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From Barns to Homes

Posted on Mar 20, 2012

The beauty and legacy that is seen in conventional timber framing began as a natural building choice for barns. Even today, some of the oldest buildings in the country are classic barn-style structures. So what is it about a timber frame barn that has inspired homeowner’s for generation?

The Lancaster Floor Plan Concept

Barn-style Floor Plan Concept: The Lancaster

For those living on working land, traditional timber frame barns are natural parts of their everyday life. Built as a simple storage area or housing for horses and livestock, these structures retain a genuine integrity and functional layout that keeps them important no matter what their purpose may be.

Today there are many of us who are attracted to the open layout and preponderance of wood flowing through a traditional barn’s interior.  Even if we don’t have the need or desire to build a barn that doesn’t mean we can’t incorporate this feeling into our homes.

The building of  barn-style timber homes has become popular and many such homes can be found as you drive through the country. Building a timber home with a barn-like architectural flavor allows for a unique aesthetic appeal for the exterior as well as the open and accommodating floor plan.

The Lancaster is one such floor plan concept.  Recently introduced to the Riverbend portfolio, the Lancaster demonstrates the key components of a barn-style home. With 4,248 sq. ft. of livable space, clerestory windows above and square angles indicative of the style, the Lancaster concept is a testament to traditional timber framing.

To view more photos of Riverbend projects in this style, visit the barns photo gallery. There you can see the classic appeal that has inspired clients to build homes, barns and additional living spaces with this time-honored look.

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