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Bank Barns: Sloping Terrain Becomes An Asset

One of the most common mistakes made when building a barn or a home is thinking the terrain needs to be altered to suit the structure. Consider taking a cue from past centuries and turn that thought  around by allowing the site to determine the structure. Altering a site is expensive and often times totally unnecessary.  Working with a site allows buildings to look totally natural; as though they belong to the terrain as opposed to being set on it.

This bank barn adds to the view instead of detracting from it.

This is especially true when it comes to a barn. Whether for livestock, machinery or human inhabitants, the barn is a structure that is part of the land; it signifies both utility and rustic beauty.

This is a gorgeous bank barn renovation.

Bank barns can be in a wide variety of styles and for just about any purpose. Cupolas and dormers, as well as sliding barn doors are but a few options that make each barn unique. Here are a few examples of bank barns designed to be as useful as they are attractive.

The front view of a new bank barn built by Yankee Barn.

The same barn as seen from the back.

This bank barn has a large gable dormer on the front which adds a fair amount of space on the top floor.

A full shed dormer is another way to add floor space to a bank barn.

The simple elegance of this red bank barn is unmistakable.

Should you find yourself in need of a barn and happen to have a spare hillside, you’re in luck as the bank barn is the perfect structure for you!

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2 Responses to Bank Barns: Sloping Terrain Becomes An Asset

  1. Peter Urbanski November 10, 2010 at 1:37 pm #

    Hi Beambabe,
    I love your title! I recently ran across your blog. I would LOVE to photograph the bank barn (the gray barn at the top of the page without the silo top) at the beginning of this article. Is it in NH? If it is, I would love to know its location. I would be more than happy to send you a very nice water color print of it after I photograph on a beautiful winters day.


    • beambabe November 10, 2010 at 1:52 pm #

      Hi Peter,

      Thanks for the compliment; glad you found us!

      Unfortunately, the barn you refer to is not in NH, it’s in the western portion of PA, and I have to sadly admit, I forget exactly where.


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