As our great debate about what to do with the barn drags on, I think I found a very interesting potential solution last week. In Hebron, Connecticut, less than five miles from the house that I grew up in, is a company that sells old school post and beam barn kits. They cut the materials for the barns at their shop and then ship them to your site for assembly.
I was skeptical about the idea of a prefab barn. When I think of a prefab barn, I immediately think of those ugly-but-exceptionally-functional aluminum structures that seem spring up like weeds. But after seeing the barns in person last weekend, I am now very open to the idea. The buildings are beautiful. The craftsmanship is outstanding. And the price is much more palatable than the cost of rehabbing the current barn.
(Warning: Barn porn ahead.)