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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.

Choosing the Right Lumber for Custom Wood Projects

Lumber for Custom Wood Homes

Know your wood

Whether you’re building a deck or a lavish stable, decisions about building materials are critical to the durability and appearance of the project. As a general rule, the long-term performance of wood, or composites, weighs heavily on material quality and decay resistance, either natural or that imposed by chemical treatment. A quick review of the following basic materials, both the advantages and downfalls, may aid in the decision-making process for your next project.

  • Cedar

Prevalent in the Pacific Northwest, cedar trees have developed self-protective qualities that allow the trees to fend off insects, rot and temperature related stresses. That makes cedar very useful in structure building where humidity, temperature, and cracking are a common problem. Cedar is not typically used as a structural component in construction because it is much weaker than its counterparts; redwood, cypress, or pressure treated lumber. Cedar is best used as the decorative, exposed portions of a project. Cedar is usually about twice the cost of pressure treated lumber but only half as much as redwood.

  • Redwood

Similar to cedar, these towering giants also have chemicals within their foliage and bark that make them resistant to fungal disease and insect infestation. Redwood’s internal cell structure also allows them to hold large amounts of water and air in pockets, so it works well for insulation and thrives in high-moisture areas. Redwood is famous, and expensive, due to its rich red color. Left untreated, through stains and sealers, the wood will turn to dull grey. This material is also only typically used on exposed portions of structures due to its cost, nearly four times as much as pressure treated lumber.

  • Cypress

Cypress is found in common and premium grades, localized mostly in the Southeastern U.S. It’s a tan, reddish color, somewhat lighter than redwood, and is equal to redwood and cedar in its resistance to insects and rot. Cypress is typically used for both structural and ornamental purposes but it’s certainly not a cheap material. While less expensive than redwood and cedar, cypress is really only affordable if you live in the Southeast – the farther you are away, the more expensive it becomes.

  • Pressure-Treated (PT) Wood

With a more pronounced grain than cedar, redwood or cypress, PT lumber is made mostly of southern yellow pine, and occasionally fir. PT wood is most commonly used as the structural material for projects and occasionally with the right stain, can be used as the decorative material as well. The wood is treated with chromated copper arsenate (CCA) which is used as an insecticide/preservative, as well as simple water repellant. Arsenate has been reported as potentially toxic to humans and animals and it is advisable to determine the type of treatment was used before purchasing the lumber. Less toxic, chemically treated lumber is now available that doesn’t contain arsenate, but is slightly more expensive compared to the bargain price of PT lumber. When working with PT lumber, of any kind,  it is recommended to wear gloves and a dust mask.

  • Tropical Hardwood

In the past ten years, tropical hardwoods have become more abundant, but still remains one of the most expensive building materials, by far. The reason for the added cost is due to the shipping costs and their durability that eclipses both redwood and cedar. These hardwoods have a life expectancy of 40 years, minimum, and are resistant to insects and decay. Other than the cost, other drawbacks include: most tropical hardwoods need to be predrilled for fasteners and there are major ecological concerns as to the harvesting of these materials.

It’s a good idea to check out the local building codes for your area before starting a project. No matter what type of wood you decide on, it’s important to take into consideration the size of the structure, use, climate, and soil type before building any structure.