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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May 22, 17 01:24 PM
Late 1800's barn made of white oak beams cut from the woods that is on the property. Two story split. Beautiful hand hewn beams. Buyer must tear down and
May 17, 17 06:26 PM
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May 15, 17 08:37 AM
I have an 1822 hand hewn and pegged barn for sale. The approximate information is as follows: Size: 80' x 60' Beams: I counted 15, 35 long, 8x8 in
May 13, 17 05:22 PM
We have a 40x70 hand hewn barn frame for sale in Nappanee, IN. Most of this frame is in great shape and would make a great conversion barn for a house
May 11, 17 02:05 PM
Hello barn people! You are who I need! I am buying property to erect a barn and want to salvage rather than new build if possible. I wonder the best way
May 10, 17 11:45 PM
PUBLIC AUCTION SATURDAY, May 20, 2017: BARN measuring approx. 98’ x 38’. Circa 1850 to 1870. Hand Hewn timbers, pegged throughout, some chop cut.
May 09, 17 12:33 PM
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May 05, 17 01:43 PM
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May 05, 17 12:18 PM
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May 05, 17 11:44 AM
I am interested in your high top horse barn and would like to use metal siding can I do this? Is there a big cost difference between metal or your wood
May 04, 17 09:21 AM
This barn is 22'x28' with a full loft. It also has a divider wall down the center made of ship lap type wood in good condition. The 2 sliding doors still
May 01, 17 11:28 AM
It will be hard to see this old barn go someday but it is right in the way for my new shop to be built in 2018. This barn was built I’m told around 1910.
Apr 28, 17 05:26 PM
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Apr 26, 17 04:12 PM
Main Barn is 55’ 6” x 36’ Lean-to is 17’ x 36’ Wood Species Unknown All Hand Hewn CASH Up Front! Additional Pictures Upon Request Looking for reasonable