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What is unique about our shell components?

  • Post and beam frame: All of our timbers are seasoned and dried. We do not use green or unseasoned timbers in our homes. We offer an all kiln dried Douglas Fir frame.
  • True Roof Panels: Yankee Barn’s roof system is the only panelized roof with a built-in vent. This free air venting keeps the outer roof cold and greatly reduces icing and ice dams at the roof surface. The panel joint is designed for a very low risk for panel gap and retards moisture migration from the living areas from infiltrating the roof.
  • True Wall Panels: Yankee Barn’s wall panels are fully wood framed, load bearing with high insulation values (R-26), with most windows installed reducing labor on site. We use CDX Plywood as the exterior sheathing.

How long does it take to design, build and raise my Yankee Barn Shell?

The design process typically takes two to four months to customize your home plans. You will work with a Yankee Barn Homes project planner and our tech department to come up with a floor plan and exterior look that you desire.

From the time you have settled on your plans/design, and made your 20% down payment; it typically takes four months to finalize shop construction drawings, order materials, fabricate, and build your shell components.

Most Yankee Barn Shells are enclosed and ready for siding and roofing in 12 to 17 days, based on a four man crew working with our Yankee Barn Homes Shell Specialist.

How long will it take my builder to finish my Yankee Barn Home?

Typically most Yankee Barn Homes will be ready for you to move into in four to eight months after delivery to the site, depending on your builder’s other commitments and the size of the structure.

Who would plan my Yankee Barn?

We work directly with you (or your architect) to design your shell and floor plan. The floor plans on our site are primarily used for design inspiration. We can make changes to any exterior/interior floor plan to better suit your individual needs or start 100% from scratch to design a truly custom home to meet your specific site requirements, your lifestyle, wants and needs.

How much do Yankee Barn homes cost?

Building costs are often comparable to a custom stick frame when using the same level of quality materials and design elements. Actual finish costs depend on region and builder chosen to complete the home. On average, we find that our homes have a finish cost around $250 and up per square foot depending on interior finishes. Finish cost does not include land or site work.

Does Yankee Barn Homes sell their plans?

Our plans have a copyright and are not for sale.

How do I find a builder?

Yankee Barn Homes can assist you in finding a builder in your area. We have years of experience with quality builders in most parts of the country. Yankee Barn Homes also has crews available who are willing to travel for a shell assembly; these crews would be responsible for getting the Yankee Barn Homes components assembled. Some customers choose this option, and then hire local tradesmen to finish the job. Our crew’s have completed shell assemblies coast to coast.

Can I act as the general contractor/owner?

Yankee Barn Homes does not recommend that our owners act as their own general contractors.

How are Yankee Barn roof panels different from SIP roof panels or conventional framing?

SIP’s, or Structural Insulated Panels, are manufactured composite panels used in the construction industry. They are a sandwiched panel with a core of polystyrene or polyurethane foam between two layers or OSB (Oriented Stand Board/ Particle Board), or drywall. Yankee Barn roof panels are a patent pending system based on efficiency and ease of construction. The roof panels begin with 2×6 or 2×8 conventional framing to meet building code standards. Individual parts of the panel are fastened with nails rather than with a chemical bond or adhesive, as SIP’s are constructed, to maintain structural integrity. We use a rigid foam insulation with a very high insulation value. Each panel incorporates two criss-crossing layers of insulation to reduce thermal breaks and heat loss. Built into the panel design is a full width roof vent space to assure a cold roof deck, as required by many shingle manufacturer’s warranties. This air space also helps to minimize ice dams and prolongs the shingle life. Yankee Barn’s roof panels are more forgiving during installation.

How are Yankee Barn wall panels different from Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs)?

The Yankee Barn Homes exterior walls are structural and designed to carry the roof loads at the eaves, as part of our Building System, and they meet or exceed all national and local building codes. The Yankee Barn wall is framed using conventional 2×6 studs and 5/8″ CDX plywood, and come with most windows installed. Our standard wall is insulated within the stud bays with 4″ of solid polyisocyanurate foam, leaving an air space of 1 1/2″ to the inside for wiring chases. We leave the bottom 4″ of the blue-board off at the first floor level to facilitate the wiring as well. By building our own panels, we can offer a complete wall system with windows as well as having a wall which is very easy to wire for electricity. The wall panels come larger than SIP’s; they can easily be trimmed or modified; they install quickly and you can hang cabinetry without extra bracing.

How is the Yankee Barn joinery different from Mortise and Tenon? Are there benefits?

Yankee Barn uses a system of joinery over 1000 years old called Half Lap Joinery. Picture the way bricks are overlapped and laid in a chimney; one brick is half lapped over another. This joinery system is known for its great strength and for its ease and cost efficiency of fabrication and assembly. Because of these simpler connections, our frame can be assembled by a general carpentry crew without the need for a specialized joinery crew. When completed the half lap joints offer a more attractive look with clean, simple lines. Mortise and tenon joinery is significantly more labor intensive to cut and assemble, and all of the workmanship disappears from view after installation.


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Upcoming Events

  • Explore Yankee Barn Homes Day

    June 2, 2017

    Grantham, NH

    Please join us this spring for a fact-finding day at our facility in Grantham, NH. You'll learn everything you need to know about the design and building process of a Yankee Barn Home followed by a construction walk-through at one of our local projects. Call 800-258-9786 or email for more information. We look forward to seeing you!
  • Yankee Barn Homes East Hampton Private Event

    June 16th, 2017

    East Hampton, NY

    fieldview 300x300Please join us for an exclusive private event being held in East Hampton at our Fieldview home on Friday, June 16th. This event is a testament to the growing presence of Yankee Barn Homes in the Hamptons marketplace. Jeffrey Rosen, Yankee Barn Homes Creative Director, as well as Kerri Terwilliger, Lead Design Manager, will be available to discuss any questions you may have about Yankee Barn Homes, our design process or anticipated costs. We hope you can attend as it will be an excellent opportunity to tour a newly constructed Yankee Barn home, as well as discuss your future build project. To RSVP, please email or give us a call at 800-258-9786. Be sure to register by Friday, June 2nd, as space is limited. We look forward to seeing you!

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