What is unique about our shell components?

  • Post and beam frame: All of our timbers are seasoned and dried. We do not use green or unseasoned timbers in our homes. We offer an all kiln dried Douglas Fir frame pre-finished in your choice of stain.
  • True Roof™ Panels: Yankee Barn’s roof system is the only panelized roof with a built-in vent, and is PFS TECO certified. This free air venting keeps the outer roof cold and greatly reduces icing and ice dams at the roof surface. The panel joint is designed for a very low risk for panel gap and retards moisture migration from the living areas from infiltrating the roof. Sheetrock in pre-hung on the interior of the ceiling panel, or clients can upgrade to a pine tongue and groove finish.
  • True Wall Panels: Yankee Barn’s wall panels are fully wood framed, load bearing with high insulation values (R-26.2 with options to increase to 37.4), with most windows installed reducing labor and waste on site. We use Zip® as the exterior sheathing.

How long does it take to design, build and raise my Yankee Barn Shell?

The design process typically takes two to four months to customize your home plans. You will work with a Yankee Barn Homes project planner and our tech department to come up with a floor plan and exterior look that you desire.

From the time you have settled on your plans/design, and made your 20% down payment; it typically takes four months to finalize shop construction drawings, order materials, fabricate, and build your shell components.

Most Yankee Barn Shells are enclosed and ready for siding and roofing within weeks, based on a four man crew working with our Yankee Barn Homes Shell Supervisor and the size of the package.

How long will it take my builder to finish my Yankee Barn Home?

Typically most Yankee Barn Homes will be ready for you to move into in four to eight months after delivery to the site, depending on your builder’s other commitments and the size of the structure.

Who would plan my Yankee Barn?

We work directly with you (or your architect) to design your shell and floor plan. The floor plans on our site are primarily used for design inspiration. We can make changes to any exterior/interior floor plan to better suit your individual needs or start 100% from scratch to design a truly custom home to meet your specific site requirements, your lifestyle, wants and needs.

What is the cost to build a Yankee Barn Home?

Building costs are often comparable to a custom stick frame when using the same level of quality materials and design elements. Actual finish costs depend on region and builder chosen to complete the home. We find that our homes have a finish cost of $350 (minimum) and up per square foot, depending on factors including interior finishes. Finish cost does not include land or site work.

Does Yankee Barn Homes sell their plans?

Our plans have a copyright and are not for sale.

How do I find a builder?

Yankee Barn Homes may be able to assist you in finding a builder in your area. We have years of experience with quality builders in most parts of the country. Yankee Barn Homes also has crews available who are willing to travel for a shell assembly; these crews would be responsible for getting the Yankee Barn Homes components assembled. Some customers choose this option, and then hire local tradesmen to finish the job. Our crew’s have completed shell assemblies coast to coast.

Can I act as the general contractor/owner?

Yankee Barn Homes does not recommend that our owners act as their own general contractors.

How are Yankee Barn roof panels different from SIP roof panels or conventional framing?

SIP’s, or Structural Insulated Panels, are manufactured composite panels used in the construction industry. They are a sandwiched panel with a core of polystyrene or polyurethane foam between two layers or OSB (Oriented Stand Board/ Particle Board), or drywall. Yankee Barn roof panelsare a patent pending system based on efficiency and ease of construction. The roof panels begin with 2×10 or 2×12 conventional framing to meet building code standards. Individual parts of the panel are fastened with nails rather than with a chemical bond or adhesive, as SIP’s are constructed, to maintain structural integrity. We use a rigid foam insulation which provides the highest attainable R-value per inch of thickness (R-55.3 -66.5). Each panel incorporates two criss-crossing layers of insulation to reduce thermal breaks and heat loss. Built into the panel design is a full width roof vent space to assure a cold roof deck, as required by many shingle manufacturer’s warranties. This air space also helps to minimize ice dams and prolongs the shingle life. Yankee Barn’s roof panels are more forgiving during installation.

How are Yankee Barn wall panels different from Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs)?

The Yankee Barn Homes exterior walls are structural and designed to carry the roof loads at the eaves, as part of our Building System, and they meet or exceed all national and local building codes. The Yankee Barn wall is framed using conventional 2×6 studs and 1/2″ Zip® sheathing, and come with most windows installed. Our standard wall is insulated within the stud bays with 4″ of solid polyisocyanurate foam, leaving an air space of 1 1/2″ to the inside for wiring chases. By building our own panels, we can offer a complete wall system with windows as well as having a wall which is very easy to wire for electricity. The wall panels come larger than SIP’s; they can easily be trimmed or modified; they install quickly and you can hang cabinetry without extra bracing.

How is the Yankee Barn joinery different from Mortise and Tenon? Are there benefits?

Yankee Barn uses a system of joinery over 1000 years old called Half Lap Joinery. Picture the way bricks are overlapped and laid in a chimney; one brick is half lapped over another. This joinery system is known for its great strength and for its ease and cost efficiency of fabrication and assembly. Because of these simpler connections, our frame can be assembled by a general carpentry crew without the need for a specialized joinery crew. When completed the half lap joints offer a more attractive look with clean, simple lines. Mortise and tenon joinery is significantly more labor intensive to cut and assemble, and all of the workmanship disappears from view after installation.

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