Barn home design: is an architect necessary? Good question! If you work with an architect, he/she may suggest doing something known as “massing studies.” Is this work important for you? Only you can answer this question. I’ll give you a bit of background information, particularly on massing studies, to help you decide whether an architect is right for you when designing and building a barn home. In the end, you know your needs best, therefore, I am not advocating one position over the other. Each project and client is unique, thus each will have different requirements and needs regarding the build process. Vive la Difference!
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A “massing study”, or the drawing of the bare shape of the proposed structure, is important when the building shell is highly complex and varied. It is a way for the client to understand the fundamental structure. Moreover, if the site and landscape are issues, it is a way to visualize the relationship of the structure to the building site. The following photo is of a house which most likely had several massing studies completed prior to building the home due to the complexity of not only the structure, but also it’s relation to the build site.
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Barn Home Design
Yankee Barn Homes are most often based on the traditional shapes of barns. The massing relationship of the whole building to its parts, and the whole of the building to the landscape, is easily read and understood. Barn home shapes are less complex therefore easier to conceptualize. By way of example, consider the following photographs.
Yankee Barn Homes
In closing, I’d be remiss if I did not mention that Yankee Barn Homes has an exceptional in-house architectural design staff, well versed in the most recent computer software which creates excellent 3-D renderings of any potential barn home. Each project is individually created to the client’s specifications so they may examine and alter, with or without the use of a client’s architect.
NOTE: All photos of Yankee Barn Homes in this post were designed by the YBH staff and the individual clients. No architects were used in the designing of these homes.
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