Gibson Timber Frames Show Home
We have finished a new show home using an antique barn frame. The barn was discovered in Yarker Ontario and is an excellent example of swing beam engineering and is a true piece of our heritage.
The home sits on a seven acre lot 5km from the beautiful and vibrant town of Perth, Ontario. It is 1600 square feet on the main floor with another 1000 square feet of loft space. The basement is full height and is ready to be finished. The home is heated with an energy star air source heat pump and has R 32 insulation in the walls and R 47 insulation in the cathedral ceiling. The home also features a steel roof from Ideal, Integrity windows by Marvin, Mabec pre-finished wood siding and a natural white oak floor. All the Kitchen cabinetry is solid wood, reducing the need for glues and particle board in the interior living space and allowing the cabinets to remain timeless. The traditional and modern building techniques used together have created an awe inspiring space that is truly unique.
The swing beam barn is a development on our very early barns. The large double beam that crosses the home was originally crafted to allow for the elimination of the center post and create enough room for a horse and wagon to enter the barn and swing around with no obstacles. Estimated to have been built around 1850, it now serves as an attractive center piece to this new home. The large pine timber maintains a beautiful patina that can only be created with time. This barn was carefully dismantled and re-erected in its original form to carry on a new life as a home.
One of the advantages of timber framing is the longevity of the construction. Although this barn could no longer service a modern farm, the work and craftsmanship were saved. The building was dismantled and moved to become a new building to serve a new purpose for another 150 years.
If you have an interest in viewing this home either to see the interior of a new timber frame or are shopping for a new home in Perth, please do not hesitate to contact us.