I thought it was time to start my own thread on my barn build as there always seems to be people who enjoy this type of construction.
To start, the plans...
- 30- x 48- post barn building with 13' interior height.
- 12" overhang on all sides
- 4" concrete and 5-6" concrete at the location for the two post car lift
- two 10' x 10' doors on the north gable end and one 8' x 8' door at the south gable end
- one entry door on the west wall toward the north end
- two 3' x 3' windows evenly spaced on the west wall
All windows and doors are insulated.
Why did I choose this building dimension and door size?
Well on reason is cost, 36' width was considerably more and it was much cheaper to go longer than wider. Also, the site location is a little awkward as the septic mound is south of the building and the property line is just to the East. This limited what I was going to be able to do. Also, I plan on finishing and heating this building so I did not want a huge building anyways. Just large enough for a couple vehicles, my tractor and a couple toys.
The 13' interior height is very important to me as I will be installing a 2 post car lift as I do almost all maintenance myself on my immediate family as well as close friends vehicles. A car lift is really not horribly expensive and will make life so much easier.
The door size was a struggle for me. My wife and I just finished building our dream home and a lot of care was taken to ensure the house was dimensioned correctly without having any features that were too big to too small or overdone. Since the North side of the gable end of the barn will be the focal point of the barn as you drive up the lane, I want the doors to look symmetrical and fit the building size correctly. I just felt that anything bigger than a 10 x 10 would make the barn look too industrial. Plus that door size should fit anything I will be putting in the barn. The rear 8 x 8 door is just an entry door for my tractor and side by side and should be large enough.
Our house has a black metal roof with white vertical siding. Its VERY country looking and we want the barn to compliment the house as much as possible. So we are going with a black metal roof, autumn red siding and white trim. We even are going so far as to match the barn door panels with the garage door panels on the house. There will be a copula with a weather vane on top.
Who is building this barn?
After about a year of planning and getting quotes I decided to go with Pacemaker buildings. There were about in the middle price wise with other quotes I got but they allow me to save some series coin on doing a lot of the work myself. I am pretty handy as I am a mechanical engineer who has worked in the construction industry for 15 years so I am capable of doing much of the work myself and if I need help (which is usually the case) I have a lot of contacts that I can refer to. Also, My family farm is three miles away so heavy equipment is readily available. So basically Pacemaker will be building the shell, pouring the concrete and installing the windows and doors. I will be doing all the site work, electrical, drainage, and interior finishing.
I also went with Pacemaker as they have built another building for my family and I like their work. The end of the construction process I will review them so others on this forum who might be looking for a barn builder may have an idea how they are to work with.