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I am going to build a new barn in the spring and I am struggling with the layout. I keep finding items that I would like to add.

1. I would like to have an attic. I have no clue if thats possible with 40 foot trusses.

2. I struggle with the garage door width, but I have it set now with 2 16' wide doors that are 12' tall and one 12 x10. Walls will be 14'.

3. I believe I can put a frost free hydrant in so I do not have to heat the smaller wash/work area. This area will be finished and insulated with a forced air heater. simple cheap.

I am open to all thoughts!
 

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Good layout Brian. One thing I'd change is the doors. I'd move one of the 16' doors to the rear wall and have it where I could pull straight through if needed. One of the positive things about that is I can leave the front door (the one visitors would see when they drive up) closed and go out the back door and leave it open until I come back / finish my work. The barn looks secure from the front side and I can keep an eye on the back most of the time.

But you know what you want and why you need two doors that size in the front and I don't. Just for me, the drive through has been extremely useful. My sidewalls are 14 ft and my builder said with a 40 ft span a barn loft / attic was not feasible without supports underneath.
 

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I would like to drive out the back, but it will not work unless I cut down some major trees and make a 200 foot long drive.

I had 12' wide doors all across on the front but I think they would be an issue over time when trying to back things in.
 

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Brian,

For the loft / attic space, take your general thoughts to a materials supplier and ask them what materials you would need to use in order to provide some loft space. Some of the larger companies have folks that will do a cursory review of plans and advise you about using things like LVL instead of fir, etc...

Also - what about providing the loft space over the finished area? I would think that having a load bearing wall to put joists on would give you an opportunity to create some finished space above that area.
 

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Is the walk-thru door between the two 16ft overhead doors going to swing into the 16ft door opening?
 

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No, its hard to keep adjusting walls and doors to the perfect spot, so its where it is.
Since you don't need the small door if the big door is open, you could always install overhead doors that have the small door integrated into them. :thumbup1gif:
 

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Since you don't need the small door if the big door is open, you could always install overhead doors that have the small door integrated into them. :thumbup1gif:
How would you walk through it if the overhead door is open? DUH!:lol:

I priced that option when I bought our doors, BIG dollars. Also found out, most companies install them after the big door is up.
 

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How would you walk through it if the overhead door is open? DUH!:lol:
Basically, you'll need a ladder on the outboard side of the big door and another underneath the small door opening. It's hairy, but it can be done.

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Basically, you'll need a ladder on the outboard side of the big door and another underneath the small door opening. It's hairy, but it can be done.

:lol:
I like it!
 
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