Chuck Martin/News The core of this house on Apple Valley Drive is a barn from Genoa, Ohio, originally built about 1850. The “repurposing” of the barn will be the subject of a one-hour special on the DIY Channel at 8 p.m. Monday.


Barns that have survived in Ohio for more than 150 years are getting a new lease on life, thanks to Doug Morgan and the Mount Vernon Barn Co.

His latest effort, transforming an 1850s-vintage threshing barn from Genoa, Ohio, near Toledo, into a luxury home, went up on Apple Valley Drive this fall. It will be the subject of a one-hour special, “Barn Sweet Home” on the DIY Channel at 8 p.m. Monday.

Outside, the house has a barn-like look, but it’s inside where the barn really stands out.

The old hand-hewn beams are exposed in the great room and loft. The barn siding is used for the wall panels. The lower level, where livestock was kept, has been turned into a garage. The entry way to the lower level is part of an addition to the structure and includes a mud room and shower, while above, are the bedrooms and bathrooms.

“Barn Sweet Home” executive producer Sherry Sellers said the special will follow the entire process, from taking the barn apart to reassembling it and turning it into the core of a luxury home.

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