After we finished the barn apartment our family of five quickly grew. Our oldest son got married in the summer of 2006 and our middle son had a serious girlfriend (who later became his wife in 2009). We had definitely outgrown the barn apartment and we needed more space for our growing family. It was time to close in another third of the open-air barn.
We left the middle third of the barn open to create a breeze way. Even in the hot Texas summer a breeze can be felt coming through. Lots of time is spent, in the breeze way, talking, playing ping-pong or even catching a nap!
Martye and I turned the original barn apartment bedroom (it had 3 twin beds originally) into our bedroom. We opened what we call the "Lonesome Dove Hotel" in 2008. The hotel consists of four bedrooms, two full bathrooms and a living room. We wanted to maximize the space so we decided that twin beds in each room would allow for more visitors. In the living room we put two futon sofas that make into beds as well. The hotel can sleep 10 people comfortably but we have had more!
Martye had a ball decorating the rooms and she ended up giving each room it's own name and theme: The Spindletop Room, The Lone Star Room, The Frontier Fort Room and The Texas Courthouse Room. I added some of my own touches with my love of history. We found some neat artifacts (old maps, muskets, pistols, flags etc.) to hang on the walls that give each room something special.