How to design barn houses: Ideas and advice for creating a new barn-style home

blue barn style house with red tiled roof and gravel driveway
(Image credit: Nicholas Yarsley)

Barn houses are an increasingly popular style of self build — with their open floorplans, rural charm and simple structures which blend into their surroundings. Creating a new barn-style home can combine the best of both worlds: A home full of character built to modern standards of thermal performance.

Deciding on a house style is the first step towards any self build and is often based on instinct and taste. Barn house styles tend to appeal to those who enjoy characterful buildings, filled with interesting, flexible spaces and a timeless mixture of timber and glass. 

Amy Reeves

Assistant Editor Amy began working for Homebuilding & Renovating in 2018. She has an interest in sustainable building methods and always has her eye on the latest design ideas. Amy has interviewed countless self builders, renovators and extenders about their experiences for Homebuilding & Renovating magazine. She is currently renovating a mid-century home, together with her partner, on a DIY basis, and has recently fitted her own kitchen.