Architect's Journal: Inspiration for the Barn House

In our office we have three projects that used barn imagery as a basis of design.

  • One single family home where the inspiration was an old bank barn turned modern home.
  • One actual old bank barn being renovated into an event center.
  • One cabin that feels like a little side barn with perfect proportions.

It is fascinating to me when totally separate clients and projects end up with the same inspiration photos. Here are a few that I've seen multiple times and I'm in love with each of them for different reasons. Hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

This one has perfect proportions and beautiful colors.

Bark House by Christopher Kellie Design Photo by Todd Bush

This family home is obviously barn like due to the barn red color, but I also love the extended roof line being held up with minimal wood brackets. The vertical board & batten siding is lovely as well.

Eck | MacNeely Architects No photo credit given

That gable end that is totally open as a glass wall. Wow. Doesn't get much better than that. Except for the modern fireplace that feeds straight up through the center.

Thistle Hill Farm by Northworks Architects and Planners Photo by Werner Straube

This beauty is just a perfect study of proportion and balance, color and light, setting and site.

Yankee Barn Homes No photo credit given

I hope you have enjoyed these inspiration photos. Studying beautiful architecture is a favorite part of my job.


As Founder and Principal Architect of Springhouse Architects, Sheri’s mission is to lead Clients through the building process with the Clients in control and Springhouse as their guide, advocate and ally.  With over twenty years experience in Residential Architecture, Sheri brings knowledge and confidence to your custom home project.

Lisa Saldivar