This is the largest barn we’ve raised to date. 5 tractor trailer loads totaling 70,000 board feet of Douglas Fir timber all from the state of Washington went into this mega barn in New Hampshire.
Focusing on the design, this timber frame barn is a center aisle barn with clear span wings. A wide and tall center aisle reaching 47' to the peak of the cupola is flanked on either side by eleven 32' clear span trusses, creating the impression of two pavilions inside the barn on either side of the center aisle. Above it all are (104) 8x12x20' timber rafters. For comparison, most Carriage Barns only have (4) 8x12 beams.
Custom steel connections were designed to transfer loads of up to 30,000 pounds of tension & compression throughout the barn. All steel connections are hidden from view in the completed frame.
8 timber framers raised the frame in 5 days. We used 950 one inch oak pegs & 560 three-quarter steel pins to assemble the massive timber frame barn.
A huge barn can only be topped by a huge cupola: 16' x 16' x 18'H.
We had a blast building this barn in New Hampshire and can’t wait to build the next one!