My husband and I are making major changes in our lifestyle and are seriously thinking about building a barn home to live in.
We love the thought of recycled materials. We would heat with an outside wood burner and try to make it as energy efficient as possible.
Have you done anything like this for anyone to date?
You have come to the right place! We can help you with your project. Our post and beam barn kits are fairly simple to build. If you have some experience building you can handle the whole project yourself no need for specialized skills such as the fine joinery techniques used to build a typical timber frame barn.
Our barns are built using steel plate joinery. Its as simple as following the construction guide, and simply bolting everything together.
I would recommend using our new white pine timbers for the framework. They are easier to work with and cost less.
They are still a green product because they are cut locally using less fossil fuels and are sustainably harvested.
Once you get the white pine framework up you can cover it with reclaimed wood siding and interior coverings.
The cost to build one of these is competitive and sometimes less than conventional stick built homes.
Outdoor wood furnaces are a good choice for a project like this, because of the open floor plan you don’t want duct work showing everywhere so some hidden radiant floor heat works well.
The machine shop that builds our steel plates also makes a really nice outdoor wood burner if that is of interest to you.
Give me a call anytime and I would be happy to get started designing your dream barn home.