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Traditional Post and Beam Barn Home Kits

Traditional post and beam barn home kit

Traditional post and beam barn home kit

“Pole barn dwellings are much different than post and beam barn homes. The only similarity between a pole barn and a post and beam barn is that they both have upright posts that support the frame of the barn.

Pole barns have chemically treated poles that are sunk into the ground and extend up to the top of the wall, they are then nailed together using some type of header usually a 2×12. Then conventional trusses are placed on the 2×12 headers and are spaced 24-48 inches apart.

Pole barns are designed to be as cheap as possible to pass building codes for a barn or garage. They are certainly not built to last and are not designed to be converted into a house. They cannot be connected to a basement, or to many other types of foundations.

Post and beam barn homes can be placed on any foundation. Including, wood basements, poured wall basements, cement block, concrete piers, and concrete slabs. I have even seen a 150 year old barn that had a large rock under each post and that was all that was holding that old barn up!

Post and beam barn houses have some distinct advantages over conventional construction as well. Your barn dwelling can be built on concrete piers and the basic barn shell can be built without having to worry about doing a barn to house conversion right away. Then as you are ready you can begin installing windows, plumbing, wiring, fixtures, and insulation as time and your budget allows.”

Source: Barn Geek.com

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3 Responses to “Traditional Post and Beam Barn Home Kits”

  1. Owen Geiger says:

    Maybe because I grew up on a farm, I’ve always liked barns.

  2. Juergen says:

    Thank you for this post, very useful informations for me coming at the right time. Currently, I’m making an initial timber frame plan in SketchUp, which I’ll discuss with a retired carpenter later. After implementing his suggestions, I’ll show it to an architect.
    Btw, can you check the first 3 paragraphs? Looks like a double-post…

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