Berkshires House XI

Another typology we frequently go to, and a good choice for the vernacular-lover on a budget, is the barn. A farmhouse requires dormers, porches, brackets, and small-scale parts to feel right, but all this costs a lot of money. A barn, with simple massing, simple eave details, no porches, no gingerbread, and no dormers, can be built for far less without cutting corners. Even for the client with a huge budget, the barn and the industrial building are good models for another reason—their scale works well with large programs, avoiding the undesirable look of a farmhouse on steroids.