An existing Yankee Barn Homes house plan inspires a new design. Honestly, this is most often the case. However, the Hartford Carriage House design has inspired quite a few new home plans, primary among them are the Norwich Carriage House and the Spruceton. Because YBH is a custom design build company, clients may use an existing floor plan and make it their own.
The Hartford Carriage House
Sited in the hills of New England, the Hartford Carriage House (1,530 square feet) is a small barn design. The carriage house combines a simple rectangle footprint with standard-size window massing, creating a pleasing visual effect that allows solar gain in the living space. The first level is garage and utility space. Intended as a vacation home, the owners (who built the original plan in the early 1990’s) have since converted the first level into living space. Placing radiant heat in the first level floor was a smart move as the owners intended this build might one day be their primary residence.
The Norwich Carriage House
Taking the Harford floor plan in their own direction, owners of the Norwich (1,580 square feet) wanted their design to suit a waterfront site. They required a second level deck for indoor/outdoor living that took advantage of their water views as well as added storage for their outdoor equipment. They also wanted a less rustic finish on the exterior of their home.
The third version of the Hartford is the Spruceton (1,492 square feet). It has yet another type of site design. Sitting on an open and level expanse, the carriage house looks out over rolling hills. The homeowners wanted 3 bedrooms, therefore used the first level to accommodate a primary bedroom in conjunction with bath, mechanical/laundry and closet space. The ability of the YBH design team to configure/reconfigure floor plans is extensive.