There’s a common misconception out there which goes something like this: “Barn homes are either old barns converted into new living spaces, or new structures built to resemble a rehabbed barn.” While both may be true, these two concepts are but two of the endless ways a “barn home” is interpreted in today’s architectural vernacular. I like to think of it this way: POST. BEAM. DREAM. If it can be imagined, it can be built as a barn home! REALLY!!
Okay, let’s get the standard of what we think of as a “barn home” established.
These two places, the first a large barn home and this one, a 1500 ft carriage house, are what we typically think of when we imagine a “barn home”.
Now let’s explore some other barn homes you might not have imagined would look as they do.
This post & beam barn home is located seaside in South Carolina.
This barn home was built on the coast in Rhode Island to mimic the Shingle Style homes which surround it.
This barn home farmhouse sits in the hills of Woodstock, VT.
A modern adaptation of the barn home works perfectly using symmetry and tone-on-tone color.
A new barn home salutes the Bungalow Style of the 1930s and 40s.
The Prairie Style adapts beautifully to a post & beam barn home located on the grasslands of the mid-west.
Finally, the barn home goes “Adirondack Rustic” in this mountain lakeside retreat. I love the shingles and the choice of a hunter green color with the granite stonework!
Now, hopefully, the next time you picture images of a barn home, you’ll include any or all architectural styles the imagination might conjure up!