Our barn, The Bennington Carriage House, is gearing up for the holiday season to begin. We are looking forward to spending time with good friends and family over the week to come. As I wrote in a past article on life in our barn, we love living in this unique home, particularly at holiday time. I know it may sound corny (no seasonal pun intended) but there really is something to the Yankee Barn lifestyle...
Yankee Barn homes display diverse architectural styles and the nuances of architecture are all about the details. Any home construction company can build a basic rectangle, but what gets done with it from that point forward will determine the architectural style of the structure. Use vertical siding such as shiplap or board and batten, add a sliding barn door, use evenly spaced small mullion windows and you have a Barn Style Home. Change that to horizontal clapboards, add a porch, use traditional windows spaced fairly evenly along the facade, and you have a Farmhouse. Keep the vertical siding, use a steeper the roof pitch, add large roof dormers and a period cupola, and you have a Carriage House. Change the siding to shingles, flatten out the roof pitch and deepen the overhang, add small dormers, a porch, keep the structure on the small side, and you have a Cottage. Use stucco with stone or brick accents and shingles or terra-cotta tiles on the roof, and you’re on your way to either English Country Cottage or Italian Villa. The exterior style of your home is determined by the exterior features you choose. At Yankee Barn Homes, the staff is highly skilled at assisting each potential homeowner in achieving the exact home style they desire, as all are extremely well versed in how to achieve numerous architectural styles. The proof is within this post; take a look![toggle title_open=”Close Me” title_closed=”YBH Architectural Style Examples” hide=”yes” border=”yes” style=”default” excerpt_length=”0″ read_more_text=”Read More” read_less_text=”Read Less” include_excerpt_html=”no”]
YBH Architectural Style Examples
Here are a few examples of the vastly different looks Yankee Barn homeowners have achieved based on their style preferences, using the same rectangular shape as a jumping off point.
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Design Interior and Exterior Looks Simultaneously
When designing your home figure out what you need for space. A home should work for you from the inside out and the outside in. Work out exterior and interior details at the same time. The floor plan really needs to work while curb appeal (for investment value, among other things) needs to be present from the get go! In other words, you need to think about all aspects of your home from the start. It will pay off in dividends down the road. Think of your floor plan like a beautiful cake. The style, or those devilish little details are the frosting – you know, the part that people can’t resist!
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Built To Last
Living in a small New England town gives me a unique appreciation for architecture, particularly that which is constructed in the post and beam tradition. As you travel down Main Street one can see all types of architectural styles sitting side by side: Federal, Greek Revival, Victorian, and American Farmhouse. Most of these homes are totally, or at least partially, of post and beam construction. The strength of these homes is often overlooked because of their charm. This is why I recommend people plan the look of the exterior as carefully as they do the interior. It shows you the flexibility a post and beam allows in achieving any architectural style while simultaneously creating homes that are built to last. After all, good bones are good bones, no matter the style or age of a home!