How to Build a Barn


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This easy "How to Build a Barn" idea, makes owning a barn space a possibility, whether you need it for gardening equipment, or as a space to keep your small livestock, you'll want to see this. You may not have thought you'd ever own a barn, let alone build your own, but with these simple instructions you will see how it is possible.

On the site you will find step by step instructions and photos on how this couple built their small barn. They started with an 18 by 20 foot carport by CoverAll with 5 foot legs.

They enclosed the sides and ends with 5/4 inch by 6 inch treated lumber. Dividers were then built and stalls were created. Each stall is approximately 6 x 7. These may seem small, but their miniature horses are in only twice a day for feeding. They are only left in overnight if they are ill or if the weather doesn't allow turnout. Even in a 6 x 7 stall their largest mare, 36 inch Brandi, can roll over and seems comfortable. In this barn all the doors are swinging doors. In the newer barn all the doors are sliding doors. The end result their first barn has three 6 by 7 stalls, one 6 by 14 stall and one tack room. This also gives a 6 foot aisle down the center. The 6 by 14 stall was used as a foaling stall for Vicki, their first pregnant mare.

A barn is typically an agricultural building primarily located on farms and used for many purposes, most often for the housing of livestock and storage of crops. In addition, barns may be used for equipment storage, as a covered workplace, and for activities such as threshing. The word barn is also used to describe buildings used for uses such as a tobacco barn or dairy barn. Byre is a word for one type of barn meant for keeping cattle. In the United States older barns were built from timbers hewn from trees on the farm and built as a log crib barn or timber frame, although stone barns were sometimes built in areas where stone was a cheaper material for building.

A log house (or log home) is structurally identical to a log cabin (a house typically made from logs that have not been milled into conventional lumber). The term log cabin is not preferred by most contemporary builders, as it generally refers to a smaller, more rustic log house such as a hunting cabin in the woods, or a summer cottage. Log construction was the most common building technique in large regions of Sweden, Finland, Norway, the Baltic states and Russia, where straight and tall coniferous trees, such as pine and spruce, were readily available. It was also widely used for vernacular buildings in Eastern Central Europe, the Alps, the Balkans and parts of Asia, where similar climatic conditions were present. In the warmer and more westerly regions of Europe, where deciduous trees were more dominant, timber framing was favoured instead.


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