I remember my mother saying, “Wipe your shoes! Do you think you live in a barn?” Now, when I look at the Midway barn designed and built by Jake Jorgenson (Jorgenson Builders, Midway), I only wish I could live in this one. Plus, it inspires me to wipe my feet.

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My love for living in a barn began with the Armstrong Barn in Park City. My friends wished to preserve a barn and decided living in the loft would make for a beautiful residence.

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I am seeing and photographing these combination barns and living spaces more often. This one belongs to horse lovers and is adjacent to the main home. It’s a getaway, party space, and a guest suite in addition to a quiet home office. The horse stalls seem no less luxurious than the human play space.

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With Labor Day approaching to mark the change of seasons, I will quote the Greek poet Hesiod, “It will not always be summer; build barns.” And then, invite me over for a party.

— Scot Zimmerman

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