Barns are all about simple, big shapes and are all the better when painted bright red. With big doors that slide left and right, a barn, like Noah's Ark, is a welcome place of refuge.
Like a giant lantern, this barn glows at night, illuminating the fields and beckoning all to come on over.
Interior living spaces in a barn are big, too. The scale of the room suits the scale of the fields and streams outside.
A barn's stone base and foundation roots it to the land so it becomes an integral part of the landscape.
A large, strong and simple form set on a stone base: all features of an old barn. But rather than being painted red to stand out in the open field, the exterior of this barn is left raw and weathered to blend with the surrounding trees.
And this barn has an interior that gives us that sense of the handmade, the crafted. Rough-hewn posts and beams make up the structure while floors and cabinetry are all filled with character.
And what's a barn without its companion silo? The barn, all horizontal and relaxed while the silo, all vertical and on guard, are — like Venus and Mars, Yin and Yang, peanut butter and jelly – contrasting structures that complement each other.
While a renovated barn's interior is typically vast and spacious, it doesn't have to be all rough wood and traditional styling. Polished surfaces and modern, machine-age materials can complement a barn's inherent rustic qualities.
Of course, some salvaged wood flooring in an earth tone can soften up all those shiny, modern surfaces.
It's great that we still build barns and they still look they way they should.