Hangar Loft Remodel

This is a story of big dreams and heavy lifting. It’s our story of making this home in an airplane hangar:

clemons family

(Image by Mike Greener)

In June 2011, my husband and I purchased a filthy, cluttered vintage airplane hangar between the snowy mountains of Montana. We had big dreams for turning the steel structure into a clean and modern space where we could work on Gadanke and raise a family. We knew it wouldn’t be easy – the best things in life never are!

 

1. The way it was:

You walked into the hangar and had to navigate carefully because there was stuff everywhere. It was filled with memories that probably should have been removed long ago. And the junk! Oh, the junk. Read the photo story…

2. Out with the old:

After three intense months of decluttering the hangar, we were on a first name basis with everyone accepting donations at the thrift store, the recycling center, and even the dump. We weren’t even close to finished with the cleaning and decluttering, but we had to stop. Old man winter was fast on his way to Montana, and we needed a place to live. Read the photo story…

3. Planning our home sweet loft home:

We wanted big windows, we wanted breezy rooms – all pretty basic stuff until you start looking at the structural beams that made up the hangar that we were building our house inside of. They were all steel, and they weren’t going anywhere. Read the photo story…

4. Martin’s geothermal heating system:

Martin is an electrical engineer. Designing and building our heating and cooling system was a huge dream for him. His system extracts heat from the earth during the winter, and in the summer, it uses the same water for cooling. Read the photo story…

5. Building a home sweet loft home:

It’s kind of a weird thing to build a house inside a structure. When you put up a wall, you can never touch it again. And that’s where our construction began. Read the photo story…

6. Our reclaimed wood kitchen:

We must have played around with a dozen kitchen designs before sketching the one we loved. Then we rolled up our sleeves and began building with 1950s maple flooring. (Well that’s not quite accurate. I mean, we never unrolled our sleeves! Read the photo story…

7. Building an office:

This post is a work in progress as Gadanke moves to a bigger office. Yay!

8. Green building

We’re addicted to the idea of a warm space of our own. It’s so consuming right now that I almost forget to pause and write to you about the green decisions that we are making. Read the photo story…

9. Moving in:

We couldn’t feel luckier or more alive than we do this weekend. We’re in! Read the photo story…

10. Living here (with baby!):

Last week, we had a quiet day at our little corner of the airport. We didn’t need to go anywhere, and we weren’t expecting anyone. It was, in essence, the perfect day to document life at the hangar. Read the photo story…