What Everybody Ought to Know about Traditional Wood Barns

What Everybody Ought to Know about Traditional Wood Barns

There's nothing quite like a "Traditional Wood Barn" to make you feel like you're in the country. Today people still use barns for keeping their horses, equipment and toy storage, detached garages, party barns, loft living, event centers, wedding facilities, along with many people choosing to live full time in wood barn designed homes.

This 22 by 48 foot traditional wood barn is located in Iowa. The Ponderosa Country Barn features 12 foot closed lean tos. This traditional wood barn is from a Sand Creek Post & Beam wood barn kits, which features the strength and beauty of post and beam timber frame construction. Sand Creek Post and Beam are the leading manufacturer of custom designed wood barn and barn home kits. They are a family owned company, located in the heart of rural America at Wayne, Nebraska. Their focus is on post and beam construction, using historic designs, and having exceptional customer service. They have had the pleasure of assisting over 1,000 customers with their dream barns in 48 states including Hawaii, as well as several Canadian provinces. There are different types of barn structures you might be interested from wood barns, barn homes, event barns, barn Kings, pavilions, windmills and accessories. You won't believe how beautiful some of these barn structures are, this company is keeping the tradition of barns alive with their quality builds. Their custom designed barn kits have been used as full time residences, lake houses, cabins, loft apartments, secondary homes, and combination use barn and home. Rustic yet sophisticated, their barns are pre manufactured, shipped as a kit, and built to last generations

A barn is typically an agricultural building primarily located on farms and used for many purposes, most often for the housing of livestock and storage of crops. In addition, barns may be used for equipment storage, as a covered workplace, and for activities such as threshing. The word barn is also used to describe buildings used for uses such as a tobacco barn or dairy barn. Byre is a word for one type of barn meant for keeping cattle. In the United States older barns were built from timbers hewn from trees on the farm and built as a log crib barn or timber frame, although stone barns were sometimes built in areas where stone was a cheaper material for building. In the mid to late 19th century barn framing methods in the United States began to shift away from traditional timber framing to truss framed or plank framed buildings. Truss or plank framed barns reduced the number of timbers instead using dimensional lumber for the rafters, joists, and sometimes the trusses.

Timber framing and post and beam construction are methods of building homes with heavy timbers rather than dimensional lumber such as 2 foot by 4 foot lumber. Traditional timber framing is the method of creating structures and homes by using heavy squared off and carefully fitted and joined timbers with joints secured by large wooden pegs. It is common in wooden buildings from the 19th century and earlier. This method of building comes from making things out of logs and tree trunks without modern high tech saws to cut lumber from the starting material stock. Using axes, adzes, and draw knives, hand powered auger drill bits, and laborious woodworking, artisans or farmers could gradually assemble a building capable of bearing heavy weight without excessive use of interior space given over to vertical support posts.

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