DE­SIGN TIP

Timber Home Living - - Product Guide -

Much like in com­mer­cial spa­ces, if done cor­rectly, it’s not that im­por­tant to hide util­i­ties in a barn struc­ture. “Hon­estly, it’s okay if util­i­ties re­main ex­posed,” says Paul Baker of Coun­try Car­pen­ters. “If you go this route, just be sure to use a ma­te­rial that you’d ex­pect to see in a barn.” For ex­am­ple, for plumb­ing, you might choose cop­per or gal­va­nized pip­ing to keep with the style. When it comes to elec­tri­cal wiring, use a BX type of wire in­stead of one that you’d find within the walls of a res­i­den­tial home. Also, if your barn is in­su­lated with SIPs, keep in mind that you can cut chases in the pan­els to hide elec­tri­cal and plumb­ing in­side the ex­te­rior walls.

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