Before dropping roots, buying a kid, building 1.5 houses & a few cars I’d like to rebuild/resto/retrofit an old barn into a home on a solid plot of land. The ground level could make for an excellent shop while a segregated upper level would be the living space. It’s a lot to ask from an older barn in the right, open territory so it wouldn’t be a shortcoming to just build a pole building in barn-style with this layout in mind, as far as I’m concerned.
Here are a few photos of this concept, minus shop, in all their glorious beauty.
Also, here’s a great photo of our friend Darren: