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Horseshoe Farm Barn Home, nestled on 18 acres in Madison County, includes a small lake, a 30-by-40 foot workshop, and Tim Hutson and Cindy Litsinger-Hutson’s rustic barn home. It is built with the original beams and rafters from Grand Gorge Barn, an 1820 dairy barn from upstate New York.

This is one of the most fascinating homes I have had the pleasure to photograph and write a story about. Cindy and Tim had the perfect setting for a rustic barn home, and they had tossed around the idea of building a log home but just couldn’t solidify a plan. After much research, Cindy learned about a company named Heritage Restorations that dismantled old barns, cleaned the beams and timber, and then reconstructed the barn as framing for new homes. This sounded like the perfect plan for their new home. They contracted with builder Wade Breazeale to build the home once the barn framing was constructed.

The barn arrived stacked on a trailer and was unloaded in the front yard. The crew assembled the hemlock and white pine hand-hewn beams using pegs just like it was done in the 1800s. New pegs were used that were hand-whittled as exact replicas of the pegs that were taken out of the original barn (Cindy actually has the original pegs). Walls were assembled on the home’s concrete slab using a beetle to hammer in the pegs, and the walls were then raised up. The roof rafters are original to the Grand Gorge barn as well.

It took the crew from Texas two days to put the barn together. After that it was up to Wade and his crew to finish the home. I hope you enjoy the tour of this truly remarkable home, which combines the old with the new seamlessly and perfectly.

There are many unusual and unique items throughout the home, such as a propeller that is hanging on the living room wall from one of Charles Lindbergh’s planes. The ladder on the opposite wall is an apple ladder from upstate New York. The pulley is original to the barn. It was used to lift the hay from the wagon and transport it through the barn. Loose hay was pitched into the loft with pitch forks similar to the ones shown on the top of the beams. The ladder below is original to the Grand Gorge barn; it was used to access the hayloft..

The master bedroom suite was built with the back 30 feet of the Grand Gorge barn. This section had been added on to the original barn in 1840. The suite consists of a sitting room, bedroom, bathroom, and two large closets. One wall in the bedroom is Tim’s trophy wall—he wakes up every morning feeling as he is in a hunting lodge! A cabinet in the sitting room houses Cindy’s antique doll collection. The entrance to the suite has rolling barn doors that can be closed for privacy

— by Susan Upton
Used with permission from Stages Mississippi Magazine.

Before Restoration
Barn Profile
Originally Built circa 1820
  in Grand Gorge, NY
Now Restored In Flora, MS
Dimensions 34 x 50
  1700 sq. ft.
Eave Height 13
Architect Cisneros Design Studio
713.520.7745
Builder Wade Breazeale
601.416.3319
Media Featured in Stages Mississippi Magazine