Pole barn homes provide another viable option for weekend getaways, as well as year round living. Commonly perceived as modest, metal-clad utilitarian structures used to shelter livestock and farm equipment, the
examples featured here go well beyond that perception!
Pole framing or post-
frame construction was developed in the 1930s as a simpler, less ex- pensive alternative to timber-framed barns and sheds. In addi- tion, metal pole barns could be built more quickly than their hand framed counterparts. Their generally non- descript appearance was a trade-off for functionality, ease of construction, and af- fordability.
In recent years, that functionality has expanded to include housing for humans. And the look has significantly improved, as well!
Among the more experienced providers of pole barn homes is Illinois-based Morton Buildings. One of their homes, pictured below, features sliding barn doors on a gable end clad with bricks and climbing ivy. Note the finely detailed window surrounds.
The steel-clad sides feature brick wainscoting, swinging Dutch doors and cedar shutters. Twin cupolas crown a metal roof.
The wood-lined interior features an open floor plan with a cathedral ceiling.
A picturesque composition of cross gables and shed roof overhangs on posts defines a multi-purpose structure for horses, humans and vehicles. Openings with Dutch and sliding barn doors pierce the stable's steel siding.
Nestled between the metal horse barn (left) and garage (right), a charming cottage-like dwelling boasts a covered front porch.
With stone-clad walls and metal roof, the cottage is adjoined by a de- lightful wood pergola in back.
The gable roof design below is punctuated by dormers and crowned by a cupola. A screened porch with shed roof extends across the rear facade. At one end, a stone chimney provides ventilation for a fireplace inside the porch.
At 46 feet in length, the back porch offers plenty of room to relax and enjoy the view.
A rambling carriage house style residence in North Carolina features Dutch doors and wide "through-the-cornice" dormers. An octagonal cupola with multi-pane windows lends Old World charm.
The interior features an open floor plan, soaring cathedral ceiling and finely detailed millwork.
A large stone hearth with a flat screen TV over the mantel provides an inviting spot to gather around with family and friends.
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