I'm interested in barns and shops so I thought I would share my barn building experience. My house has a basement garage and a 3 car garage, but I have so much STUFF that I decided I really needed another building to help relieve the pressure. I built a larger barn in the early 2000's, but moved, so I needed to built yet another barn at my new place. After my first experience I told everyone that I would never do that again. It's a lot of work and takes months. I do 80% of the work myself. The only things I need help on are the siding and the roofing. I found the plans for both of my barns on the BarnsBarnsBarns.com site. They are plans by an architect in New York. I've talked to him on the phone and he's a good guy and helpful if you have questions.
Anyway, here are the two barns. The first barn had a shed at the rear where I stored my trailer, hence some very wide doors. The smaller barn has a shed on one side only and the photo you see is how it is in it's present state. I still have to build the doors for the shed. I have all of the material neatly stacked in my basement workshop area, I just need to get it done. About 3 weeks work at my pace.
When I'm in full swing on these projects it's 7 days a week if weather permits. Some days I don't work all day, but I do something, otherwise you'll never complete it.
Neither barn has a concrete floor. I just can't afford it. I fill the area with larger rock and then top it off with base rock and grade it as smooth as I can. I just store equipment in the barns. The larger barn didn't even have power to it, but my new barn has power, although I have not run any conduit yet.
The hardest part of the job on the larger barn for me was setting the 6x6 pressure treated posts. Very heavy. I had a larger tractor with loader at the time and used it to lift and set them. I have a 3 point concrete mixer and mixed every load in it. I think I had about 30 posts to set. It was so time consuming to plumb and brace each posts I did something entirely different for the new smaller barn. It was significantly easier. Curious?