connected barn

continuous house

A house that is connected to several other ancillary facilities such as a barn, privy, shed, and/or stable; advantageous in areas having a harsh winter climate because this arrangement permits the residents to use these dependencies without going outdoors. Compare with telescope house.
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It's the way they live, even without the three connected barns from 1835 that used to distinguish their property.