIYer herself, she knows what a little paint and patience can do for a room!