Everyone loves a good old country style home. Barn house happens to fall in this category, and is one of the most distinct of them all. With their unique structure and simple yet welcoming features they are eye catching and very much adored. They are seen mostly in rural areas and were initially built to protect cattle and crops. In recent years we have converted many of these old run down barns into spectacular and stunning homes. Here’s a list of some of their most popular features.
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Farm houses are commonly known to have an open and inviting layout. An open kitchen will make your guests feel at home, and it makes hosting much easier when you can be present in the kitchen and living room at the same time. This is especially helpful for big families who like to celebrate!
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High vaulted ceilings are a staple in most old country homes, and they are usually lined with long wooden beams. Not only do they offer support, but they make for great decoration. You can easily paint them or stain them according to your home decor to help them stand out even more.
Barn doors are a given in barn homes. Adding barn doors to bedrooms, bathroom, and kitchen pantries can really solidify that barn house feeling. They’re available in many styles and colors, and can be easily installed due to many companies who now sell them in kits. Not only do they add that rustic touch to your home, but they conserve floor space, unlike swinging doors.
Wrap Around Porch
This project might be a little harder, and more expensive, but who doesn’t love a wrap around porch? Add some rocking chairs, a porch swing, and a few of your best friends and you have a whole new spot to hang out. Wrap around porches with rocking chairs will always be a tell tale sign of the country.
Barn House Tin Roof
Tin roofs are fairly affordable compared to other types. They aren’t as difficult to install as shingled roofs, and they will add an unmistakable rustic touch to your home. Bonus points if there’s a rooster on top that tells you which way the wind is blowing.
Stone In A Barn House
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Adding stone around the pillars on your front porch or to the bottom half of your exterior can give your home a rustic yet elegant look. This has become more popular, is fairly affordable, and you can do it yourself.
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Many old country homes are made of wood, not only the exterior but also the interior. From the beams across the ceilings, to the kitchen island, stained or repurposed wood has always given us the feeling of southern hospitality.
Gambrel Or Barn Roof
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This style of roof is shaped much different than the rest, so when we see it we know it’s meaning. The barn house, or gambrel roof, is a nice touch when creating a barn house exterior. This two sided roof with two additional slopes on each side is a unique design exclusively for barn houses.
Old barn houses are known for their many windows. These homes were always flooded wit natural light, often cascading in through giant floor to ceiling windows and skylights.
A fireplace is always a solid addition to any country style home. There are so many styles, and most of them are suitable for barn houses. The options vary from brick, to stone, to furnaces. Their mantles can also be uniquely designed to suite your home’s style.
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