Timber Open Barn Garages (Car Barns)

Timber Open Barn Garages (Car Barns)

 Open Front Timber Car Barn Garages: Compliment & add value to your home (Also available in kit format)


Double Bay Car Barn Garage with workshop (also available in a kit)


Passmores 5-star Car Barn Garage reviews

Passmores range of open barn car garages (or car barns as they are often called) are as visually striking, strong and solid as our other wooden garages and outbuildings, just with one side open.


They are an ideal improvement to any property, offering shelter from the weather for vehicles and classic cars, as well as ample storage for bulky items like garden machinery or sports equipment.


Whether you order your car barn as a single bay, double bay, triple bay or even 4 car barn structure, with space for a workshop, home office or log store, the end result is the same: a valuable and highly useful addition to your property.


These oak-fronted car barn buildings are high-quality, long lasting and attractive with an open front. They look stylish but come without the usual high price tag of a full oak frame structure. 


The Passmores Open barn range offers a choice of prefabricated designs to complement the style of your home, offer spacious car storage, and cater for a wide range of needs. 


Download our open car barn garage brochure here to see the different types of barns we sell.



Our Car Barn Garages are made from sustainable timber


At Passmores, we ensure we do everything possible in our supply chain to minimise our impact on the environment. The structures of our open barns feature a stylish oak front and are primarily made from sustainable timber that has been sourced from ethically managed forests in Sweden. So they not only look good, they’re great for the environment.



How much does a car barn garage cost to build and do you offer barn garage kits?


This depends on the type of barn you want with options available for all budgets. We do not buy-in or outsource our buildings. We manufacture all our timber barns at our workshop in Kent to prefabricated designs that have proven popular for over 30 years. This means we can ensure the quality remains very high and we also have full control over the quality of the timber we use.  


The advantage of using high quality timber is that it lasts for years and doesn't have the high price tag of an oak car barn or carport. 


You can choose your style from our brochure or build your own using our Open Barn & Carriage House price calculator


When it comes to construction, our team can either erect it for you at your home (Delivery zones 1-3 only) or you can opt for the more affordable self-assembly, prefabricated barn kit. 


Timber barn and garage kits are becoming a popular choice for Passmores customers as many enlist their local trusted builder for the project. Each barn kit is transported as a pack with frames, clearly listed items, components, and easy-to-understand instructions.


Trusted timber open barn manufacturer


Passmores are your trusted experts in the field of timber outbuildings. We are a family firm that’s been in the business for more than 100 years.


We’ve built thousands of car barns, timber garages, carriage houses, garden sheds, sports pavilions and equestrian buildings. We have a high number of happy, satisfied customers, with over 150 5-star reviews and counting.


We offer competitive prices, excellent service and the highest quality workmanship from UK manufacture through to installation.


2 Bay Timber Barn Garage & Carport


Do I need planning permission?


We get asked this a lot about our wooden outbuildings and unfortunately, there’s no straightforward answer we can provide.


Planning permission depends on a number of factors like the size, height and location of your proposed building.


In many cases it won’t be necessary unless your property is listed or within a conservation area. However, if you want to position the building within 2m of a boundary or in front of the principal elevation of your home then planning permission will always be required.


We advise you speak to your local planning department about the rules in your specific location or you can find out more at the government’s planning portal www.planningportal.gov.uk. 


Our frequently asked questions page contains the answers to a number of other queries about timber open barn garages and barns. If you can’t find your answer here, don’t hesitate to call us on 01634 290033 and we’ll be happy to help.



Open Barn Garages

Open Barn Garages

Our Open Barn Garages feature:-

  • Robust construction - Morticed, tenoned and pegged oak frames front and rear
  • 35° pitch trussed rafter roof ready for tiling
  • Choice of 9 standard sizes and 2 cladding options
  • Optional sturdy and attractive barn doors (see price list)
  • Rear cat slide roof for traditional appearance and extra depth without increasing overall ridge height
  • Ridge height on 4.8m and 5.4m span buildings is under 4.0m so planning permission is not always required

Choose from 19 x 125 planed shiplap or 2 ex. 32 x 150 sawn featheredged weatherboard cladding. Both are machined from joinery grade northern Scandinavian Redwood timber to Passmores pattern with deep rebate and pressure treated for a long life with low maintenance.

The use by Passmores of high quality joinery grade redwood cladding is, we believe, unique in our industry. The benefits are increasingly felt as the building ages with reduced shrinkage and warping, fewer splits, curling and loose knots.

Passmores offer a tiling service within 100 mile radius of our factory in Kent and we will be delighted to quote to supply and fit natural slate, fibre cement slate, interlocking concrete tiles or plain tiles upon request.

Building Regulations approval is usually required for buildings larger than 30m². (5.4m x 5.4m = 29.16m²). An Open Barn exceeds the structural requirements of the Building Regulations and we can prove it by calculation, so we guarantee that you won't suffer from sagging walls or roof when you buy a Passmore building.

An Open Barn clad in dark stained sawn featheredge weatherboard with a plain tile or natural slate roof, frequently provides a solution for garaging in a conservation area or within the grounds of a listed building.

If space on site is limited it is possible to utilise some of the roof by incorporating a 2 post lift - Please see below for details.

Frequently Asked Questions

This will usually depend on the size, height and location of the proposed new building.

If you are positioning the building close to a boundary or in front of the building line of your home when viewed from the road, then planning consent is usually required.

If the building is to be behind the house, more than 2.0m from a boundary and provided the ridge height is less than 4.0m, then you may not need permission, assuming it is for non business use. Most garden sheds and chalets therefore do not need local authority permission.

However, if you live in a listed property or within a conservation area then planning permission is nearly always required.

The Government Planning Portal www.planningportal.gov.uk contains a wealth of additional information and includes an interactive guide covering most circumstances.

We have over 35 buildings on display in our showground village in Strood, Kent. As well as a full range of Garden Buildings we also display examples of single and double Garages, Carriage Houses, Open Barns, Equestrian buildings and a Club Range with verandah.

Our opening times are Monday - Friday 9.00am - 5.30pm and Saturday 9.00am - 1.00pm. Informed staff are always on hand to answer any questions and offer advice.

If you are interested in viewing a Garage, Carriage House, Club Range or Equestrian building and would prefer not to travel to Kent we may be able to find you a suitable viewing address in your area, in which case please contact us on 01634 290033 with your details.

For Garden Buildings i.e. Sheds, Chalets and Workshops, delivery is free to postcode areas ME, DA, CT, TN, SS, RM and BR and we offer an erection service in these areas. For delivery outside these postcode areas please refer to the Delivery Map.

We deliver Garages, Carriage Houses, Open Barns, Club Range and Equestrian buildings throughout the UK. Delivery is free to most destinations in the South East and outside this area a scaled charge applies depending on your distance from us (see Delivery Map). We offer an erection service in Zones 1, 2 & 3 with published prices for zones 1 & 2 and prices on application for zone 3.

Goods delivered within the mainland UK carry a 12 month warranty against faulty materials or workmanship.

Normally any defect will show in the first few months of the buildings life as it settles onto its foundation.

What our customers say

I was very pleased with the finished Garage. It looks really good beside the house. Great quality and price.

Mr. W. Surrey

As good, if not better than your customer reviews. First class quality, very efficient service.

Mr. U. Gloucestershire

Excellent build quality, quality materials used in construction, good office support and crew who put up the loose boxes and field shelter were also excellent

Mr. J. Dorset

We are very pleased with the quality and workmanship of our timber building. Great price for the quality of product.

Mr. M. Somerset

Both product and service were impeccable. You handled various challenges and rearrangements with consummate professionalism! An established and quality driven firm.

Mr. C. East Sussex