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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.