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  • Today, the Great Plains Gambrel Barn Home stands 70 miles from Billings, Montana, where Larry Krug was born and raised.
    Sand Creek Post & Beam, www.sandcreekpostandbeam.com

    Evolving over time

    Today, the Great Plains Gambrel Barn Home stands 70 miles from Billings, Montana, where Larry Krug was born and raised.

    Larry and his wife, Barbara, who now live in Texas, wanted to build a home in Montana, where their children and granchildren could gather as a family. 

    With the assistance of Sand Creek Post & Beam, Larry was able to construct the unique home he wanted to build. Since 2009, the couple has enjoyed the barn home during the summers, and it has been an ongoing project for Larry as it continues to evolve.

    “I worked on a very simple plan, and it has just evolved over time,” says Larry.

    Date Published: August 25, 2014
    Date Updated: August 25, 2014
  • Before building the barn home, Larry did a lot of research on the type of house he wanted.
    Sand Creek Post & Beam, www.sandcreekpostandbeam.com

    Deciding on a country home

    Before building the barn home, Larry did a lot of research on the type of house he wanted.

    After looking at numerous log cabin style houses, he came across a picture of a barn home on Sand Creek Post & Beam’s website. Larry eventually decided to build a barn home instead of a log cabin.

    “I wanted to do something that was really unique,” says Larry. “Log cabins are great, but once I saw the barn homes, I knew that’s what I wanted.”

    Date Published: August 25, 2014
    Date Updated: August 25, 2014
  • Sand Creek Post & Beam supplied Larry with a barn kit that had all the materials he needed to build the barn home, including: wood, knee braces, beams, cross beams and bolts, which were all numbered for him to put together.
    Sand Creek Post & Beam, www.sandcreekpostandbeam.com

    Sand Creek Post & Beam

    Originally, Larry wanted a smaller barn home with animals in the lower part of the building and living quarters above.  Throughout the process, Larry made many revisions to his original idea with the help and expertise of others.

    Sand Creek Post & Beam supplied CAD technology on the beams and structure, and Larry recalls them being very helpful-- going through many iterations as the building changed from two stories to three stories, and wings were added on the side.

    Sand Creek Post & Beam supplied Larry with a barn kit that had all the materials he needed to build the barn home, including: wood, knee braces, beams, cross beams and bolts, which were all numbered for him to put together.

    “They sent me the supplies I needed to construct the barn home,” says Larry. “And if I had questions, they were very helpful.”

    Date Published: August 25, 2014
    Date Updated: August 25, 2014
  • The three levels include: the “man cave,” as Larry calls it, located on the first floor, the master bedroom, guest room, kitchen and main living quarters is located on the second floor, and the loft is equipped with a pool table and games where the grandchildren play.
    Sand Creek Post & Beam, www.sandcreekpostandbeam.com

    Three levels

    The first floor is 60x48, and the second and third floors are 36x48.

    The three levels include: the “man cave,” as Larry calls it, which is located on the first floor, the master bedroom, guest room, kitchen and main living quarters are located on the second floor, and the loft is equipped with a pool table and games where the grandchildren play.

    “My favorite room is the lower level,” says Larry. “It is a very functional, compact area where I spend almost all of my time when I am alone and there is no need to climb stairs."

    Larry's description of the lower level (pictured on the left): "On the left is the oak table around which our lives revolved when we raised our children. It has a replica Remington bronze of a cowboy as the centerpiece. We had the table refinished for the barn home and purchased new chairs as our Labradors dogs chewed most of the rungs in the day. The kitchen area is to the right in front of where the two bar stools set, the bedroom and bath are directly ahead, and my den and a covered patio area are behind where the photo was taken. The TV is on the wall in front of the couch. The alder cabinetry is built in with granite tops in the kitchen."

    Date Published: August 25, 2014
    Date Updated: August 25, 2014
  • The home has square windows, like an old barn, and even barn doors on the outside.
    Sand Creek Post & Beam, www.sandcreekpostandbeam.com

    Barn or home?

    The home has square windows, like an old barn, and even barn doors on the outside.

    The structure sits at a 200-degree angle, so that the south side of the building faces Granite Peak (highest point in Montana), and Mount Wood (second highest point in Montana). To the east of the building is a river, where Larry enjoys fishing.

    “The north side of the house, that faces the road, only has two windows, and there’s barn door on the West side of the home,” says Larry. “People think it’s actually a barn until they see the south side of the building, which has more windows and looks more like a home.”

    Date Published: August 25, 2014
    Date Updated: August 25, 2014
  • The structure has high ceilings to keep it cool in the summer, since it doesn't have air condition.
    Sand Creek Post & Beam, www.sandcreekpostandbeam.com

    Features

    The structure has high ceilings to keep it cool in the summer, since it doesn't have air conditioning.

    The walls are thin with exposed beams, and electric and plumbing are run through the edges of the floorboards. A commercial grain roof was put on the home, so Larry wouldn’t have to mess with it again, and he put rocks around the outside of the home to dissipate water run-off from the roof.

    A dumbwaiter was put in on the lower level to help move heavy objects to the second floor.

    “The best idea was the dumbwaiter that utilizes an old fashioned hand rope instead of an electric motor,” says Larry. “It works great bringing groceries and supplies to go from the downstairs directly to the kitchen. It is large enough to also move suitcases for our guests.”

    The pine barn is also known for its lovely scent.

    “One of the biggest compliments I get is how nice it smells because of the wood."

    Date Published: August 25, 2014
    Date Updated: August 25, 2014
  • The second floor kitchen was designed by Barbara with distressed cabinets, a copper farmhouse sink, granite counters and a center island.
    Sand Creek Post & Beam, www.sandcreekpostandbeam.com

    Decor

    As a history major in college, Larry couldn’t wait to decorate the home with art and decor that represents the Crow Indians, who used to live in the area.

    “Most of the decorations reflect history,” says Larry. “Barbara did a lot of decorating, especially in the kitchen, master bedroom and the guest room on the second floor.”

    The second floor kitchen was designed by Barbara with distressed cabinets, a copper farmhouse sink, granite counters and a center island. She also has a desk area behind the wall to the left.

    One window allows a view of the parking area and the fields to the north, as well as Fishtail Creek. The other window opens to the deck, the back yard and the West Rosebud Creek to the east.

    Date Published: August 25, 2014
    Date Updated: August 25, 2014
  • The log bed in the guest room and the nightstand were made by a local artisan.
    Sand Creek Post & Beam, www.sandcreekpostandbeam.com

    Guest bedroom

    The log bed in the guest room and the nightstand were made by a local artisan. 

    Date Published: August 25, 2014
    Date Updated: August 25, 2014
  • The barn home is located on a 25-acre homestead with a unique New England style stable, and a designated area for a campfire outside.
    Sand Creek Post & Beam, www.sandcreekpostandbeam.com

    Cathedral of the plains

    Larry and Barbara have four children and 12 grandchildren (the oldest grandchild is eight). With three bedrooms, and space for pull-down beds and air mattresses in the loft, it has plenty of space to accommodate the whole family. 

    The barn home is located on a 25-acre homestead with a unique New England style stable, and a designated area for a campfire outside.

    The Gambrel Barn Home is also known as “The Cathedral of the Plains,” and Larry says, “Just as a cathedral is never finished, I’ll never be done working on my barn home.”

    Future projects for Larry include installing a broom closet, incorporating glass doors for all the showers and continuing to put rocks around the home to add to its natural beauty.

    For more information about Sand Creek Post & Beam, and pictures of the Great Plains Gambrel Barn Home, you can visit: www.sandcreekpostandbeam.com.

    Date Published: August 25, 2014
    Date Updated: August 25, 2014

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