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Any good farmer knows that in order to be successful you need a place to protect your animals and harvested crops from the effects of Mother Nature. In most instances, a large barn is built to provide
this essential protection. Sometime during the 1930’s, the farmer owning the land currently identified as 3905 S Mill Road built a large 20x40 Danish barn to protect his assets from the elements. Utilizing
dimensional materials provided by the Emmett Mill, local artisans “glued” or “laminated” a vast number of smaller pieces of timber into single, large structural beams called “glued laminated timber” which is often shortened to “glulam”. These “glulam” beams were used for the vertical and horizontal supports for the entire barn. Some of the beams were gently curved to support the tin roof. Large steel plates
and screws were then used to join the beams together. This original construction is easily recognized in today’s photos and provides an element of Old World charm to the entire acreage.
In 2014, renovations were begun to convert this 1930’s Danish barn into a one-of-a kind home. For the most part, the original barn remains untouched with only minor modifications to accommodate a
ground level bedroom, windows over looking the kitchen area and the addition of a carport and RV garage. The second floor loft space remains a blank canvas for the addition of a master bedroom suite,
studio apartment, game room, family room… the possibilities are endless! There is a limited amount of electrical wiring available in the loft area and plumbing for a bath is already located near the northwest corner.
Check out this YouTube video to learn more about the modern glulam process: