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 18, 17 06:23 PM
The barn is a combination of hand hewn beams and rough sawn rafters, purlins and flooring. There is a hay loft in the eastern 1/3 of the barn. The barn
Nov 06, 17 03:47 PM
This large barn has a lot to offer! One half of the historic barn dates to pre-civil war with hand hewn beams. The other historic half is also very old
Oct 14, 17 09:08 AM
Built in 1930. Approximately 40x60, poplar board wood siding weathered grey, sawn beams 8x8 2nd floor loft 1/8 falling down because of storage that has
Oct 12, 17 09:01 AM
This old 1890's barn is in original condition and never painted. The two sides were additions using the lumber from the original barn. Had wood shingles
Oct 05, 17 04:57 PM
We just completed the barn raising on the Bellweather Historic Barn Frame dated 1864. This barn measures 40'x62' and is located in Wakeman Ohio. The crew
Oct 03, 17 10:10 AM
1860’s Barn frame for Sale Ideal for an event, structure, house, or studio. 40’x80’ 5 bent hand hewn native hardwoods 11”x11” timber frame, excellent
Sep 27, 17 12:02 PM
I have a 40x50 bank barn for sale. Built 1874, 10x10 main beams. Slippery rock PA. Beautiful structure. Not sure of wood type. Roof is in good condition,
Sep 20, 17 08:50 PM
Looking for general quotes on removal of an old bank barn and an old small barn (formerly used for a granary), along with their foundations (concrete,
Sep 09, 17 12:23 PM
Our 1860's homestead has a dilapidated barn. The stone house on the property was built in 1867. We determine the barn to be the same period. Roof collapsed
Aug 27, 17 10:39 PM
It's a stately old 36x46 wide barn that has been weathering gracefully most of it's long life. It's waiting for someone who would humanely disassemble
Aug 19, 17 04:28 PM
My wife decided we need some chickens for our little farm so I told her I'd build her a coop. After looking at multiple designs I fell in love with the
Aug 15, 17 02:39 PM
Timeless Barn Company, LLC has for sale a circa 1850s timber frame barn. This barn is located in Clinton County, Indiana and must be moved as the land
Aug 09, 17 09:33 AM
Timeless Barn Company, LLC has a 22x14 timber frame up for sale. $15,000 plus shipping to your site. Timbers are clean, sound and ready to go. Rafters
Aug 04, 17 02:02 PM
For sale: Melvin's Cabin Melvin's Cabin is a 24x24 small barn with 8x14 hand hewn beams. It was built in the 1800s and is reputed to have been a one
Aug 03, 17 04:06 PM
**Ohio Valley Barn Salvage** Barn conversion frame for sale at Ohio Valley Barn Salvage. True 40'x60' 1870's all handhewn barn frame. Bent layout is 14'-14'-16'-16'.