We all know that barns house cows, pigs, and chickens, but for one Nebraska woman, she also now calls it home, exchanging straw and hay for wood floors and carpet.
"Hi welcome my home, which is also my barn." No Cheryl Holliday didn't misspeak, she actually calls a barn her home. "This area is where they used to milk the cows. The cow extensions were still here and all the manure and everything else was here when i started."
It took Cheryl 12 years to turn her 1918 barn into a three-story house. She did most of the work herself with the help of a carpenter, her dad, and a Reader's Digest. "I did like most kids and said I don't know how and so he brought me a how-to-fix-it book and every time I couldn't decide how to do something, he said look in your book and it was in there," she recalled.
The barn has an elevator and an old stained glass window from a church. "My luck is that I have something really valuable and I cut it up, but I still have the pieces."
Cheryl loves using bits and pieces as many things you see in barn are still here. "Being a barn you don't have to be real precise with things so I could use a lot of the older things to bring in."
And of course no barn isn't complete without some animals. "Every barn has to have animals. In my laundry room I have chickens, in my bathroom I have pigs," Cheryl said.
Cheryl's main reason for the barn was having enough room for all her kids and grandkids, making it barn sweet barn. Tours of the Reborn Barn are by appointment only. Call Cheryl at 402-893-2113 for more information.
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