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    09-05-2013, 02:56 AM
Originally Posted by ca4ta    
And I love the idea of getting poles from the utility company. Now to figure out how to get those huge poles to my house.
In the old days, we all used old utility poles. Keep in mind, though, when building with them it's more work because you have to notch them and generally harder to work with than nice dimensionally cut lumber, e.g. 6x6s.

BTW, around here, our rural electric co-op will bring the utility poles to you...check with your electric company.

I am wondering however, what to use as a foundation. I don't really want to pour concrete (which would be excellent for cleanliness but too costly). I'm guessing we'll need stone of some sort and will need to figure out just how much we'll need and how far out to extend it from the barn.
A big benefit of pole barns is that you don't need a foundation to provide any support. All the weight is carried by the poles. As far flooring, we just leave ours dirt, but you can really do whatever you want.
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    09-05-2013, 03:24 AM
Originally Posted by ca4ta    
Since I live in NJ, I will have to fashion a barn that is closed up, so they can keep warm in the cold winters.
Sorry for another post, but I forgot to add that another advantage of a simple pole barn is that you have a lot of flexibility. If you look at the picture below when we built ours, once the load bearing structure is done, you can do whatever your want, walls, doors, windows, stalls, etc. without having to worry/plan for any load.

Another tip from us "cheap" folks. If you have a horse trailer, it makes a great work platform for working on the roof, working on ladders.

Since we wanted a shelter and didn't need stalls, we added that first, put up some corral panels, and they had something covered...

...then started the north/west wall siding before the winter to block the wind...

    09-05-2013, 02:52 PM
Green Broke
Hi, google how to build a barn. You will find many sites, and some have free downloads for the plans. You need to check with your local building codes , it would be terrible to put up a barn to have to tear it down . You can leave the flooring dirt, but down stall mats, tractor supply usually has the 4 x6 mats for around 35 - 40 each. (i used them for my trailer)
If you get snow, I would use a tin roof so the snow could slide off, plus it makes it fireproof, draw back .. noise from rain and hail may attract lightening. Go look at local barns and find a design you like. You will want a tack room, someplace for feed, . If I lived where it snowed, I would also have an indoor wash rack / stock / grooming area. Lol I would need a much larger income to get what I want !! If you have dry lot pens, I would not use electric tape, mine escape with a 2 " wide hot tape all the time , and it will knock a person to the ground, and the just trampled the braid and single wire .
    09-05-2013, 02:54 PM
Green Broke
Painted horses.. I am going to tell my hubby about the horse trailer to stand on. Never thought of that.. But will need to make sure the roof does not dent. I would be really mad to have feet print on the top of my trailer.
    09-05-2013, 03:58 PM
Originally Posted by stevenson    
Painted horses.. I am going to tell my hubby about the horse trailer to stand on. Never thought of that.. But will need to make sure the roof does not dent. I would be really mad to have feet print on the top of my trailer.
I put thin plywood,, 1/4 or 3/8, on top to help distribute the weight because you're right, you can dent the roof if you just stomp around up top.
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    09-05-2013, 04:39 PM
Sorry to ask, but you are zoned for horses, right? I wondered bc you didn't say that you had existing farm buildings on your property. Hope you are and everything goes well.
    09-06-2013, 02:37 PM
Yes, I have checked all local ordinances and met with the town's zoning officer. He did confirm that I'm all set to have the horses here. The town I'm in does not have many restrictions on the type of barn built, but certainly does on it's set back, etc... That will all be handled prior to start of any construction so there is no need to do a tear down. We are planting our pasture grass seed this weekend in an effort to get the pasture a good start. We plan on figuring out exactly what we are going to build, and how over the winter months and will begin actual construction either late spring or early summer next year which will bring the horses over around this time next year. That's the plan anyway....but the best laid plans always change or morph as needed. It will be interesting to see what this project looks like when it's all done.


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