See Why This Barn Home Is Every Horse Lover's Dream
In Burlington, North Carolina there exists a post and beam monitor-style barn; but this is not your typical barn. This Burlington Barn With Living Quarters, designed by DC Builders, houses four horse stalls, a feed room and a tack room as well as full living quarters. But unlike most house-barns, the living space remains on the ground level, complete with a bedroom, living room and kitchen that is directly across from the horse stalls. The occupants can even watch their horses through a window in the kitchen. For anyone contemplating an apartment barn, this is a design you should definitely consider.
There are typically three types of barn housing: an old barn remodeled for residential or commercial use; a house built in the style of a barn, and; the more historical type of combined house and barn (called a byre-dwelling or house-barn). There is nothing new about house-barns. In fact, house-barns have existed since prehistoric times, when people discovered that body heat from animals can help keep human living areas warm. Aside from the benefit of heat, living with livestock was also an easy and natural way to prevent thieves from stealing animals. And while house-barns may not be as popular today as they once were, this type of housing continued being built into the 19th century, especially in Western Europe, Scandinavia and the British Isles. It is interesting to note that immigrants to North America rarely, if ever, built house-barns choosing instead to divide the barn and house functions into separate buildings. Although one current American builder estimates that about five percent of their barns have an attached living area, some of which are small apartments.
Instead of homeowners choosing to purchase or build barns with housing attached, many buyers are choosing instead to convert old farming barns into commercial and residential structures, with many older farms being converted for holiday use. This is mainly due to modern farming practices making many old farm barns and buildings redundant. This type of house conversation became popular in the late 20th century. The main issues to consider when converting a barn into a home is considering its historic value and integrity, as well as the requirement to add windows for residential use. As well as this, barn-to-house conversions must be made more comfortable by adding walls, insulation and refinishing the interior spaces. However, while ‘upcycling’ or converting an older, unused structure may be more eco-friendly, and have other benefits, building anew – with a company such as DC Builders – also has many advantages.
This high-end Burlington Barn With Living Quarters, aside from its ground floor quarters, also has an upstairs which is accessed via a spiral staircase. The raised centre aisle of the barn has been transformed into office space with access to a cantilevered deck, stunning and full views of the property and even a dormer that has been tastefully converted into a desk nook. The interior of the house shows off magnificent hardwood flooring throughout, as well as beautifully crafted trim and cabinetry. This Burlington barn by DC Builders is a high-end structure defined by its timber frame connections, powder-coated hardware and even its top-of-the-line equestrian hardware which, if you’re a ‘horse person’ is a huge plus. So whether you’re looking to build or buy and are trying to decide on the conventional house and barn approach or the more historic house-barn style, checking out the design plans of this Burlington Barn With Living Quarters is a great place to start!