Difference between Australian and American Barn Style Sheds


A barn refers to an umbrella-like shed that is popular on rural properties all around the world. The most common ones are American barn-style sheds and Australian (Aussie) barn-style sheds. Both of them are similar in some aspects, yet they do have some distinctive differences. However, it does not mean that the design of one is superior to the other. It is so because the design of a barn solely depends upon its use and functionality. It is the individual owner who can design a barn according to his or her needs and preferences.

Timber garage with blue painted walls

Listed below are some clear differences between Australian and American barn-style sheds:

  • There is a distinctive raised central breezeway along with a vertical drop in between the main structure and two of the symmetrical side awnings in the case of American barn-style sheds. As compared to its Aussie counterpart, this central bay along with the dropped roofline is quite high and wide. It leads to the creation of a more visually complex as well as appealing exterior which lends itself to an enhanced functionality option and versatile storage. They are generally 20 degrees high at the center and have 7.5-degree awnings on either side. The American barn-style sheds can accommodate horse floats and caravans on its higher central breezeway, and because of this, it acts as an ideal solution for involving horses. Such barns can be customized and designed for stabling.

  • American barn-style sheds if furnished with mezzanine flooring offer more versatile and expansive space for storage and work. This mezzanine floor can be expanded towards the exterior of the barn which creates an undercover balcony for increased functionality and improved aesthetics. The Aussie barn does not have a drop in the roofline, although it does have a high-pitched central bay with closed awnings on each of its adjacent sides.

  • Both designs are useful for a wide range of purposes that includes safe and secure storage of different farm equipment, livestock, and vehicles. They can also be used as a space for work, store horses, or, pursue any hobby. Both of the American barn-style sheds, and the Australian one has the advantage of being customized to suit the preferences and budget of the owner.

  • American barn-style sheds are steel shed structures that offer a wide range of storage possibilities for a business or any other purpose. They are extremely functional and usually consist of three sheds in one. It refers to the fact that there is plenty of available space for storing things like automation, boats, workshops, horse shelters, etc. One of the benefits of the American barn is that there is a provision for having a single roller door, multiple doors, or even a combination of both.

Barn-style shed with white garage door

Aussie barns also offer similar functionality, flexibility, and versatility to that of American barn-style sheds, but the only difference is that the former ones tend to be a resemblance of a classic Australian colonial farm building. With the option of separating different areas of the barn by the installation of internal walls, the Aussie barns are the best solution to store big farm machinery. The internal space can also be maximized in the case of Aussie barns.

While the American barn-style sheds are more complex and interesting to look at as compared to the Australian-style barn, the latter has a simpler and more modest look. Both barns consist of three segments, but while the American barn-style sheds have a raised roof, the Australian one is flat. Both have the advantage of being customized according to one’s wishes.

Whichever type of barn you choose make sure that they are strong enough to withstand any climatic condition and meet your expectations.

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