Family Of Four In A Barn For A House And A $3600 Renovation

Categories: Home Stylings

Where many see junk, Corey Gash envisions design possibilities. The window display artist convinced his family to leave its comfortable, two-bedroom town house in Orange last year for a run-down barn in Costa Mesa that once housed chickens and, later, a boat-building operation.

"The first time I saw it, I thought it was an amazing space with great bones. I'd always wanted to live in a barn," says Gash, who has fond childhood memories of feeding the chickens during summer vacations at his aunt's farm in Colorado. Partner Krista Wallace wasn't quite as enthusiastic. "At first I thought, 'No way. I couldn't live there,' " she says. "The place was a shambles -- filled with old wood and spiders. There wasn't a bathroom -- just an outdoor shower -- and I had just found out that I was pregnant."

Now, repurposed materials and furnishings give the remodeled 700-square-foot home a loft-like openness and a soulful style. Here, the entrance wall is composed of wood reclaimed from a church roof.


Although Gash has built two recording studios in Santa Ana, the dilapidated barn became his largest reclaiming project to date.

"For me there are no rules — I learned that the first day of jazz band," says the former musician and recording studio engineer. "Materials and spaces tell me what to do with them. ... They have a voice if you listen."


Inside, the floor is lined in handsome kiln-fired Endicott brick. Gash discovered it when he removed the area rugs that had covered the floor. A vintage Malm free-standing fireplace, a gift from Wallace's parents, stands in the corner and serves as the primary source of heat for the home.

The coffee table is made from a slab of wood that Gash spied and bought out of the back of a pickup on a run to Home Depot. "I paid $50 for it," he says, beaming.


Daughter Lilly, 4, sits and colors at the 10-foot-long dining table made from a former bowling alley lane. Industrial- looking IKEA lamps are a few new things in the otherwise recycled decor. 


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