This home is part of our "Best of the Best" contest for 2019.
Home and Photos Courtesy of Sand Creek Post & Beam
Barn-style houses have been all the rage for the past few years. In some cases, an old barn is given new life as a refurbished residence. In others, a new home is designed to look like it had once been an antique barn. But have you ever seen a house is also an actual working barn — horses and all? You have now.
The owner of this northern Arkansas house has such a love of horses, didn’t want to schlep out to a barn on his 130-acre property to visit his animals. So, he designed a timber-framed house/stable, complete with three horse stalls and a tack room. The size of the living quarters is modest — only 1,536 square feet. By contrast, the barn portion totals more than 3,000 and includes one two-bay garage for his cars, another one for his mowers and farm equipment and third that he uses for his shop.
He got the idea for his unique plan from an ad he saw for Sand Creek Post & Beam, a Nebraska-based timber frame company. After poring through their catalog of plans, he found a lot of great ideas but didn’t see exactly what he was looking for, so he took a trip to their headquarters, met with their design team and came away with the ideal plan for his barn abode.
The interior post-and-beam employs beautiful and strong Norwegian red pine, which also serves as the tongue-and-groove that panels the ceiling. Farmhouse-inspired details can be found throughout, from the Z-style barn doors to the X-brace detail on the classic white beadboard cabinetry in the kitchen. Even the enormous ceiling fan is a genuine, reclaimed windmill that found new purpose in the home.
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When your ceiling is 35 feet high, you get a lot of questions about how difficult or costly the space is to heat. A combination of solar panels, R-40 walls, energy-efficient windows, radiant in-floor heating and a Rumford-style fireplace (a tall, shallow firebox designed to reflect heat into a room) means the house is never cold and the bills are never high. A windmill-turned-ceiling-fan pushes warm are down in the winter and keeps the space cool in the summer.
Though the walls throughout the home are painted white, the up-lights above the kitchen’s cabinetry have a yellow tint, which casts a creamy gold hue onto the walls. Rather than go with expected silver appliances, the owner opted for matte-black stainless, tying into the dark granite counters and giving this down-home country kitchen a sleek and modern spin.