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    08-10-2012, 03:01 PM
  #21
Yearling
Ideally, we're planning on moving this December. We've found a few houses that look promising - now we have to go see them in person. They're all about an acre, and in that area you're allowed to have two horses per acre. Most have outbuildings of some sort, but not really a barn like I would like. For under 5k, I think we could afford to build a barn next summer (AND I'm going to be a teacher, so I've got 3+ months to dedicate myself to building it!)

And I totally don't mind filling this up with barn plans - I just want something small and efficient, so we don't take up too much pasture area by building a barn (which is likely what the tradeoff will be). I enjoy seeing everyone's creative ideas! Plus, I want this to be as simple as possible so I can actually build it lol.

And thanks for the building tips and suggestions - I want to be sure I have a game plan for everything before I start planning and building for real!
     
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    08-10-2012, 03:34 PM
  #22
Green Broke
More tips
- For something simple, avoid trusses for the roof. Trusses are a PITA to make yourself. You can buy them pre-built, but they are still a chore to put up without lots of folks or something to hoist them.
- Use square drive exterior screws instead of nails as much as possible. They cost more than nails, but you can drive them with a cordless drill as fast as nails and you don't have to deal with nails that back out over time. It will last forever with no maintenance.
- Go with metal siding. Overall it's no more expensive than wood siding, you can get it in any color and it never needs painting.
- For barn hardware, etc (stall doors) look at the Tractor Supply web site. They're the cheapest place around here.
- Put in a good supply of beer. Guys will help you do anything if there is a cold cooler there.
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    08-10-2012, 03:43 PM
  #23
Yearling
We are also planning to build a barn sometime next summer. I did get a number of quotes for a 36x36 pole barn. They came in at about 20-22 K, including labour ( assuming the site is graded and ready). Materials were about 8-10 K, and that is without any stalls, insulation, electrical etc. Roof trusses were quite expensive, and we would need to hire a "picker" to get them up on the roof. We are also looking into building a larger "lean to" style pole shed with one cantilevered roof rather than a trussed peak roof. Like you, I need hay storage, a couple of stalls, tack storage and space to get out of the elements when tacking up and when the farrier comes.

If you can work with central support poles in your structure, you won't need roof trusses, which should cut down on the cost some.

PaintHorseMares - is this what you did in my your barn?
     
    08-10-2012, 03:44 PM
  #24
Yearling
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Originally Posted by PaintHorseMares    
More tips
- For something simple, avoid trusses for the roof. Trusses are a PITA to make yourself. You can buy them pre-built, but they are still a chore to put up without lots of folks or something to hoist them.
- Use square drive exterior screws instead of nails as much as possible. They cost more than nails, but you can drive them with a cordless drill as fast as nails and you don't have to deal with nails that back out over time. It will last forever with no maintenance.
- Go with metal siding. Overall it's no more expensive than wood siding, you can get it in any color and it never needs painting.
- For barn hardware, etc (stall doors) look at the Tractor Supply web site. They're the cheapest place around here.
- Put in a good supply of beer. Guys will help you do anything if there is a cold cooler there.
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Great advice! Thanks!
     
    08-10-2012, 03:48 PM
  #25
Green Broke
Yes. If you look at the first couple pictures, you see 9 6x6 poles with 4 2x12 rafters (1 on each end and 2 in the center) bolted to them, and 2x6 purlins to support the metal roofing. Much simpler than trusses.
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    08-10-2012, 03:49 PM
  #26
Yearling
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Originally Posted by jillybean19    
Ideally, we're planning on moving this December. We've found a few houses that look promising - now we have to go see them in person. They're all about an acre, and in that area you're allowed to have two horses per acre. Most have outbuildings of some sort, but not really a barn like I would like. For under 5k, I think we could afford to build a barn next summer (AND I'm going to be a teacher, so I've got 3+ months to dedicate myself to building it!)
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Best of luck jillybean19 with finding the perfect home and with your new career. I have been a teacher for over 15 years. It is a wonderfully rewarding career, but those summer months do go very fast!

As I posted, I am also looking for a barn very similar to what you have described. Although I am north of the border from you, prices are similar (maybe a little higher here). We also have similar climates to deal with. I will let you know what I find as well.
     
    08-10-2012, 03:50 PM
  #27
Yearling
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Originally Posted by PaintHorseMares    
Yes. If you look at the first couple pictures, you see 9 6x6 poles with 4 2x12 rafters (1 on each end and 2 in the center) bolted to them, and 2x6 purlins to support the metal roofing. Much simpler than trusses.
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Ah yes! Thanks! Did you purchase a plan to build your barn?
     
    08-10-2012, 04:01 PM
  #28
Yearling
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Originally Posted by jillybean19    
This would be an ideal type barn for us. Of course, the runs won't technically be part of the barn, but I included them to have a clear idea of what I want to do. As a pole barn, I'm thinking I'd only have to put in 10 Poles to build this. Any thoughts about the design itself or building it myself?
So if I go back to the simple plan I designed, for a barn that is about 24x24 ft, and included a central pole in the middle where the two stalls meet at the front, do you think I'd need trusses? In all, that puts all my poles about 12 feet from each other, including one central one. I could also put additional supports across the middle along the stall walls as well as the tack room walls if needed.
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    08-10-2012, 04:02 PM
  #29
Green Broke
There are lots of free plans for all types of farm buildings on the web sites of many colleges with big agriculture schools. Pole barns are so simple that your biggest worry is correctly placing the poles and measuring the height so that it is level and square.
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    08-10-2012, 04:16 PM
  #30
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by jillybean19    
So if I go back to the simple plan I designed, for a barn that is about 24x24 ft, and included a central pole in the middle where the two stalls meet at the front, do you think I'd need trusses? In all, that puts all my poles about 12 feet from each other, including one central one. I could also put additional supports across the middle along the stall walls as well as the tack room walls if needed.
You can do 24x24 like we did without trusses...no problem. Once you have the structure up, you can build the stalls/tack/feed/etc rooms with 4x4 posts/etc wherever you want since they do not need to support any load.
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