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Project Spotlight: California Barn Builders Get Creative

As passionate home and barn builders, our designers thrive on custom projects, where their imaginations can be put to good work matching designs to clients’ dreams. Today we’re featuring the work of our California home and barn builders. Check out these gorgeous projects—they’re great representations of our designers’ unique work.

Penn Valley Monitor Barn
Beauty abounds in this monitor-style barn—and given its personalized design, it’s not surprising that owner Leslie Schoradt has exclaimed, “It’s my dream home!” With Classic Equine stall fronts and a stable comfort mattress system inside, this monitor barn is a horse lover’s dream. Gooseneck lighting pairs perfectly with the rich timber framing and striking red metal roof. Features include six stalls, a washroom, and beautiful tack room. Complete with a custom turret and rubber aisle pavers, this barn perfectly complements the Suncrest Vineyards of Traveler’s Rest in Penn Valley. Leslie explains, “What we love about this barn is it’s not just a place to house my absolute favorite treasures, it’s a destination point for us to go see.”

California Custom Barn Home Builders

Woodside Horse Barn
Our California custom barn builders’ creativity shines in this tailor-made equestrian facility. Featured here is an all-wood barn complete with five custom stall fronts, pine-covered ceilings, and stamped concrete made to look like beautiful hardwood. The gable ends feature timber trusses, cedar board, and batten siding. Complete with a customized iPod docking station, a hobby shop in the loft, and trail entry to the Woodside Equestrian Park, this barn is simply stunning.

Claifornia Horse Barn Builders

Morgan Hill Monitor Barn
Our California barn builders worked 12 hours per day, six days per week to erect this facility to exact specifications. As owner Joe Leonard recalls, “The process with DC Building was actually enjoyable, which is kind of rare with contractors.” While other contractors had focused on the negative, our own expert Dustin arrived for a walk-through, and explained how DC Building could create their dream barn.

Morgan Hill Monitor Horse Barn Builders

From the Classic Equine stall fronts to the all-wood Dutch and breezeway doors, this barn is completely custom-made. It features a beautiful wraparound porch that serves as a relaxation space and a refuge from the summer heat. Its cedar board and batten siding make the exterior shine, while post and beam framing with heavy exposed timbers gleam on the inside. Our client Joe was impressed with DC Building’s creative finishing work, which included custom-made doors, and cedar trim boards placed in alternating colors.

As these projects show, our California barn builders enjoy working closely with clients to create the perfect structures for their properties. Contact us today to arrange an initial walk-about for your California property.

Understanding Barn Home Structural Design Options

While building barn homes across the U.S., we often kick off the design process with a few basic barn types. By starting with a review of structural options, our barn builders can get a big-picture idea of which barn shapes would best suit the client. From Minnesota to Texas, barn builders in America are familiar with these common structural design options:

Shed Row Barns are simple classics. They feature a basic box design with a single-pitched roof. Shed row designs are popular for their affordability and easy customization.

Shed Rown Barn Home Builders

Monitor Barns, sometimes called Raised Center Aisle (RCA) barns, are on the other end of the barn complexity spectrum. They are named after their unique roofline, which includes a dual-pitched, triangular roof with an elevated center section. The central aisle is protected by a gabled roof of its own. As the raised center aisle is often filled with windows, RCA barns enjoy excellent circulation and natural light. For a gorgeous example of a Monitor Barn, check out the Morgan Hill Barn that our California barn builders created.

Monitor Barn Home Builders

Gable Barns have a dual-pitched roof that creates a triangular profile. This cost-efficient, straightforward design is easy to personalize with dormers and more.

Gable Barn Home Builders

Gambrel Barns may be the best-known barn design. Two distinct roof pitches—the outer pitch steep and the inner pitch shallow—create extra storage space in upper stories. This familiar barn structure dots the American landscape, making it ideal for those looking for a classic structure for their barn homes.

Gambrel Barn Home Designers

Selecting from these basic structural options is often the first step in the design process we follow with clients. However, we must emphasize our passion for custom building and barn designs. No two clients have identical experiences because each design process is customized. A DC Building design team works with each client for drafting and design meetings conducted via live web meetings. Our advanced yet approachable drafting software and cloud-based project management system allows DC Building customers to fully envision the final structure before building begins.

From Maine to Washington, barn builders from DC Building are passionate about creating stunning structures for our clients. Whatever you imagine, we can make it a reality! Contact DC Building today to learn more.

Project Spotlight: Barns with Living Quarters Across the U.S.

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We’ve built barns with living quarters across the United States, from Maine to Louisiana, and from Washington to New Mexico. Whether your ideal location is in the heartland or on a coast, we can create the building of your dreams. Today we’re highlighting four barn homes we’ve built in four very different landscapes, in Colorado, Wyoming, New Mexico, and Washington State.

Fall City, Washington
Our Washington barn builders created what our client called “the greatest barn in the world” for her horse boarding business, Four Gables Farm. Four dormers beckon visitors inside, while a shed roof creates old country charm. Downstairs, we installed six stalls, a wash bay, and a tack room. The upstairs features a luxurious wet bar, a U-shaped seating area, and a large open area that perfectly suits the weddings and other special events that Four Gables Farm hosts.

Fall City Washington Horse Barn

Taos, New Mexico
Rancho Milagro is a comfortable, multi-purpose building where our clients Ed and Trudy Healy can care for their horses and special guests. The Healys are well known as art patrons in the Taos area, and so it should be no surprise that they allowed our designers and builders free reign to carry out their creative vision. The result? A stunning barn home with a diamond theme that resonates through structural supports, deck bracing, and even barn doors. As Ed says, the motif has become a sort of trademark for the barn. The 36-foot-long structure features four horse stalls, a 12’ by 24’ tack room, a half bath, and solar-powered radiant heat in the concrete slab of the first floor. Upstairs, you’ll find a stunning 21’ by 34’ great room with 14-foot-high ceilings at the upper ridge. Cedar clad supports carry through from the barn to the living quarters; their warm honey tones shine in the Taos sunlight. An exterior Ipe deck also features the diamond design.

Ranch Milagro Barn with Living Quarters

Laramie, Wyoming: Barn with Living Quarters
Many of our clients prefer to situate their barn homes to best highlight stunning mountain views. This was certainly the case with this cedar-finished barn near Laramie, Wyoming. To withstand the region’s extremely harsh winters—50 M.P.H. winds are common, and the area averages 50 inches of snow per year—we completely weatherproofed the barn home’s exterior. Downstairs, we installed three horse stalls with automatic washers, a wash and tack room, and a laundry room with an attached bathroom. The upper story’s 1,700-square-foot apartment boasts granite countertops, a Corian shower, tile floors, and wrapped timbers. A point of pride is the fact that this barn home is entirely off the grid! Solar power and propane systems partner to power this stunning home and barn.

Laramie Barn with Living Quarters

Fairplay, Colorado
Our clients envisioned an apartment barn where they could care for their dogs, horses, and cat without commuting. To make their dream a reality, we worked into the night, bringing in different crews for framing, concrete, and finishing. After just 18 days of construction, we delivered a gorgeous high-mountain apartment barn, with 4 horse stalls, a 12’ by 24’ tack room, a generous garage/workshop area, and a covered paddock. The 1,700-square-foot living area upstairs features a soaring great room where the family can relax in their year-round, full-time residence. A second-story deck allows for summer dining al fresco. At times, this location sees 100 mile-per-hour winds, and the client notes that our quality construction work prevents gusts from whistling through windows.

Custom Apartment Barn in Fairplay Colorado

Whatever building you imagine, in whatever location, we can deliver the barn home of your dreams. Contact us today to get started.

America’s Historic Barn Types: Dutch Barns, Bank Barns & More

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Wood Barn HomeSince our nation’s dawn, barns (and the farmers they represent) have figured large in American philosophy. Thomas Jefferson understood that the newly minted republic derived its freedom and stability from citizen farmers. Lincoln passed the Homestead Act, writing, “The wild lands of the country should be distributed so that every man should have the means and opportunity of benefiting his condition.” In other words, Lincoln saw farms as a way to give every American a fair chance. And Eisenhower celebrated that “In no other country do so few people produce so much food, to feed so many, at such reasonable prices.” Throughout our history, barns have represented close-knit communities with strong ties to the land and to family. Nowadays, although fewer Americans make their living at farming, barns still resonate as powerful symbols of a simpler, more traditional way of life. As such, barns have become popular locations for events, such as weddings.

Unfortunately, barn razing has eclipsed the barn raisings that were so common in America a century ago. Older barns may be derided as eyesores in various stages of decay. Yet these historic structures deserve our attention and preservation efforts because they embody our nation’s rich, historical past.

Here we offer a little background on the types of classic barns in the United States.

Classic American Barn Types

Dutch Barns
The earliest American barns are Dutch barns. Few have survived in their original layout. You can spot a Dutch barn by its simple, massive-looking exterior, with a wide gable roof; simple, horizontal clapboard siding; a pent roof to provide protection at a central entry; and stock doors at the corners. The interior of a Dutch barn is reminiscent of a church, with a central aisle, H-shaped beam structures, and mortise-and-tenon joints with rounded ends. When well preserved, Dutch barns are stunning in their simplicity and strength.

Bank Barns
Perhaps the cleverest American barn design is the bank barn, which takes advantage of a slope to create multiple levels of productivity. Traditionally, a bank barn was built with the longest side running parallel to a slope. That way, livestock could be housed on the lower level, at the bottom of the hill. Oftentimes, this “daylight basement” level faced south, and provided a protected space where animals gathered in the winter months. The second story was level with the top of the hill, and allowed wagons carrying hay or wheat easy access for threshing and storage. Early bank barns feature stone sidewalls, with ventilation apertures to prevent fire. (While curing, green hay can produce enough heat to combust spontaneously.)

Round Barns
Barn at Mt. VernonGeorge Washington’s sixteen-sided barn at Mount Vernon is representative of the round barn’s appeal. Round barns are efficient, in that they require fewer materials to create the same amount of storage. Washington’s high-tech barn was tailor made for efficient threshing. Horses would run around a central column while stomping on wheat, working the grain out. Gaps between floorboards on the first level allowed the grain to fall through to a lower story, where it could be gathered for storage. Compared to rectangular barns, circular barns are also more stable. A final advantage is that round barns may be built with self-supporting roofs, eliminating the need for interior supports and increasing storage space.

Prairie barns, crib barns, and house barns are additional American barn types. Barn structures reflect local crops; tobacco barns with gable-on-hip roofs are common in the southeastern U.S., while dairy barns are found throughout the Midwest. Building materials vary according to location as well; Idaho barns may be built of basalt (a volcanic stone), while the Southwest boasts adobe barns. The variety of barns in our country reflects our nation’s cultural and geological diversity.

Unfortunately, as Americans move away from the country, many barns are being abandoned. A 2007 USDA census of farmers making more than $1,000 of farm income annually found that there are about 650,000 barns left in America. There are problems with this survey—it doesn’t include barns that are being used for other purposes, for one thing—but it does suggest that the number of American barns has dropped since 1950, when National Barn Alliance president Charles Leik estimates that there were 6 million barns still standing in our country.

Barn HomesFor barn enthusiasts, one encouraging trend is the growing interest in barn homes. As dedicated barn home builders, we appreciate the growing popularity in barns with living quarters attached. The barn portion of the structure is often included on the ground floor, while living quarters are situated above.

If you’re interested in contributing to the number of barns in America, contact us. We build custom barn designs, including horse barns and barns with living quarters. We can work with you to create a custom plan to perfectly fit your needs. And we are happy to work with you to include design features that echo America’s rich barn history.

[Mt. Vernon Barn Photo by Matt Howry via CC License]

DC Building’s Specialties: Barn Homes, Custom Riding Arenas & More

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For more than a decade, we’ve built stunning structures across the country. While we call Boring, Oregon home, our veteran crews travel the nation to create unique buildings for families, businesses, and their animals. Today we’re discussing the wide array of wood structures that we specialize in constructing.

Horse Barns.
As experienced barn builders, we’ve created barns across America, from private facilities to commercial barns. One of our favorite barn projects was the 3,200-square-foot HGTV Lodge created for the 2013 Country Music Awards in Nashville, Tennessee. We were able to complete the project in just five days, with over forty workers pitching in. DC Building can create one-of-a-kind barns in all sizes and shapes. We work closely with clients to create perfectly suited design solutions.

Custom Barn Design

Custom Riding Arenas.
We are passionate about building dynamic equestrian facilities were horse and rider can enjoy ideal conditions. Oftentimes, our clients prefer to combine riding arenas with barn and storage facilities, for the ultimate in multi-use performance. We work to the client’s preferences; some opt for year-round covered arenas, while others are looking for outdoor riding areas. Our industry background gives us insight into design options that equestrians value, such as drainage solutions, hoof grid systems, and caretakers’ apartments. View some of our latest projects!

Riding Arenas

Barn Homes.
We’ve built barn homes in dozens of states, from Georgia to Washington. Our clients love our fast building schedules, as well as our unparalleled construction quality. We enjoy working with customers to create the stunning structures of their dreams. Want to include a garage, a home, and a barn all in one? We can do that. We also offer barn home kits.

Barn Homes

Workshops and Garages.
Need more storage space? No problem. DC building can create the ideal workshop/garage for your needs. Whether you need a man cave, a creative space, or more play spaces for the kids, our designers can work with you to design the ideal garage/workshop.

Custom Workshop Design

Timber-Frame Barns.
Timber-frame construction is incredibly flexible; it can provide phenomenal structural support without the need for cluttering inner walls. The result? Soaring indoor spaces inside structures that will last for generations. We can work with you to create the perfect blend of modern posh and rustic charm.

Timber Frame Barn

Your Custom Design.
If your vision doesn’t fit neatly into one of the above categories, all the better! We appreciate clients who think outside the box. Whatever your dream, we can work with you to create a custom design, or to adapt a pre-drafted custom design.

To conclude, we’ll mention that we’ve also created commercial properties, from wineries to special event buildings. Contact us today to learn more about how we can create the building of your dreams.

Advantages of Post and Beam Construction for Barn Designs

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Custom Barn Homes with Living QuartersRather than using dimensional lumber, heavy timbers are used in post and beam construction. In this elegant, time-tested building style, vertical posts are anchored to concrete piers. Horizontal beams transfer structural loads to the vertical posts. The whole structure is held together with steel gusset plates or wooden joints, and the posts are secured to the foundation via steel anchors. While this construction approach dates back to ancient Egyptian, Greek, and Roman architecture, it continues to be popular for homes, barns, and other structures, due to the following advantages.

Post and Beam Construction: Benefits for Barn Designs

Stronger Framework Opens Up Interior Spaces. In a post and beam building, fewer supports are needed, due to the strength of the timbers. This allows designers to create expansive, breathtaking interior spaces

Timely Construction. The simplicity of post and beam construction allows barns to be erected quickly. Assembly is accelerated because there are fewer structural joints overall. Moreover, infill panels can be pre-constructed offsite and added to the building in a snap.

Easily Customizable Floor Plans. Post and beam structures have no load-bearing walls. The timbers do all the work. This allows you to choose exactly where you’d like to place walls, horse stalls, doors, windows, and whatever else you’d like in your custom barn home.

Indeed, because the interior walls may be made of any material, they can be mobile, assuming this requirement is included in the barn’s initial design. Imagine moving walls into place to create an additional stall, or removing walls to make space for large gatherings. This wouldn’t be possible with dimensional lumber construction.

Opportunities for Custom Touches. Connectors are key in post and beam buildings. They join together the posts and the beams, and the beams to each other. We are happy to work with clients to create custom connectors. For instance, at the Last Chance Ranch barn in West Linn, Oregon, we worked with our client to create custom knee brace connectors, which add visual interest inside and outside the barn.

Extraordinary Strength. Post and beam construction is rooted in early Oriental architecture. This construction approach would eventually sweep the globe, partially due to its inherent strength. Some medieval post and beam structures are still standing. (Indeed, some would say Stonehenge qualifies as post and lintel form of post and beam design.) Post and beam structures are often the only buildings left standing in the wake of hurricanes and earthquakes.

Natural Elegance. Exposed beams create a visual rhythm that most people find appealing. Wood is known for its innate warmth, and the airy interior spaces of post and beam construction resonate with beauty.

We have built post and beam structures all over the nation, in 24 different states. Whether you’re looking for a commercial or residential structure, with or without equine amenities, we can create a stunning post and beam edifice to your exact needs.

5 Reasons to Add a Dormer to Your Custom Barn Home

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Barn Homes Gable DormersDormers are vertically oriented windows that are located within the roof’s slope. When proportional to the roof, dormer windows add undeniable charm. Seventeenth-century French architect Francois Mansart originally invented dormers to skirt Parisian height restrictions. By pairing steep rooflines with “roof windows,” Mansart was able to create the circulation and natural light required for an additional story of sleeping quarters. Indeed, the word dormer comes from the French verb dormir, meaning “to sleep.” Dormers continue to enjoy popularity four hundred years later. Let’s take a look at the advantages of adding dormers to a custom barn homes.

Custom Barn Home Design: Dormer Benefits

Brighter interiors. Dormer windows add interior light without requiring additional square footage.

Spacious upper stories. Mansart turned uninhabitable attics into bedrooms by adding dormers. His roofline windows increased usable interior space. Today, dormers may serve as cozy reading nooks, or charming bump-outs for beds.

Exterior interest. Dormers can draw the eye toward favored architectural features. Their placement may also balance otherwise bulky, awkward elements. For instance, twin dormers can balance a heavy entrance portico while drawing the eye to the front door.

Increased air circulation. Particularly in the summer months, upper stories can be stiflingly hot. Dormers create a more comfortable atmosphere by allowing for improved circulation.

Introduce New Roofing Materials. Dormers are a great way to feature attractive new materials in a barn home design. A copper dormer roof can create visual pizzazz, for instance.

Dormers are excellent avenues for adding character to your custom barn design. Our custom design team is happy to work with you to create the ideal dormers for your barn home plans. There are many dormer styles to fit your family’s personality while complimenting the barn home’s surroundings. Contact us today to discuss the best dormer placement and style for your new custom barn home.

The Beauty of Custom Barn Homes [Infographic]

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We invite you to view our latest infographic, which explores the beauty of one of our custom barn homes – the Newnan Barn Home in Newnan, Georgia. This custom barn home is awash in beautiful and thoughtful details, such as an outdoor living area that includes a kitchen, stone chimney built with stone sourced from a local quarry and much more. The loft living quarters sit above the main level, which consists of two stalls, a tack room, a wash bay, a garage, a custom stainless steel processing room and much more. The horse stalls are insulated and were built by using reclaimed wood from the area.

At DC Building, we specialize in the design and construction of the highest quality custom barn homes. We invite you to learn more about our services.

DC Building Custom Barn Homes

Why More & More People are Building Barndominiums

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Newnan Barndominium“Did you grow up in a barn?” For kids growing up in barndominiums, the answer to this question is a hearty, “Yes!” Barndominiums are barns with living quarters attached. In some parts of the country, such as Texas, many homeowners prefer barndominiums to conventional homes. Indeed, in certain communities, barndominiums, or barndos as they are affectionately called, are more popular than traditional houses.

Barndos may feature stalls, workshops, living quarters, and storage areas, all under one roof. Some barndominium owners delight in waking to the sound of horses whinnying for their breakfast. Others use the extra space for in-home workshops. And many open up the large barn area for social gatherings.

Why are barndominiums so popular? Here are a few attractions that Texas barn builders can offer by building these modern barns with living quarters.

Benefits of Barndominiums

  1. Quick Construction. Barndominiums can often be built in a fraction of the time required for traditional homes.
  1. Bang for your Buck. Barndominiums tend to be more cost-effective than conventional houses as well. Indeed, barndominiums may be half as expensive as traditional homes! This is partially due to the metal construction that’s commonly used to create barndominiums. Barndo owners may use the money they saved on construction to add a pool, an airy kitchen, or other luxury features.
  1. Exceptional Energy Efficiency. Oftentimes, barndominiums feature foam insulation that’s sprayed in for a uniform layer of thermal protection. Compared to conventional fiberglass insulation, foam insulation tends to be far more energy efficient, making many barndominiums extremely energy efficient as well.
  2. Flexible Space Use. The metal framing of most condominiums allows owners to locate walls wherever they’d like. The external load-bearing metal walls do the heavy work, so there are few or no restrictions on where internal walls may be placed.
  1. Enjoy a strong connection to nature with the luxuries of modern construction. There’s nothing like country quiet to bring peace, tranquility, and self-discovery. Many barndominium dwellers are city transplants looking for a place to enjoy nature in comfort. Barndominiums fit the bill perfectly.

In general, barndominiums often feature soaring interior spaces. Many builders focus on an industrial style, with exposed metal and beams. Here at DC Builders, we have enough expertise in the barndominium field to offer customization to our clients. We can design and build your barndominium to match your personal style. Call us today to learn more.

Project Spotlight: 5 Amazing Barn Homes to Live In

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In today’s post, we’re highlighting five DC Building projects from across the country. Our contracting team travels the nation to create unique wood structures. Here are a few of our favorites.

  1. Newnan Barn Home in Newnan, Georgia

This custom barn features two stalls, an outdoor kitchen, a full loft living area, and a custom steel processing room for our clients’ hunting wins. Stunning timber beam construction supports soaring rooflines in the great room, where an enormous stone fireplace creates a cozy feel. The same stone chimney also opens to the outdoor kitchen on the first floor. Living quarters in the Newnan Barn Home include a master suite with a stunning claw-foot tub under its own vaulted ceiling; an additional bedroom and bathroom; and a laundry room. The main level includes a wash bay, a tack room, and a garage as well. We finished this gorgeous barn home with cedar board and batten siding.

Newnan Barn Home by DC Building

Newnan Barn Home

  1. Camarillo Barn Home in Camarillo, California

The floor plan of the Camarillo Barn Home is in the shape of a U. One arm of the U is a 36’ by 60’ barn, including a full hayloft and 8 stalls. The opposing wing is the 3,400 square-foot barn home, with its wrap- around porch looking onto stunning valley views. Connecting the home and the barn is a four-car garage with a bonus workout room and storage area. The Camarillo has it all under one roof—an asphalt composite roof, we might add. The timber frame construction use throughout makes for breathtaking, bright interior spaces. The stalls are so gorgeous that the horses must think they’ve gone to equestrian heaven! In the home, tongue-in-groove pine and spruce ceilings gleam down on stained concrete floors. To become better acquainted with this incredible property, check out the Ventura County Star’s feature on the Camarillo Barn Home.

Camarillo Custom Barn Home by DC Building

  1. The Last Chance Ranch Barn in West Linn, Oregon

The Last Chance Ranch Barn highlights our passion for customized timber frame construction. The main floor barn boasts four stalls, a 12’ by 18’ tack room, and pine wainscoting. We collaborated with the client to include custom fasteners, timber knee braces, and an open center section where a barn loft would usually be. Our designers had to think outside of the box to create structural support for this elevated area, where a customized cupola and a copper weathervane shine. Canyon gold lumber was used for the framing, and the exterior was finished with cedar batten and board siding. Around three sides of the barn, Columbia basalt wainscoting adds local flavor. A stone sitting area provides a comfortable place to watch thunderstorms underneath one of the shed roofs. On the second story, there is ample room for a pool table and bunk beds. Owner Brian Sonnenberg savors the fact that the Last Chance Ranch Barn is “A true reflection of who we are.” He continues, “The end result speaks for itself. It’s just a really great structure.”

Oregon Horse Barn Home by DC Building

House Barn at Last Chance Ranch

  1. Custom Home in Boring, Oregon

This beautiful 5-bedroom, 3-bathroom custom home is located in Clackamas County, about 20 miles east of Portland. Slate floors and granite countertops add understated elegance, while a 2000 square foot stamped patio with a retaining wall beckon outside. We crafted a custom garage door to harmonize with the exterior cedar siding. Interior features of note include a sunken tub in the master bath; cherry cabinets and a brick fireplace in the great room; and a sweeping staircase to the second floor. We invite you to view more photos of this beautiful custom home.

Oregon Custom Home by DC Building

  1. Jerseyville Barn Home in Jerseyville, Illinois
    This 3,744 square foot barn home features timber framing, shed dormers, and shed roofs on two sides for extra storage. Concrete floors with radiant heat make create a snug feeling underfoot, while a triple cupola floats above. Enormous custom windows let in plenty of natural light. We finished the exterior with cedar board and batten siding. The timber framing allows for an incredibly open floor plan.

Illinois Barn Homes by DC Building

Whatever your dream home features, we can make it happen. Contact us today to learn more about our construction services.