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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Nov 12, 19 05:20 PM
According to our local auditors site, this barn was built in 1901. Dimensions are 30x40ft. I could be wrong but It appears to be board and batten and
Nov 07, 19 08:48 AM
This beautiful barn is a 30 x 30 tobacco barn on our 97 acre farm. This sits next to a creek and little waterfall. All the old timers in this community
Oct 31, 19 09:54 PM
I followed these plans and the coop turned out great. I made a few modifications. I skipped the windows, and made the legs about another half foot taller
Oct 28, 19 09:10 AM
We have a 50x35 Horse barn with 2 hay lofts. One is 35x14 and the other is 35x24. Beams are 24' long. Barn is located near Waldron, Michigan. Please
Oct 25, 19 09:26 PM
I have a old 24'x50' barn for sale, unsure of the year and species. The barn is still structurally sound and dry. Barn is 2 story with internal silo.
Oct 18, 19 04:05 PM
We purchased this barn and two out buildings in hopes of getting our foot in the door to new endeavors. Unfortunately, due to my recent unemployment and
Oct 16, 19 08:51 AM
9 old barns for sale, old bourbon distillery and tobacco barns for sale. We believe that they are upwards of 150 years old. Large beams, great wood
Oct 10, 19 05:50 PM
It's a nice barn, well worthy of moving or use for parts. I'm not interested in restoring it and wanted to sell it while it's still good. It has easy access
Oct 10, 19 05:43 PM
This old barn has been well used on a still working farm. It was built 1900’s give-or-take a few years. As is typical with most gargantuan barns, there
Oct 01, 19 09:44 AM
This is a one off building that we built from two 1850's northern Indiana Barns, it is a Colonial Saltbox Reproduction, it's footprint measures 36' wide
Sep 30, 19 06:19 PM
Over 100 year old 40x60 barn for sale. Old Algoma Mill, aka Rattlesnake Point was completed August 1912 and was part of an old Canadian Mill in Southern
Sep 27, 19 07:58 AM
Beautiful barn built in 1824 in the middle of of old historic Sumneytown. This barn has all original board and batten siding, rough sawn beams and
Sep 16, 19 10:45 AM
The Plans were great. I started it with my 3 year old daughter, trying to involve her. It was quite a fun project, but I pretty much did it alone. I
Sep 16, 19 10:39 AM
We are looking at demoing and or selling the wood on our barn. The parcel # 19-001-00-00-056-001 The Bank Barn (Typical) was build in 1901 and is located
Sep 13, 19 08:03 AM
Looking for a company in Central Indiana to take down a 60x30 barn and then reassemble on my property. It would be a 5mile move. Let me know if you