They have an enduring rustic charm that has long made them popular as countryside hideaways, with a number of notable examples featured on Dezeen in the past couple of years.
Here is a roundup of 10 barn houses, including conversions of former barns into homes and new builds designed to resemble barns:
Scottish studio Mary Arnold-Forster Architects designed a cluster of small barn-like buildings in Dunkeld that reference traditional farmyard structures found in the area.
"Inspired by Prince Edward County's rural vernacular, the gable roof and L-shape are also a technical response to the area's prevailing south-westerly winds," said the studios. "One wing shields the other, providing a peaceful indoor and outdoor living area that embodies the notion of shelter."
The aptly named Half Barn house by Japanese practice Ryuichi Ashizawa Architects has a timber frame and gable roof that is divided along the ridge to create a separation between indoors and outdoors.
The interior wood surfaces were left exposed as a way to complement the surrounding nature, while overhead awnings and shutters along the side of the exterior timber frame partly shield the outdoor space.
London-based architecture studio TYPE converted the dilapidated Redhill Barn in Devon, southwest England, into a modern family home where the new interventions are distinguished from the old structure.
The studio retained the barn's 200-year-old stone walls and replaced the hipped roof with reflective aluminium sheeting to "ghost" the original roof form.
Referencing the form of a nearby farmhouse, the North Bank house in the Tyne Valley has a steep gable roof that is finished in zinc.
Designed by local practice Elliot Architects, the interior walls are covered with pale brown sealed plaster to create a rustic finish that complements the exposed wood roof structure above.
For his own house in Idaho, northwestern America, architect Mark de Reus created a building of two adjoining forms clad in grey-black stained spruce siding.
A two-storey gabled volume containing the main living and sleeping spaces was designed to resemble a barn, while a single-storey flat-roof volume references low-slung ranch buildings found in the region.
"The proportions, materiality and fenestration of local farm buildings were carefully studied and reflected in the design to create a contemporary yet sympathetic scheme," said Pad Studio. "This ensured The Barn sits comfortably in the local surroundings without becoming pastiche."
London studio Delve Architects transformed this 19th-century haybarn conversion named Woodthorpe Stables by stripping away additions made in the 1950s to reveal the building's original stone structure.
The practice designed two extensions built with Douglas fir frames, which were left exposed to echo the original wooden roof beams in the barn.
Paul Uhlmann Architects built this rural getaway in Pullenvale, Queensland, with a barn-like structure and glazed-gable ends.
The holiday home has a smooth curve at the roof's apex that can be seen throughout the interior, distinguishing it from traditional barn buildings.
This Dutch-style barn in southern England was previously completely open on two sides, but Sandy Rendel Architects clad it in corrugated steel to transform the building into a three-bedroom house.
"Metal-framed, barrel-vaulted Dutch barns have a distinctive appearance, structure, form and materiality and it was key to us to retain this character and aesthetic," said Sandy Rendel, founder of the practice.