American Barn

RURAL

This striking American barn, with Manor Red Colorbond cladding, is the pride and joy of Loretta Martin at Wangaratta.

It’s dressed in Manor Red Colorbond, complemented by a Woodland Grey roof and Classic Cream trims and doors.

The barn boasts a footprint of more than 100 square metres and features a mezzanine floor used as an office, plus Apex windows.

“The reason I chose Steelcorp is because they’re the best in town. Why would I go anywhere else?” Loretta says.

She says a number of people had recommended Steelcorp, so she went into head office in Wangaratta to find out more.

It was here that Steelcorp Managing Director Ross Barker gave her the idea of adding a mezzanine floor.

“He took me upstairs and showed me the one at the office in Murrell St,” she says.

Ever since she took a month-long trip to the US to visit her son, who was working there, she has wanted her own American barn.

“I look at it every day and I see it and absolutely love it,” she says.

It’s fitted out with a big concrete apron and a path to the house. Loretta has also installed plantation shutters to achieve the look she was after.

“First I was going to have a charcoal barn, but Wangaratta Council wouldn’t let me have that colour,” she says.

It was fortuitous as the red barn is loved by all who see it.

“Everyone comments on it,” Loretta says.

“Even people who I talk to that drive by on their way into town.

“Everyone says it’s an amazing colour – it goes so well.”

She’s a qualified interior designer and also a bookkeeper.

The barn has a kitchen and bathroom as well as an office set up on the mezzanine floor.

“It was all perfectly done, there were no problems, it’s the most amazing shed,” she says.

“The build was exceptional, the fella who put it up was amazing.

“They paid amazing attention to details and they were very clean and neat.”

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