We just went through a 10 day exercise in letting go. After all my talk on this website about putting an addition to our house (to make it into a 3 bed, 2.5 bath) and about adding a party barn/pool house to fulfill our longing to store lawn and cycling gear, cars, Christmas decor and my junk yard finds – last week we put an offer in to purchase an unfinished barn to house renovation project.As the story goes, the barn has stood in that spot since the late 1700’s. There used to be a sweet farmhouse next to it that tragically burned down. The family who owned the land was going to pick up and leave with the insurance money, but the insurance company said they must use the money to improve the property where the farmhouse once stood. They decided to convert the barn into a house. Then the story takes a turn…Without blasting someone else’s business all over the internet – the owner stopped having renovation work done on the project. The barn to house renovation sat in an unfinished, raw state for about two years. It was placed on the market this past Summer and it didn’t sell at the listed price. The real estate listing officially ran out, but remnants of it lingered online. When we stumbled upon the barn during our Sunday morning coffee it was love at first sight – we couldn’t schedule a viewing quick enough. I’m not exactly sure how that whole conversation went, but suddenly we went from perfectly content to we’re ready to sell our home and move – sight unseen. I think we can chalk it up to being serial real estate stalkers. We know a good deal when we see it and at this point we’re scarred from missing out on a handful of them for silly reasons. I’ll have you know we’re STILL online looking for NYC apartments even though we closed on the #ABCDJewelBox just last month! I realize we sound insatiable – I am not sure what is driving us, but I am happy that we’re both on board.This barn has FOUR full baths, three real bedrooms with full size closets, a HUGE walk in closet in the Master, a loft area, a garage, double height ceilings in many places, reclaimed barn wood beams…omgosh, so dreamy! They had installed a pool AND air conditioning. They have twice the space we currently have, a VIEW East and West, a BIG screened in porch with room to both dine and recline, and a garage – all things our current home does not offer!Not to mention, it was on the market for 1/3 the price of what our house would fetch (as is 2 beds/1.5 baths/no master bedroom addition/no party barn/no air conditioning/no pool) in the current real estate market. Once we realized this, we were both sold on the idea of moving from our home ASAP! “How soon can we list our house?” It’s just a matter of getting the barn to house renovation at the right price. For the last week we’ve been pricing out all the alterations we’d need to make it livable the way we’d want it. So exciting, right?It’s true, the barn is on a “main” road – but with that – it is only three miles from town, not ten. And while our current road is super quiet and peaceful, we don’t have any sort of a view other than trees. The thing I love most of all up here in the Northwest Corner is the open sky, specifically at sunrise and sunset. I get far more enjoyment from that than I worry about the noise from a few more cars passing by. It is the country after all…how bad could the road noise really be?But darn it, the upgrades and renovations were to many to get ourselves tied-up at the price they were willing to part with the barn for. So in the end we didn’t get this particular barn, but it’s good for us to know if the right thing does come along that we’ll be mentally ready to let go of our current home without too much apprehension.Images: My own, the Trulia listing, Hope’s Windows – BTW: I’d do those red windows featured in black, Aga Living, The rest are on my Country Decor, Barns and Outbuildings, Barn to House Renovation Pinterest Boards. Steven Gambrel from KDHamptons, Gretchen Mann via AD Design File, Jersey Ice Cream Co via Remodelista, Artists Studio Linen and Lavender, The Collectors Lonny October 2013, Country Loft via Gary DiMauro Real Estate, Barn Home via Martha Stewart, Remodelista Favorite Exteriors with Sliding Barn Doors, Providence Design, Barbara Barry Jackson Hole Farmhouse via Veranda.