Bridport Gunstock Barn
30 X 42 feet | Circa 1800 | Bridport, Vermont
This frame is a beautiful gunstock structure that dates from the late 1700s or very early 1800s. Gunstock means that the posts flare out at the top in order to accommodate tenons that support and hold fast both the top plates on the eaves of the building and the large tie beams that span the width of the building. This style of construction is incredibly strong because all the forces at play from the roof load are held in check right at the eave. It also creates a gorgeous aesthetic as you look up into the rafter system.
1,260 square feet of footprint with great potential for more space on the second floor.
The braces for this structure are made out of sawn oak. The posts and horizontal ties consist primarily of Ash wood, while the long 42 foot beams, the tie beams, and the rafters are soft wood.
Quintessential gunstock profile, with perpendicular tenons.
Restored frame, erected on your foundation, with original roof boards installed
This barn would make a wonderful home, great room addition, or garage.