Post and beam
Grantham post-and-beam home builder manufactures beauty
This 1,124-square-foot carriage house in Grantham was designed by Yankee Barn with two large gable dormers. (COURTESY)
"This is where we build for everywhere in the United States," Button said.
Over the past decade, Button said he has seen a trend in customers looking to downsize, especially in light of the unpredictable turmoil of today's world, brought home to many by the Boston Marathon bombing.
The company was founded in 1969 in Falmouth, Mass., and then moved to its Grantham location in 1973.
Yankee Barn works with clients to custom design post-and-beam structures, mostly homes, from carriage house, coastal, mountain and classic barn style. The company also makes barns and currently has a project to design a pavilion.
After designing, Yankee Barn manufactures the insulated shell of the structure, which is then shipped to its location where local contractors will assemble it and install plumbing and electricity.
Before starting the business, founder Emil Hanslin spent years studying the post-and-beam design of New England barns.
The higher the R-value the less heat or cold passes through the home," said Chris Sevigny director of architectural engineering at Yankee Barn Homes.
Sustainability techniques have always been important to the company, he said. "Back in the '70s they had an R-value of 12, but that was considered really, really high, so being green, having high R-values and building homes really, really tight was always a priority."
Douglas fir is used by a lot of post-and-beam and timber companies for its strength, Button said.
"We're definitely spread out where we are building," he said.
"It allows us to build this very, very high quality product at a very fair price," Button said.
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