We looked at having a timber frame company use antique barn beams from a local barn - but realized that wasn't feasible. In researching that process we came across the concept of a barn home and of our builder who relocates barn frames to your property and helps you turn them into a home. Dale at Antique Woods & Colonial Restorations specifically uses barns sourced from Canada due to their size and construction. The frame we picked out is over 150 years old and is from Ontario - specifically the London area and was a stately barn that was no longer being used for daily farming. We were able to drive up and visit it (as well as meet the family that lived on the farm and the man that was raised there). The frame was disassembled and loaded onto a tractor trailer and sent to upstate NY where Dale's shop is. The frame stayed in storage, while we worked on infrastructure on our property and created a floor plan (and had a second child). We created the floor plan so that we would not have to modify the barn frame when it was re-errected. We also wanted the home to feel old even though it was a new build. A local builder prepared our foundation and then Dale brought the frame down and raised it. We also used a separate barn frame for the garage. The process was a bit unconventional and we had a hard time finding a local builder who "got it." However, once we finally got all the major pieces into place the build went fairly fast. We broke ground in October. They had the foundation poured in a few weeks and at the end of October/ early November the barn frames came down. In one week both frames were erected on the slab foundations. By Christmas they were weathered in since we used SIPs. - structurally insulated panels. We moved into the home in July!