Sears, Roebuck & Co. and a handful of other mail order companies revolutionized barn-building in the beginning of the twentieth century when they began offering barn kits in their various mail order catalogs. For the first time, mostly due to the economical shipping option brought on by the advent of the railroad, prospective barn owners could have a complete pre-cut barn kit shipped to them, which they would then assemble on-site.
Fast-forward 100 years, and one can still purchase a barn kit from clear across the country – although now the ordering is done online, and the kits are shipped via truck rather than train – but the concept remains the same. Mass-producing kits keeps the cost down, and your options are much greater when you have a larger selection from which to choose. And, as evidenced by the kit barns shown below, there needn’t be any sacrifice in quality when you choose kits over custom-built.
This charming gable-style Pioneer 36 horse barn from Barn Pros measures 24′ x 36′ and includes a full loft, open breezeway, functional cupola, handmade loft door, and three stalls.
The Clydesdale 56, a Monitor-style (Raised Center Aisle) horse barn also from Barn Pros, measures 42′ wide and 56′ long, with a 14′-wide open breezeway. Standard features include a silo tower, two gable dormers, attached shed roof, and a full loft.
If you’ve got more room and a bigger budget, the 24×96 Great Plains Western Horse Barn from Sand Creek Post & Beam features post and beam construction and can be used as a horse barn, storage barn, hobby barn, or workshop.
If a Gambrel-style barn is more to your liking, this 40×60 Great Plains Gambrel Barn from Sand Creek Post & Beam features 12ft lean-tos and a cupola.
This Carriage Barn kit from The Barn Yard is the quintessential New England barn with authentic post & beam construction that features sweeping arched braces, extra large timbers, and precision mortise and tenon joinery.
The Belmont barn from Woodtex, pictured below with an A-Frame roof, is also available with a Gambrel-style roof. You can choose between an attic truss loft system or a full loft to maximize hay storage, as well as add an overhang for protection from the elements.
For horse owners on a budget, the Shed Row horse barn from Woodtex offers a more economical solution, and are also great where space is an issue. They range in size from 10×10 to 12×50, feature individual stalls, and offer the option of adding a tack room and/or overhang to protect from the elements.