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The evolution of American Barns – Galland Homes

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Galland Homes new release is the “Hanover Barn”, a half timbered barn with brick infill. It’s beautifully spacious and quite large, the footprint is 17 m by 23 m and the barn has a Land Impact of 73. You can pick up a copy at the premier round of the Draftsman Event, for the event price of L$495.

The mesh has a really good level of detail, there are double doors on both sides which open independently of each other. and there’s a further door at the front. Step inside to appreciate the warm of the wood with the high rafters and light filtering in through the high-up small windows. The size of the Hanover barn gives real feeling of space, you can almost see the dust motes circulating in the air. In this picture, the sheep have taken over!



If you didn’t use this barn for agricultural use, it could also be used as a home. Why not do your own virtual barn conversion?  It’s certainly big enough.

In the United States, barns were originally timber built from local supplies and built as a log crib barn or timber frame, although stone was added in areas where it was a cheaper building material. Later on, during the mid to late 19th century barn framing methods gave way to truss/plank framed buildings. This reduced the number of timbers, dimensional lumber was used for the rafters, joists and sometimes the trusses. The joints gradually shifted from being mortised and tenoned to being bolted or nailed.



Mechanization on the farm, better transportation infrastructure, and new technology like a hay fork mounted on a track contributed to a need for larger, more open barns. Saw mills using steam power could produce smaller, more affordable pieces of lumber  and machine cut nails were much less expensive than hand wrought nails. Concrete block began to be used for barns in the early 20th century although modern barns are more typically steel building.



In older style North American barns, the upper area was used to store hay and sometimes grain. This is called the mow (rhymes with cow) or the hayloft. A large door at the top of the ends of the barn could be opened up so that hay could be put in the loft. The hay was hoisted into the barn by a system containing pulleys and a trolley that ran along a track attached to the top ridge of the barn. Trap doors in the floor allowed animal feed to be dropped into the mangers for the animals.

In New England it is common to find barns attached to the main farmhouse, allowing for chores to be done while sheltering the worker from the weather.



The Hanover barn also has a snow top roof extra, for those winter scenes. It’s really easy to fit. Just line up with the X and Y axes of the barn and use the Z axis to place on the tiled roof. The barn has a rez box which you click on to rez the barn, and then use Edit to move that box, the barn will move with it.  You can then freeze the barn where you want it or derez if you want to try again.



Here’s the other Home & Garden items I used in the scenes:

~autumn scene~

Great Horned Owl v1.2 – Animania

Alchemy & Immortalis – Curious Blackface Sheep

Lunar Seasonal Designs – Marge – Colombian Rock Chicken

[DDD] Wagon Cart – Lighter

!! Follow US !! Autumn ground

[VALR] Floor Straw Combined (not available)

Kei’s Hay Bale Seat

JIAN Pumpkins

Animated Black Horse Black Hair (TrigiGifts)

Garden Set by PLAAKA – cold frames etc.

~snow scene~

The Little Branch_Bradford.Cluster{4 Seasons}
The Little Branch_Bradford.Bended{4 Seasons}
22769 ~ [bauwerk] Garden wall Pillar (snow top)
22769 ~ [bauwerk] Garden wall Long (snow top)
22769 ~ [bauwerk] The Walking Snow from their Snowmen gacha



Visit the Draftsman Event, which runs up to January 17th 2017

Visit Galland Homes to view more beautiful homes and furniture


Cheers, m’dears 🙂




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  1. Awesome post Moz and with a history lesson to boot! 🙂


    21/11/2016 at 8:27 pm

  2. Moz, I never knew you were such a barns expert 😀 I’m hoping next time there’s more on British barns. Seriously though, superb blog.


    22/11/2016 at 7:10 pm

    • Cheeky wotsit! For the Brit barn first we have them a la Turner chocolate box type things of utter uselessness, then a la the Industrial Revolution where the railways went right through them and smoked the stock, then barns par excellence for LIDLs to put their turkeys in. 🙂

      Moz Loordes

      22/11/2016 at 11:31 pm

      • I’ve seen great barns… I’m a big admirer of a barn 🙂 but you did say chocolate


        22/11/2016 at 11:57 pm

      • Oh yes! Chocolate is always good 🙂 That ‘n trifle!

        Moz Loordes

        23/11/2016 at 10:56 am

      • 😀 Yessss


        23/11/2016 at 11:19 am

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