Barn homes are so much more than houses that look like barns. There is so much history behind barn architecture and the essence of a barn that brings up comforting thoughts of simpler days. Barns usually conjure up images of horses and cows along with other animals, standing or sleeping in the hay. Of course, the unpleasant odours of barns also come to mind, which isn't at all what we want our homes to smell like. The truth is, even though a home may look like a barn from the outside, it will be nothing close to the original concepts of a barn on the inside. That means no animals in the main living areas and, you guessed it, no pungent odour either, thank goodness. Although, there is the option to have a hybrid barn and home combination where the animals live in one area of the home that is closed off from where humans live. People have used barns for thousands of years to host their animals and farming equipment, but it wasn't until the 20th century that people made houses that looked like barns. Or, even houses from older barn buildings by restoring them and bringing a new purpose to them.
So there are a couple of ways you can get into a barn home of your own. You can either find an older barn that is able to be repaired and restored to become a home, or you can build a new barn home from the ground up. It all depends on the individual and what they prefer. For some, the whimsy of taking a century-old barn and completely renovating it into a home would be a dream come true. To remember all of the hard work that was done on the farm and to celebrate it by living in the walls of the barn is such a beautiful thing to do. Some barns just need some more stabilization and insulation as well as interior finishing to become a gorgeous home. If the barn is in good enough shape, the work could even be fairly minimal. Although there are other barns that are in need of far more work to become a home which could take longer and require more money invested but would still end up being amazing, there is also the other option of restoring part of a barn and adding onto it too, or taking materials from a barn and using them for a new project.
If the wood from the old barn is still in decent shape, you can use it as siding or for furniture in the new barn home. Either way, you'd still be bringing some of the charm of the past building into the newer space with you which is always wonderful. Building a new barn home is made easier with all of the new barn home kits available from different companies. They will manufacture all of the parts and pieces of the barn home design that you choose and then ship all of the materials to your property for you to build. This could require having a foundation set up if there isn't already one in place too. The interiors of these homes are also a beautiful aspect of barn home design. Most of the floor plans are left nice and open with high ceilings and exposed beams, much like a post and beam home or log home. It's great to see that barns aren't just a thing of the past and that people are still interested in living in and restoring old buildings or adding new homes that look like these older homes that are full of charm and character.