The Boulder Meadows is a barn style house that provides 1,902 square feet of space with three bedrooms and 2.5 baths. This timber frame barn is built into the side of a sloping hill, with the barn style house taking advantage of the extensive views. The large cupola on the top is open to space below with operable windows which let in natural light and ventilation. The Boulder Meadow barn style house has a two-car garage tucked neatly beneath the house, which keeps a simple rectangular footprint which contributes to its energy-efficient design. This eye-catching barn style house features an eat-in kitchen, dining area, great room with soaring ceilings, a first-floor master bedroom, laundry room, porch, and deck. The barn style house has large windows to maximize the natural light and capture the stunning scenic views.
The Bank Barn has a long history in North America that started when farmers still needing more room for their cattle, started building their barns based off of the traditional Yankee style into the banks and the hillsides, allowing the farmers to add one or two stories to the structure. Most commonly these bank barns had entrances on the gable ends; the bank barns had cupolas and clapboards to help with ventilation. The multiple stories in the bank barn would allow for feed and manure to be kept on the base level, along with some of their cattle. The second story of the bank barn would be dedicated to the cows, and because of the bank barn's hillside design, both levels of the barn would be accessible from the ground. A third story in the bank barn was accessed by a ladder, which would be the hayloft. Bank barns remained popular from the late 1800s through the mid-1900s.
The prairie barn is another type of barn which has become an icon of the Western and the Midwestern landscapes. The prairie barn was built with an eye toward the maximum storage of hay and grain, they were large, with several upper story lofts and long, and low roof lines. The increase in the size of these barns reflected the constant need for having more space, as the cattle now roamed the vast plains of the West and Midwest. The expansive roof in the prairie barn allowed for liberal floorspace, which could be used for livestock and further storage. The prairie barn was built in the early 1900s and would have entrances along the ends and are very open in design.
Dutch barns were a style of barn that was popular in upstate New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. The settlers in this area of the country were Dutch and brought these barn designs over from their homeland. The Dutch barn was outwardly similar in appearance to the prairie barn, with Dutch barns having long, sloping roofs and mortise and tenoned wooden beams. Dutch barns were built in the early 1800s, with simple and open designs. The barns were clapboarded, with gabled roofs and smaller side doors along with large carriage doors on the ends. These barns remain one of the rarest types of barns found in America today. The Dutch barn had side isles that would house livestock, while the center area of the barn would be used for threshing wheat similar to English barns.
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