How To Read Our Plans

Selecting the most suitable plan for you is a matter of matching your needs, tastes and life style against the many designs we offer. When you study the featured floor plans, and the drawings that you may subsequently order, remember that they are two-dimensional representations of what will eventually be a three-dimensional reality – your new barn.

Floor plans are easy to read. Rooms and levels are clearly labelled, with dimensions given in millimetres (e.g. 6650 – this means 6.65 metres). Most symbols are logical and self-explanatory: bathroom fixtures, fireplaces, ceramic floor tiles, sinks, stoves, refrigerators and benches.


The drawings, although much more detailed than those on this website, are also easy to read. The drawings are printed on A3 sheets, each one containing different elements of information. When you first study a floor plan, imagine that you are walking through the building. By mentally visualising each room or space in three dimensions, you can translate the technical data and symbols into something real.

The floor plan sheet gives your builder the overall and detail dimensions as well as general information required by him. The elevation sheet deals with the exterior wall finishes, windows and doors. The sections and detail sheets show structure, precise dimensions, fittings, construction details and floor slabs. The specification outlines the quality required in each trade and lists the appropriate Australian Standard pertaining to materials and workmanship. The engineering drawings show the footings and floor slab with reinforcing steel and edge detailing. From these drawings and specifications the builder can ‘take off’ his material and labour list in order to calculate costs.

For submission to Council you will need to prepare a site plan on which you locate your barn with dimensions shown from the site boundaries and also show any other existing buildings on the site.


As you study the plan you may encounter a staircase. It is indicated by a group of parallel lines with the number of lines equalling the number of steps. The arrow indicates the direction to go ‘up’ the stairs. Some of the stairs change direction by the use of a landing which may have ‘winders’ (steps running across the landing at an angle).

All of the stairs shown inside the building are ‘closed’ stairs, which means they have treads and risers with lining on the raked underside. All of the stairs shown outside the building are ‘open’ stairs, which means they only have treads, set into the two ‘stringers’ (raking side pieces and main supports for the stairs).


All of the barns illustrated have raked ceilings with exposed structural timber framing. This needs to be kept in mind when considering furnishing the upper floors of both the Fiddletown and Pitt Town profile. Look at the sections on the drawings to determine the heights at the sides and ends of the building so you can consider positions of beds, wardrobes, dressing tables, etc.


A general schematic layout is included with the drawings for your builder or electrician to use to prepare an estimate. It is important to note that as all of the structural timber elements are exposed (including the upper floor joists seen under the ceiling downstairs) the electrical wiring needs to be run in the available walls and roof lining space only. Wiring to suspended fittings should be looped from a wall mounted rose (downstairs) and a blocked ridge rose (upstairs).