Barns and Barn House

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Features Include:

  • 1½ story or two story
  • Simple vertical lines
  • Gable or Gambrel roof style
  • Wood vertical siding
  • Metal roofs
  • Modest exterior ornament
  • Open floor plan

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In the European Middle Ages, post and beam construction was used in churches, theater, and other large gathering places. In the 1600's when settlers first arrived in American, it became the standard of construction known for its strength and durability. The pioneers needed a structure that would hold up to major variations in temperature and weather. Using native building material such as wood, clay, brick, stone, and slate, the post and beam structure made a natural fit. The pioneers originally built homes using this construction method, which was easy to adapt, often built small homes planning on additions because their first priority was the construction of a study barn. The clean, simple lines of a post and beam frame gave the structure strength while allowing the large open spaces needed for agriculture.

This barn style of architecture became the foundation for modern barn homes. The look of an antique barn offers today's homeowner all of the conveniences and benefits of contemporary living. The warmth of the wooed, the strength of the post and beam frame, and the open floor plan that have captivated homeowners for many years.


Popular barn styles include: New England, New World Dutch, English (Yankee or Connecticut), German Ground, Prairie, Pennsylvania, Swing-Beam

Schiffer Publishing LTD. Barn Style Living, Atglen, PA, Tina Skinner and Tony Hanslin:2005.






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