Unique Versatile Structures
Barns are unique, versatile, often massive structures that can be designed in any number of ways for a broad range of uses and, for over 25 years, Vermont Timber Works has been the leader in post-and-beam barn design and construction all over the USA and Canada. We know there are virtually countless reasons customers come to us wanting a barn. Some folks simply need storage for livestock, while others want to run a business from their barn or even create a barn they can live in, with sleeping lofts, an open design kitchen and roomy living room with a stone fireplace and chimney that threads right through exquisite truss work.
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Vermont Timber Works builds all kinds of post & beam and timber frame barns, for customers all around the country. Whether you need an equipment barn, a horse barn with large usable haylofts or just a barn where you can throw parties and events, we will make your dream a reality. One of the most wonderful features of barns is the vast amount of ceiling space to work with, where a few bold, rough-hewn, hand-cut beams can create an old rustic look or a series of handsome hammer beam trusses can create a spacious great room that’s perfect for entertaining. We handcraft all of our timber framed barns to give you exactly what you’re looking for, then we we ship timber frame kits to the job site to be installed by our crew or the customer’s contractor.
No matter what your vision for the barn of your dreams, we at Vermont Timber Works take the time to listen to your ideas and explain the many timber frame barn options that you have to choose from. Through a collaborative, creative process, we will help you realize the design that fulfills your specific aesthetic tastes and practical needs, providing a 3D, rotating computer generated model of your barn for you to review prior to fabrication. You will be able to see exactly how your timber frame barn will look, including the location of all posts, beams and braces. With great customer service from start to finish, the best quality timber available and competitive pricing, your custom barn will be beautiful, timeless and affordable.
Vermont Timber Works builds all kinds of post & beam and timber framed barns, including the Texas Barn pictured. We design and engineer frames for simple storage barns to fancy horse barns with large usable haylofts. Some barns have curved beams, some large wooden barns are hand hewn to match the look of antique timber frames, and some are functional – housing tractors and antique cars. Hemlock is an excellent wood for horse barns, as the horses won’t crib on it as they do in pine. Douglas Fir is a good choice for high end barns, like Kenney Stable. Barn beams can look great in homes and houses too. We also do large barn style buildings, like the Southeastern Vermont Welcome Center on Route 91 in Guilford, Vermont. Call 802-886-1917 or e-mail us to see if we can help with your project. Learn more about barns on Wikipedia. Vermont Timber Works custom designs all kinds of architectural barns, including classic salt boxes, gambrels, traditional farm style barns, equipment barns and horse stables.
There are many things to consider when designing a ‘post and beam’ barn. Horse barns and stables often work on a 10×12 0r 12×12 grid for stalls, tack rooms and wash stalls. Storing hay in the loft provides a challenge. Years ago, people would just put up summer beams and timber joists and throw as much hay up as they could. Today, the bales of hay are compacted tighter and are much heavier than in the past. Also, the building codes are much more stringent. So now we have to design for 100#/sq.ft. live 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 the loads.
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 the big open spaces that timber frames offer. We often span 40 feet with heavy timber trusses for commercial buildings, which can be over 100 feet long. The same techniques can be used for barns – a dance floor of 40×100’ is more than possible! In the Duker barn, the open area is 40×40 with a 20 foot post height. The owner put a basket ball hoop on one end 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. Different stains and finishes can be applied to the hewn wood for an authentic aged look.If our clients have time, we put second growth hemlock timbers in our field and let them weather for a few months. The result is natural barn wood beams that 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 work. We like to work with our client’s architects to get the perfect feel.Have a Question?