We were faced with an interesting challenge when called to design and build this post & beam barn in Colebrook, CT. On the homeowner’s property are several 1800s period post & beam barns. In addition, the property is in a historic district. Therefore, it was essential that the new barn compliment the old ones, in both the construction style (post & beam) and exterior features.
We drew inspiration from the historic barns on the property, from window placement & size to trim details, doors, and a lean-to. The property has quite the collection of buildings, like an 1800s farm or small village might have had.
Inside, it’s all authentic post & beam. From 6x8 heavy timber sill all the way up to the second floor, there’s quality everywhere you look. We clear-spanned 26' upstairs thanks to larger heavy timber roof rafters and hidden steel tension rods, all precisely engineered for snow loading in Colebrook, CT.
We are proud of the finished barn. It looks like the existing 1800s barns on the outside and has the same post & beam construction style on the inside. Of course, the new barn is engineered for strength and is supported by a modern foundation. There is authentic joinery in the new barn, like the old ones, but the joinery in the new barn is much stronger because it was cut on a CNC machine, giving it the highest precision and therefore tightest connections.
When designing and building an authentic post & beam timber frame barn, we always approach the project with the future in mind. Timber frame construction has been proven to last for centuries. The new barn will have many uses throughout the next few hundred years, just like the existing 1800s barns on the historic property. It will weather many storms, witness a myriad of family events (wedding barn, perhaps?), and be passed down from one generation to the next. What we built is a testament to the strength and beauty of timber frame construction, and it looks like it’s always been there, home among the other historic barns on this property in Colebrook, Connecticut.