Barn Kits

There are many barn kits on offer for the owner builder including post and beam, timber frame and pole barns. Take care to study those offerings as many 'kits' are only really supplied for professional builders or carpenters.

Some only supply pre-cut and engineered post and beam or timber frame structural components, other supply internal and external walls and roofing. However, complete kits i.e. with all inclusions, and ready to be erected by the amateur owner builder, are scarce.

Post and beam

Some only supply pre-cut and engineered post and beam or timber frame structural components, other supply internal and external walls and roofing. However, complete kits i.e. with all inclusions, and ready to be erected by the amateur owner builder, are scarce.

Post and beam barn kits

There are many forms of post and beams kits including houses, cabins, garages and log homes. The P&B kit, however, is a magnificent sight, even before it is clad and roofed. Many companies will supply the components of the kit to the owner builder, but when it comes to post and beam construction, mostly prefer to erect them as well. This is a good option as swinging half ton beams at height is a professionals arena. Having the frame erected allows the owner builder to take charge and finish the project as with all kit homes. Contemporary post and beam interiors are luxurious and amplify the old world style of living with open space and rustic living areas.

Gambrel interior

Pole Barn Kits

These are traditionally simple structures of a roof sitting on a series of poles. Historically using old telephone or power poles, they were used to store hay, house animals or machinery. More often than not they didn't have walls. Today's framing is mostly steel, can have long span trusses, and comes complete with walls, windows and doors. Constructing metal pole barns is easy for the handyman or woman, with bolt together joinery and steel roofing. The owner builder who wants to use this kit as a house only has to internally line the building, add plumbing and electrical and move in.

Timber frame barn

Timber Frame Kit

Another variation is a timber frame or 'stick built' barn. It usually doesn't have the huge beams or posts of the 'post and beam' style, but retains the tall ceilings and old style splendor of traditional barns. These kits are more readily available and more easily erected as you don't need major machinery to hoist heavy beams aloft.

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