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4 Tips For Modernizing A Yankee Barn Home

4 Tips for Modernizing A Yankee Barn Home

Not all barn home clients want a barn that looks like it’s been around for years. Some folks come to us yearning for the barn aesthetic but with a penchant for clean lined interiors. Yankee Barn Homes has it covered. We’ve told you about our new contemporary Oyster Shores, but today we’ll focus on four specific areas of this house, with tips to achieve the modern look in a barn home.

1.The Exterior:The key is “keep it simple”; this barn is monochromatic. Note the tonal use of colors, the over-size windows with no mullions, the simple metal roof and the natural color stucco chimney. Landscaping is kept minimal; check out the simple geometry of the round boxwood in square lead planters. Notice the linear pattern of the blue stone terrace continues as the coping of the pool. It all says simplify for maximum effect. Less Is More.

2. The Entry/Living: Keep your materials natural. Note the wide plank oak floors. They are sanded and treated with no color added. Check out the timber structure – YBH has developed a new process to bleach and color the beams so they appear naturally aged.

3. The Kitchen: Use clean line cabinetry, in this case sprayed a soft shade of off-white with no panel detail. Stainless steel hardware mimics the appliances, jewelry for your kitchen. The Two choices of stone, granite and marble, create contrast. The message is you don’t need a lot to say a lot and create a stunning kitchen.

4. A Guest Bedroom: Here Yankee Barn had a little fun. While there is no exposed timber structure in the room, check out the use of timber as night tables. Throw in a chunky shag carpet (yes, they’re back) and keep the colors simple. The light fixture on the ceiling is F.U.N, again a play of forms, circles and squares, carried throughout the house, continues here.

If you would like more information about Yankee Barn Home options, you can explore our floor plan options, call and talk to one of our design consultants at 800-258-9786 or fill out this short online form.


This Post Has 4 Comments
  1. The title of the article led me to hope for something re updating an older structure. my YBH was built in 1984 and I am hoping to make a few necessary changes within the existing home.

  2. Thanks for your thoughts, Shirley. We will plan on doing a post on updating older Yankee Barns in the coming months! BeamBabe

  3. What a great pendant light! The wood veneer would work well with the beam-end nightstands. Thanks for the link. BeamBabe

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