what is BAARN?


BAARN is an exciting new timber-frame kit-house service by Roderick James Architects 

Beautiful  |  Affordable  |  Adaptable  |  Rural-living  |  Naturally

BAARN embraces your love of the outdoors...

BAARN has beautiful living spaces to lift the spirits...

BAARN shares your love of natural wood, soft colours and warm interiors...

BAARN is your new dream home

the baarn concept
BAARN pre-fab house bedroom with exposed structural green oak frame including ceiling joists

Why should you choose BAARN?

The BAARN prefabricated kit-house designs are based around off-site fabric first construction principles for reduced costs and improved energy efficiency. 

The BAARN service includes adaptable timber-frame designs to suit your needs.

You decide the level of BAARN service required, from a timber-frame kit for self-builders -  to a full turn-key service.

why choose baarn?

Roderick James Architects have designed three different house types - each kit house has flexible design possibilities:

-  BAARN Loft House - the classic timber framed barnhouse

-  BAARN Sky Pavilion - an elegant kit house based on a mono-pitch pole-barn

-  BAARN Prairie Cabin - beautifully simple timber frame cabin with integral verandah

-  BAARN Bespoke - the BAARN ethos applied to your own timber framed house design

House Types
Roderick James Architects oak framed office in Scotland – drawing board

The BAARN kit house service includes your own dedicated Project Architect provided by Roderick James Architects, who will guide you through obtaining the necessary permissions.


Our Architects have built a reputation over the last forty years for good quality contemporary timber frame house design with a focus on space, light and adaptable layouts using sustainable construction methods. 


You can choose the level of interior and exterior finishes to suit your personal taste and budget - from traditional green oak frame interiors to contemporary whitewashed softwood.

Our designers offer a free initial meeting at one of our offices, so please do get in touch!

The Designers

BAARN Brochure Download

BAARN Brochure (pdf)


BAARN Loft House video – 

explore this classic timber framed barnhouse kit