Pole barn homes are much different than Post and beam barns. 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 2x12. Then conventional trusses are placed on the 2x12 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.
A post and beam barn. They are designed for beauty and longevity. They have rough cut full dimension posts and beams that are fastened together with heavy duty steel plates.
Post and beam barns 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 barns 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.
Another advantage is, timber frame barns don’t have any load bearing walls. The whole frame is supported by the posts and timbers. This gives you many options in the floor plan and layout of your barn cottage. You can have a very open floor plan, with dramatic cathedral ceilings, and large windows that look out on your land.
You truly have the freedom to dream and dream big with a post and beam barn villa of your very own!
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Jul 22, 19 06:04 AM
Selling house and buyers do not want the barn. Barn built in early 1900’s outside typical wear and tear. Inside in very good condition never had water
Jul 15, 19 08:55 AM
Barn wood - 100 year old high quality old growth Dunnville, Ontario (Haldimand County) Approximately 70” by 40” with impressive amount of timber beams
Jul 12, 19 08:29 AM
To be Sold at auction July 20, 2019 https://www.proxibid.com/aspr/Hand-hewn-barn-frame-labeled-and-dismantled/48945771/LotDetail.asp?lid=48945771 36x44
Jul 08, 19 03:03 PM
The barn has 8x8 beams most are hand hewn. The outside wood is 7x 12' and weathered gray. It has hay lofts on both sides. It has a shingled roof. The
Jun 29, 19 09:36 PM
This Barn frame dated 1830s, measuring 40 x 53. This Barn has 4 bent sections with a bent layout of 19' - 15' - 19'. This Barn has very large 10 x 15 hand
Jun 25, 19 06:19 AM
Pictures can be seen at https://link.shutterfly.com/vu8OWeCQCX Beams are rock elm hand hewn. This barn is in very good shape. This barn would be a good
Jun 24, 19 07:26 PM
This Barn frame dated early 1840s, measuring 35 x 45. This frame has four bent sections with a bent layout of 18' - 14' - 12'. What makes this Frame so
Jun 13, 19 11:00 PM
I have two barns on my property that I'd love see get a new lease on life. Both barns have roof damage but still have loads of excellent lumber. The barns
Jun 12, 19 09:08 AM
This Barn is dated late 1830s. Measuring 30x59 the Bent layout Is 19'22'18'. It has full length 9 x 10 low and mid rafter plates. The uprights measure
Jun 11, 19 12:10 PM
The Rahm barn frame dates to early 1860’s. This all handhewn barn frame measures 40’x64’ along with an original build 8’ overhang. The bent layout is 14’-14’-14’-22’.
Jun 10, 19 11:05 AM
Old 1790 Salt box style barn 30 x 40 foot located in Middleburgh NY 12122 Siding is ceder in decent shape painted red in the past but faded with a weathered
May 31, 19 05:05 PM
20 X 40 old barn. South Fort Worth / Crowley Texas. First floor has 8 foot ceilings, two tack rooms: 6 X 8 and 6 X12. Made of spruce, and fastened with
May 28, 19 02:06 PM
This 40’x60’ barn , circa late 1830’s has all 12”x12” uprights and tie beams thru out the barn. The barn has (3) 20’ bays. All the siding girts are large
May 28, 19 10:22 AM
This barn measuring 46’x100’ , circa early 1860’s is all an original build. It has (5) 20’ bays. The barn has wonderful bent designs with north bent having
May 21, 19 10:15 AM
We estimate that the barn was built around the 1890s. The barn has been pretty well protected by a metal roof, so the interior wood, including some beautiful