Perhaps one of the biggest renovations that we’ve done so far is completely transforming the lower level of our dairy barn. I mentioned in our last post that the ceiling was going in ahead of schedule, but that also meant that our last project in the space would now be complete – making the room ready for use!
Our renovations of the lower level date back to 2014 when we began this labor of love. At the time, the previous owners still had the barn filled with old clutter. Junk, it was junk really. After that was cleared out, the dairy pipes had to be removed. The damaged ceiling was also removed, sending enormous amounts of old hay used as insulation and trash that had been stashed above crashing to the floor (and onto us initially too). New doors were custom made from wood reclaimed from another barn on site so that we could properly secure the space when we were gone. Then the floors were demolished and repoured with concrete as new support posts were set. Whitewashed barn wood tile floors were laid, followed by completely new electrical wiring, some drywall work, and lots of masonry paint. It’s really amazing what a coat of fresh white paint can do! Our final project was to reinstall the ceiling with tongue-and-groove bead board planks. Some draperies around the support posts to soften their look was the finishing touch!
The ceiling installation was finished just hours before our first larger event was taking place! Despite the tight timeline, it all came together beautifully – both the ceiling and the event. So enjoy a look back at our process and I hope you can appreciate all the changes and renovations that have happened over the last 24 months here!
Before and After
At 48 Fields, we are a Leesburg Virginia wedding venue for celebrations of all sizes.
Our rustic barns and vast fields are peacefully set in the heart of Northern Virginia wine country.