Sitting beside the Sudbury river in Massachusetts is a post and beam home where style abounds and light soars through walls of windows. While the home has classic barn house architecture, the decor is an amalgam of contemporary fabrics and modern materials. The results are simply stunning.
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For many, the kitchen is the heart of the home. Unlike the days of yore when the kitchen was the domain of servants and needed to be sequestered to the back of a home and kept out of sight, today’s homeowners are looking for homes with kitchens that function as great entertaining spaces. So, in keeping up with the latest kitchen layout ideas, we thought we’d highlight a few different post and beam kitchens that are well suited for culinary greatness and superb socializing.
Over the years we’ve gotten to see a lot of photos of the many projects we’ve designed and built. But recently we found some photos of a barn we designed and built in Edgerton, KS that really made us smile. Turns out the Mildale Farm barn is a big hit with brides!
When you think of Cape Cod, MA, a certain look and feel might be brought to mind. Be it windswept beaches with billowing sea grasses aflutter, or the images of bobbing dinghies and sailboats glowing on a sparkling sea – Cape Cod has a definite vibe. The homes found on the Cape also have a certain air about them. This home, built just slightly south of Eastham, is the pinnacle of Cape Cod living.
There’s something refined and elegant about a sleek looking home with clean lines and a simple box shape. At the same time, a simple home with a box shape can be so simple and understated that it crosses into the realm of plain old boring. Here’s an example of a home with and without dormers (using Photoshop)
Flooring is a design element that can sometimes be an afterthought when designing a post and beam home. It’s an important element however, that can have a big impact on a home, and you shouldn’t wait until the last minute to choose your flooring, since it will have a big such a huge influence on so many other design choices.
It’s that wonderful time of year when families gather together to celebrate. Be it Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanza or simply secular get-togethers, this is the time of year for having people over to your home. And, us being all about homes, it means that it’s just about our favorite time of year. Whether or not you live in a post and beam home, there are some great tips we’ve found for making your house feel welcome for when your guests arrive. Here are some of those tips.
Two popular siding choices that add a lot of barn style to a home are vertical barn-board siding and board and batten siding. They are both very similar methods for siding a house using vertical boards, but board and batten has more depth, texture and dimension. Barn siding, which lacks the raised batten strip, has more of a smooth minimalist look to it. So while they are very similar, choosing one or the other can have a big impact on the overall style of your home's exterior. We will show you some examples of how they differ.
It’s obvious that a great room is like the king of the house. Typically used for gathering with family, it’s usually wide open, and especially in post and beam homes, it often has cathedral ceilings. And while post and beam great rooms are beautiful to behold, and make for great cover shots, we’d like to highlight some other spaces in the home. We’d like to call them "great little spaces." From window seats and little alcoves, to small seating areas that just feel special- Here are four of our favorite "great little spaces."
One common feature of barn style architecture is a cupola. Cupola comes from the Latin cupa meaning “cup”, which makes sense considering a cupola’s resemblance to an upside down cup. Throughout the years, cupolas have topped many different styles of architecture from classic barn style homes to ancient basilicas. While the definition is simple – a small structure built on top of a roof - the styles and uses for a cupola are varied. We’d like to highlight some of the reasons and benefits of adding a cupola to a barn style home that we’ve learned through the years.