Vintage White Barn Architectural Details
Victoria Belle’s Vintage White Barn is a type of Post and Beam Monitor Barn. Monitor Barn Advantages: Unique look, Ability to have an extra room in the center while keeping the roof pitch low, Ability to use modular construction and have the center part delivered completely built and Ability to install windows on each side of the roof without the use of dormers.
~ See Architectural Definitions at the end of this page ~
Even today the rural barn raising presents a forceful image of community spirit. Just as many farmers built their barns before they built their houses, so too many farm families look to their old barns as links with their past. Old barns, furthermore, are often community landmarks and make the past present. Such buildings embody ethnic traditions and local customs; they reflect changing farming practices and advances in building technology.
Victoria Belle Mansion Vintage White Barn STORY
The shabby chic barn began as a dream of Vickie Brown, owner of the beautiful Victoria Belle estate. It became a reality in 2012 with the help of her mother, Marian Worsham. Construction began in late September, 2012 under Vickie’s critical eye. She ate, drank and slept her barn’s creation. Every morning she was onsite with the construction workers making certain they built not only her design but her vision. From the ground up to the tin roof – one could see daily Vickie’s dream come into existence. The barn was completed in December, 2012 in time to host several Christmas parties. However, Marian was not able to attend – she had passed away just a few short weeks before the barn’s completion. The Vintage White Barn was lovingly dedicated in Marian’s memory with a plaque proudly displayed. Marian’s barn has been filled with much love and laughter and will be for years to come.
Definition of a Monitor Barn
Monitor Barn (aka Raised Roof Barn) is the barn that has the center portion of its roof raised (or pushed up) from the main roof, which is then is supported by the addition of knee walls (short walls).
It is interesting to note that the look of this barn can slightly be altered simply by pushing the center part of the roof higher or by making the center part either narrower or wider.
Monitor Barn has a very unique look and is preferred by some people over the regular Gabled Roof Barn just for its look.
What is a Post & Beam construction? A Post & Beam Barn can be described as a barn that’s built using heavy wooden timbers, joint together with ether carved wood joinery (such as pegged mortise & tenon) or metal heavy duty plates & hardware, forming an exposed structural frame.
Timber Frame Barn – In most Post & Beam Barns, the whole frame, including posts, girts, headers, loft joists and even rafters are build with different sizes of heavy wooden beams. This gives the barn a very distinctive and appealing look. This type of construction is far more expensive than a regular pole barn, but does provide a very solid barn frame and a feel of a heavy well built structure. The timbers used in a Post & Beam barn are generally larger compared to a conventional barn construction.
The family of Post & Beam Barns includes well known names such as Timber Frame Barns and Mortise & Tenon Barns. It’s important to understand that Timber-Frame Barns and Mortise & Tenon Barns are both built with heavy timbers throughout construction, and either style may be called the Post & Beam Barn. The difference in the way the beams are connected is what separates a Timber Frame Barn from a Mortise & Tennon Barn.
Even though different builders might use different types of timber connection techniques, it’s generally known that in a Timber Frame Barn, the beams may be either connected with heavy duty metal brackets or with mortise & tenon joinery. In a Mortise & Tenon Barn however (as the name implies), the beams are always connected using mortise & tenon joinery technique (see image) where posts and beams are both notched out to create a “male” & “female” connectors and then held together with wooden pegs.
In Mortise & Tenon joinery connection, the “male” projecting end is called tenon and a “female” opened slot is called Mortise. The mortise & tenon joint provides a very strong connection and has been used for thousands of years all around the world.
As shown here, “StrongTie” metal plate brackets are used to connect beams in one of the Post & Beam Barns. Some builders may use a combination of mortise & tenon and metal plate connectors on the same barn. In such case, you may call this barn whatever you like. The proper name though, in our opinion, would be a Post & Beam Barn, which basically describes this particular barn is built with heavy wooden timbers, but does not indicate how these timbers are connected together.
Other builders might build only barn walls with heavy timbers and the rest of the barn with lighter material. They may build the roof with either regular trusses or 2×8/2×10 rafters and the loft might be built with 2×10 floor joists. This is all just fine, it can not be called of a True Post & Beam barn, no matter what the builder might call it.
Here is a sample of a Timber Frame Barn showing a mortise and tonon joinery being used throughout construction. This image was provided by Vermont Timber Works company. Please visit their website to see more images & information about Timber Frame Barns.