The Manchester Timber Frame Barn – up in time for Winter

I have spent the past few weeks working with a great crew down in Manchester, Vermont. We have been working on completing a large (by early Vermont standards) New England barn, built from the 200+ year-old vintage post and bean frame that I wrote about back in September.

Manchester Barn Home by Green Mountain Timber Frames (800x601)

Manchester VT Timber Frame Barn

With hand hewn wood beams, and coming in at 31 by 41 feet, it’s a beautiful timber frame which originally stood in Middle Granville, NY.

The siding we used to finish the barn came from a different antique barn in the area. The star you see here had been saved from that barn siding by the salvage company and we integrated it into the renovated barn as an art form, more or less.

Star on Salvaged Wood New England Barn

This type of star may have been used originally as a feature in barns to allow birds inside. In the photo below, you can see the bird box we designed in the new, old barn. The bird box is designed around Kestrel Falcon specifications but only time will tell who will inhabit it!

Bird Box in Restored Timber Frame Barn Vermont

Bird Box access inside Restored Timber Frame Barn.

We are hopeful that a Kestrel will come nestle in this nook. Here’s how it looks from the exterior of the frame.

 Bird Boxes from Outside of Timber Frame Barn

Exterior view of bird boxes on barn

As you can see in the picture above, the barn features a total of six of these style of openings, but five of them are faux. 

American Kestrel in Timber Frame barn

American Kestrel

Here is another picture of the guys installing the bird boxes.

Installing the birdbox in the timber frame barn

Installing the birdbox in the timber frame barn

Below, you can see the overhang supporting the future sliding barn doors. We finished it with a beautiful copper standing seam, to compliment the cedar shake roof.

Copper Seam Over Gable Barn Doors

Copper roof overhand above barn doors.

This past week, we focused much of our time on installing the vintage siding.

Siding on Manchester Timber Frame Barn Frame

Adding the vintage siding to the timber frame barn

Now that the structure is nearly finished, the one thing left is to install the cedar shake roof! We are quite excited about the final product!

If you are interested in a timber frame barn or post and beam home, please do let me know! We have available frames at our workshop in Middletown Springs, VT. 

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