Salt Box Series

The Salt Box style barn series are truly an example of New England’s Yankee ingenuity. The Salt Box is a structure with a loft or a second story on the front portion of the building, and a single story toward the rear. The Salt Box was created to avoid Queen Anne’s taxation of the two-story house in England’ newest Colony. The salt box’s rear roof line descends to the height of a single story structure thus making it exempt from taxation. In those days there was no tax on a 1-story building. Brilliant! It was called a salt box since the roof adaptation made it resemble the actual box with the same name.

The Salt Box can be either a single story barn or a two story barn. Approximately 75% of the buildings overall footprint square footage is available for second floor apartment, storage etc.

The Salt Box can be set-up with a cathedral ceiling, a simple loft, or a livable second floor with a 40 pound per square foot residential floor load capacity. Access to the second floor varies with size from a simple ladder, pull down stairs, or a full set of hearty hemlock built in stairs.


Available Depths:
4’ – 42’ or more

Typical or Common Depths:
18’, 20’, 24’, 26’, 28

Available Lengths:
8’ – 120’ or more

Typical or Common Lengths:
12’, 18’, 24’, 30’, 36’, 42’, 48’


Smaller Salt Box Barns

  • Garden or Potting Shed
  • Tool Shed
  • Maple Sugar Shack
  • Smoke House
  • Out House
  • Wendy House
  • Firewood Shelter
  • Fort
  • Pool Cabana

Larger Salt Box Barns

  • Barn Home
  • Garage / Tractor Barn
  • Workshop
  • Horse Barn
  • Hunting Cabin / Cabin
  • Studio
  • Accessory Building
  • Garage & Apartment
  • Guest House