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Barn Designs History Including Pole Barn - Post And Beam - And Domesticated Barns
Barns have been part of the American landscape for hundreds of Years. Originally a Place of work, they have evolved to urban or domesticated spaces. Barns have been disappearing across much of North America and Europe. Historically Barns were on the outskirts of cities so they had proximity to deliver goods. As the Land they occupy continue to become more valuable then the amount derived from farming, subdivision of farmland has become more and more common.
While the great age of barns may be behind us their are many who are working to adapt and preserve these structure with classic building techniques and new materials to still carry on a vital role in our landscape. Barns are also evolving to adapt to modern farming techniques and machinery
Artists were some of the first to recognize the potential barns provided as a great workspaces or personal retreats. The spaces once used for livestock have been transformed to studios, workshops, theaters where writers, woodworkers, painters can work and live.
The most widespread use of converting bars today appears to be for domestic use, however in the last decade as farmers and agriculture have suffered, so have these great icons. Their is a movement to preserve these great icons and many groups have been set up in different states with some offering tax incentives to preserve and save these great structures.
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The design of most pole barns is simple. Poles make up the outer walls and support the roof. Materials used range from light metal or canvas. The style may vary depending on the function of the barn. A barn used for storing hay may lack any kind of lower exterior wall while a pole barn used to house livestock would have some form of wall meeting the roof.