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First of all, a huge thank you to Ken D. Without his online Picasa album of his beautiful polebarn being constructed, I probably wouldn't have decided to take this project on. There was lots of other great advice here on GTT, and a good friend at our local Lowes was a huge help too. Of course the 2320 came in handy too...

I did it mostly without plans or drawings, just a lot of sleepless nights thinking about it from January to May of this year. I ordered most of the lumber and trusses at the end of June, and it was all delivered the fourth week of July. The roof was up in about two weeks, and I just hooked up the natural gas heater last weekend. While I'm not done, I am done for now... a few little finishing things like insulating the ceiling can be done over the winter. But it is all buttoned up for the winter, warm and dry, and my family and I are quite pleased with how it turned out. In fact, it is much better than I expected, and that is rare...

So, on to the story and pics.

Here is where I decided I wanted the new barn to go - right where my old shed sat in a low, wet spot:
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So, let's move the old shed. But first, I want to move it to the side of the house, and I didn't have room:
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So I made some room. First by cutting down some trees, then by moving about 40 yards of clay, then sandy loam, then 3/4 gravel, then crusher run.
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Then I needed a little road back to where the new barn would go so I don't ruin my lawn.
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Now let's move the old shed, pour a little pad, and make it all look nice.
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OK, now on to the pole barn. Whew!
 

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First, let's clear some more land and move another 40 yards of 3/4 gravel and crusher run.
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Then let's put some drainage in because it gets wet out here: (boy was the toothbar helpful on this one)
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Oh wait - let's do a quick garden, complete with a new fence...
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OK, now let's get some posts in for the barn.
 

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Since Ken went with 4X6 posts, I thought I should do the same - except they weren't available locally. So, lots of glue and lots of screws plus a 2X4 and a 4X4, and voila, 18 16' 4X6s appeared.

I used the 2320 with a 12" auger on my Countyline PHD to drill the holes. We have about 8" of topsoil, then 2 or 3 feet of red clay, and then 10 ' or more of gray clay. And man is the clay sticky. But the tractor handled it all with ease, and I only broke one shear bolt out of 19 holes. Yes 19 - if you look at the back left you'll see two posts in the corner - I mismeasured after a long day and put one in the wrong place...

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And yes, I mixed 5 bags of concrete for each hole. And moved each bag (about 100 bags) 3 times each... won't do that again.
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The headers were carriage bolted, and the purlins tacked with a framing nailer, then screwed in with 3.5" screws.

Next, I started hanging the trusses. The size of the barn is 16' X 32', and the trusses have a 18" overhang and a 4/12 pitch. I carried each one about 300 feet from the street where they were delivered out to the barn location. I hung them one at a time by getting one end up upside down, lifting the other end over the header, and then flipping them up once they had both ends on the headers.
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As you can see in the photos, I decided to put the 4 end posts in last.

Things always went faster when I had another pair of hands to help:
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Now, lets get the roof sheeted, roofing felt over the whole thing, with shingles to come.
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With 9 yards of concrete on the way, let's get a vapour barrier, rebar perimeter, and mesh down and tied together:
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The truck can't come out to the barn, so my neighbor with a nice Kubota BX pitched in. We moved it all in about an hour and a half:
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Now, let's get to framing, hanging windows and doors, and closing it in:
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We decided a pair of French doors made it look less like a barn, and more like a little studio retreat...
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Now some board and batten vinyl siding and aluminum soffits...
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It is August now, what about the garden?
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Yeah, there were a few weeds, but we were on vacation for a few weeks...

So, siding is up. Now we need some power. I thought renting a trencher would make it easy. I had to dig two 180' trenches (for gas and electric), and it was easily the single toughest job of all.
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OK, with power, now we can get on with it. How about 26' of workbench (a little shorter one for the kids), satellite tv, wifi, and a beer fridge?
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Now let's close up the garage door opening with a proper door!
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All the aluminum capping is done (I hired someone to do that for me), along with a little cedar deck out front:
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Inside, the bottom 4 feet of the walls is done in 3/8" good-one-side plywood, with drywall up to the ceiling. The ceiling is being done in 1/4" OSB. R12 in the walls, and R40 batts in the ceiling. Ceiling is 10' high, and the garage door is 8' wide by 9' high. For electric, to save some dough I ran #6 aluminum, and have 119 V (30 amps) almost 190 feet from my main panel in the house.

The heater is in:
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And lastly, we planted some shrubs in the front of the new barn - although I don't have any photos on my computer since it was landscaped. But, except for some finishing inside (window sills, trim, ceiling, etc.), I'm done!
 

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WOW, Whito, that is a fantastic building! :yahoo: :good2:
 

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WOW, Whito, that is a fantastic building! :yahoo: :good2:
Thanks Kenny. We'll paint the doors to match the rest of the building once it warms up again in the spring. For now, I'm thrilled with it!

And again, thanks for the inspiration. Your red barn is what this one was based on - including your hand drawing!
 

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Very impressive!

Man that is one sweet job! Congrats on a job well done.:thumbup1gif:


I did cringe for a second when I saw the pics of concrete in the bucket. But a good rinse immediately afterwards would make it ok.:drinks:
 

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That is great! Now, what everyone is going to want to know, if you don't mind telling. How much? :)
Well, doing about 90% of the labour on my own, I think I'm just around $12K. Maybe a grand more with the landscaping. Spent three times as much as I budgeted on the siding, but I think the look is worth it. We wanted the building to blend into the woods.

Lowes set me up with a commercial account, and they saved me at least 15% on just about everything. Windows and doors came from Grossman's Bargain Outlet. Concrete was about $2K including the finishers. Trusses were $700 for 17 of them (2' spacing).

I'm guessing if I had hired a contractor to do it soup to nuts, it would have been north of $30K.

I had good help though. Electrician friend helped do the conduit and long runs. Gas fitter pal did the gas line and hookups. A couple other pals helped with a lot of other stuff... And the JD paid for itself.
 

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Man that is one sweet job! Congrats on a job well done.:thumbup1gif:


I did cringe for a second when I saw the pics of concrete in the bucket. But a good rinse immediately afterwards would make it ok.:drinks:
Yep, a good rinse took it all off. I didn't think twice about using the JD - that's what it is for...
 

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Drool, drool, drool. :good2::good2::good2:

So nice!
 

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That came out beautiful! And I think you came out well ahead at $12k and doing so much yourself.
 

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One other comment/question. What siding did you use? It looks like a pre- made board and batten. I really like this look and color choice
 

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WOW! Whito123. I have to agree with others, IMPRESSIVE!
 

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Congrats on a very nice building and also a job well done.

Is this where you will park the 2320?
 
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