Last fall we purchased 4.6 acres in NE Ohio to build our final dream home. It was far less acreage than I wanted but it included a nice 60x60' pole barn built in 1998. Also, we own 56 acres about 125 miles away that's perfect for outdoor liesure. The new home should be complete late summer or early fall of this year. Considering that I'll be 60 this year, having less acreage to mow is probably a good thing (that's how I'm rationalizing it).
In the meantime, I'm day dreaming about my new "man cave" barn. I've attached a link to some photos and there's also a short video my wife took shortly after we purchased the lot. All of the stuff seen in the barn belonged to someone who rented it from the developer and is now gone.
It has a dedicated water well, hot water tank, concrete in the main area and electric (including 220). It has a small second floor loft, two large slider doors, two smaller slider doors on a section that appears to be an "add on" and two man doors. The add-on segment of the barn currently has a dirt floor but we're pouring concrete in that space in the spring. Finally, there's a very large asphalt pad in front and four outdoor yard hydrants that I'll probably deactivate.
The barn needs a little ceiling insulation TLC and new gutters which we've included in the budget. I've got a couple of large portable fans for the summer but now I'm agonizing over generating a little heat in the barn for winters. We won't have any critters in the barn (except uninvited guests) but plan to keep my motorized toys, trailer and workshop tools there. I don't plan to spend much time in the barn in sub zero temperatures but would like the option to warm up a working space to get out of the house to tinker around for a few hours. Also, I don't want to have condensation or rust problems. I have engine block heaters for the motorized toys.
Now, there's no natural gas but I could put in a dedicated propane tank if needed. I'm OK burning wood too. Lately I've been reading about infrared radiant ceiling tube heaters. Does anyone have a recommendation on these or other cost effective options? Thanks in advance for your feedback.