Small barn house plans are all the rage. At Yankee Barn Homes, we have seen a surge in those wishing to design and build within a smaller footprint. While the design may be smaller, our plans are far from ordinary; no 1970’s ranch houses here. These homes are classic YBH; lofted spaces, gorgeous windows, loads of natural light, and of course, the stunning post and beam frame presiding over it all. The only difference in our small plans is the square footage. All of our small barn house plans are under 2000 square feet.
The Downing is our latest design in the small barn house plan series. At 1870 square feet, it is the perfect space for an age-in-place couple, single person or small family. Everything you’d need is located on the first level, however, there is a large balcony, full bath and plenty of storage located on the second level should another bedroom/guest room be desired.
A single level bump-out houses the entrance to the small barn house, as well as the mudroom, laundry room, half-bath and storage space. This allows the main living space to remain a completely uninterrupted open floor plan encompassing the kitchen, dining and living rooms areas defined by furniture, not walls. The ceiling is lofted timer frame with a fully functioning cupola at the peak. The open floor plan with a lofted ceilings and good acoustics was very important to this couple as they are active musicians who host musical gatherings and community functions. Note the grand piano in the living room.
The lower level is composed of a 3-bay garage, storage space and mechanical room, all neatly tucked under the footprint of the small barn house. There is no lower level under the entry/laundry room; it’s housed on a slab which employs radiant heat.
This small barn house will serve as a guest house and function space for now, then transition into a primary age-in-place home for this civic-minded couple.