Post and beam builds are seldom associated with single level living. Yet, Yankee Barn Homes is hearing requests for single floor designs with more frequency. The term single level used to be associated with retirement home. This is no longer true. Single level homes are sought out by a demographic spanning both the age and lifestyle spectrum. The Wildwood (fka The Morton) is an ideal design for those seeking enormous flexibility in a house plan.
Partial Post and Beam Design
The Wildwood is a partial post and beam home; a design incorporating both a post and beam frame and panelized structures. The layout is close to ideal. An open flow pattern with visible post and beam timbers shape the communal spaces of the home while the bedrooms and baths are separate from household activity. The floor plan lends itself nicely for all types of builds; primary (parents on one side, kids on the other), vacation (master on one side, guests on the other), or retirement (single floor living). The large open living area creates the perfect “meet in the middle” for family to come together. The exterior of the home can take on a number of different architectural styles from modern (as it’s designed here) to a more traditional exterior (picture gray clapboard with white trim) or a mountain lodge retreat (vertical siding using natural wood tones with strategic stone accents).
Small Size, Big Flexibility
The case has been made for the flexibility of this post and beam home plan, but we’ve yet to discuss square footage. This house is a smaller Yankee Barn design at 1819 total square feet. The garage adds an additional 628 square feet to the plan. At YBH, small does not equal cramped. The house has a gorgeous vaulted ceiling and plenty of glass allowing light to stream throughout the home. The sense of spaciousness is felt the moment you enter.