From Crafting to Barn-Styled Homes

After crafting for some time I noticed a barn style that emerged. I also realised that I wanted to challenge myself further and go from crafting to constructing a barn-styled house, which would see me use the skills I have gained from crafting to design the interior of the space, however, I would need assistance with the build itself. The trend in barn-styled homes is constantly growing.

You do not need to live on a farm to enjoy the likes of barn houses. Since barn house designs have gained fame, there are far more choices than ever for cheap barn home layouts. You are able to construct a barn house from scratch or purchase a kit to build on site. Even when you’re not into DIY, that is OK. There are numerous businesses which handle all elements of barn house design and construction including any hire of drake low loaders or other transportation methods.

When constructing your dream barn house on your property, here are five points to think about.

  1. There are Different Types of Barn Homes

Just because there are a lot of barn layouts, barn houses are available in all sizes and shapes. You could select:

  • A pole barn: termed for its posts/poles which are inserted into the floor for assistance
  • A bank barn: constructed into the side of a mountain, using the incline of the property to supply two levels of living area which are equally accessible at the floor level
  • A round barn: named because of the shape
  • A wood frame or post-and-beam barn: in both methods, architectural timbers are on show and exposed
  • A barn-inspired house that defies definition

Most barn houses honor conventional architectural features of a barn, such as:

  • Open floor plans
  • Vertical shiplap siding
  • Gambrel or gable rooflines
  • Cupolas and oversize sliding doors
  • Varying timber products spread across the house

Whichever style you choose should reflect your style and character, and possibly also reflect the conventional barn designs of your area.

  1. Planning Your Own Barn Home Design

Most barn houses have a spacious floor plan with an attic, however, there are an infinite number of choices within that layout. Before beginning planning, check the local building codes and gathering the required licenses, and work within these regulations to decide the many areas of your layout.


Your lender, insurance company, and construction inspector may not think that a barn house is a permanent structure, which makes it a challenge to gain funding, insurance or an occupancy permit. The problem: Pole barns often see the absence of conventional (permanent) foundations. Do your research to find out whether a concrete base is essential.


Hardwood, laminate, bamboo, tile, polished concrete, the choices are endless when it comes to flooring. Pick the material that matches best with your desirable aesthetic and way of life.


In conventional post-and-beam structure, the spacious floor plan ensures there aren’t any interior design partitions. The open area, while amazing, which makes it hard to set up outlets and pipes because no inside walls signify no place to conceal pipes and outlets.


Climate will dictate the most suitable heating options. Bear in mind, a fireplace or woodstove will include a snug charm in addition to warmth element to the area.

  1. Building Your Barn Home

In deciding whether to handle the construct yourself or call in contractors, think about questions such as: How complicated is your layout? Can I have the correct materials and tools (preparing the site, could call for specific equipment)? Am I comfortable installing and choosing finishes and materials? In general, you’ve got three choices when it comes to the building process:

Start from Scratch Yourself

You are able to “stick build” a barn house, cutting every piece of timber and building the house from the bottom up, however, you can find also barn kits accessible through builders, which are sent and assembled on site.

Renovate an Old Barn

To flip a real barn right into a house, it’s likely to buy an old barn framework which has been hammered and have it sent to the site. Architects and builders offering this non-traditional approach include the framing bits, photographs of the barn and directions for re-assembling it.

Phone in a Contractor

In case DIY seems daunting, with getting the permits or having to hire slab scissors, there are businesses which handle the whole process from the design through to construction.

  1. Barn Home Prices are Varied

Building a barn house is no different than building (or purchasing) a conventional house: there are large variations in cost. Doing it the DIY way incorporating recycled materials and basic finishes will be less costly than hiring a builder to build a grand house with top-level finishes.

  1. Consult Other Barn Home Resources Before You Construct

Although there is an abundance of how-to guides such as barn houses, these typical barn building books provide basics on constructing barn structures:

  • Practical Pole Building Construction, by Leigh W. Seddon (1985)
  • Low-Cost Pole Building Construction, by Ralphe Wolfe (1980)
  • The Complete Guide to Building Classic Barns, Fences, Storage Sheds, Outbuildings, Greenhouses, Farm Equipment and Tools, by Tim Bodamer (2012)

Additionally, there are countless blog and websites dedicated to this subject.

As barn houses gain popularity, contractors and architects are getting more familiarised with the procedure, with more consulting services being stablished to help to lead you through the DIY build. Whether you recycle a classic barn, assemble a simple pole barn or commission a builder to construct a luxury barn house, it is an exceptional statement about your love of farm-inspired living.