Scratch Builders LLC

Hay Barn

This barn in Charlotte, VT sits alongside a working hay field, which informed the classic design. The frame is a carbon copy of a mid-to late nineteenth century barn, one you can still find all over Vermont. The canted purlin roof system solved the country’s hay track crisis. After new hay track technology was invented, people started hacking apart their old barns’ tie beams to accommodate the rolling track that could carry hay across the barn. The diagonal roof bracing (canted purlin post) allowed farmers to install the track with no obstructions. This design, albeit technologically less critical now, is singular in its elegance and structural efficiency. Our scope of work included the entire build— we oversaw the foundation and site work, cut and raised the frame, built the large sliding barn door, and installed the siding and roofing. The 12’ transom window was built by a local cabinet and window maker. All of the wood used on the project is eastern white pine from the sawmill LSF Forest Products in Fletcher, VT.