Want to Learn More about our Post and Beam Barn
Vermont Timber Works custom designs all kinds of
architectural barns, including
classic salt boxes, gambrels, traditional
farm style barns, equipment
barns and horse
There are many things to consider when designing a
'post and beam' barn. Horse
barns and stables often work on a 10x12 0r 12x12 grid for stalls,
and wash stalls. Storing hay
loft provides a challenge. Years ago, people would just put up summer
timber joists and throw as much hay up as they could. Today, the bales
are compacted tighter and are much heavier than in the past. Also, the
codes are much more stringent. So now we have to design for 100#/sq.ft.
loads when we are designing hay lofts. Intermediate posts are added
next to the
stall doors and the timber joists are increased in size to accommodate
Sometimes our clients just like to have a nice
timberframe barn out back or by the swimming
pool for entertainment. It is fun to have barn dances and barbeques in
open spaces that timber frames offer. We often span 40 feet with heavy
trusses for commercial buildings, which can be over 100 feet long. The
can be used for barns – a dance floor of 40x100’ is more than possible!
In the Duker barn, the open
40x40 with a 20 foot post height. The owner put a basket ball hoop on
for half court games with his buddies.
Barns that are Houses:
Large wooden barns are perfect for people who
enjoy the old style hand
hewn look of old barn beams in their homes. We hand
hew such frames the old fashioned way, with an adz and a slick.
and finishes can be applied to the hewn wood for an authentic aged
our clients have time, we put second growth hemlock timbers in our
let them weather for a few months. The result is natural barn wood
we cut into a custom timber frame. The look of weathered
beams is natural, because nature’s elements – sun, rain and water
- did the work. Like all our timber frames, almost any home design will
We like to work with our client’s architects to get the perfect feel.
Garages and Outbuildings:
Timberframes make great outbuildings. They are
open and airy, provide excellent
spaces for storage, and many of our clients like to put an office or
on the second floor.