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post #31 of 35 Old 08-10-2012, 04:44 PM Thread Starter
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So it looks like you put the center poles a little off-center to make more room in your aisleway. How far apart are your poles and center supports? And, though I don't think it'll be an issue with the size we're wanting, but what is the farthest you should put poles and center supports before adding trusses or at least another support?
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post #32 of 35 Old 08-10-2012, 07:58 PM
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Originally Posted by jillybean19 View Post
So it looks like you put the center poles a little off-center to make more room in your aisleway. How far apart are your poles and center supports? And, though I don't think it'll be an issue with the size we're wanting, but what is the farthest you should put poles and center supports before adding trusses or at least another support?
Here is the very simple plan that I used as a base design. If you look at this plan, you can actually go to 28' in width without center posts at all with the sets of posts every 10' along the length. Since we wanted to partition ours with a shelter, and I wanted to avoid having 2 posts in the shelter area, based on another plan I saw, we went with 28' in width, but increased the distance of the posts to every 15' in length (total length 30') so the shelter part is 10'x30' and we added the 3 'offset' posts at the 10' width of the shelter. Since 16' is a common lumber length, this gave us 30' in the barn/shelter with a 1 foot overhang on each side. Similarly, even though it's nice to have long overhangs, since 16' is a common length, we used 16' 2"x12" rafters and just reduced the overhang. Just more convenient, lumber wise. The only really important factor in the spacing of the posts/purlins and roof pitch is to consider the snow load that you need to support. Although we basically stuck to this plan to be conservative, it is really overbuilt for the amount of snow we get in NC, e.g. we could have used 2x10 rafters instead of 2x12, less pitch in the roof, etc. It was impressively sturdy, however, during the wind and rain we get during hurricane season.
For the exterior walls we set 4x4 posts evenly spaced (every 5' or 6') to support the girts/siding (see picture). It would be similar for your interior walls/stalls.

BTW, I said my wife and I built this by ourselves, but I forgot to mention that "Cinnamon" did offer to help store the grain (last picture)

Finally, although I had built decks, small sheds, and remodeled our kitchen/baths, I had never taken on building a barn, but I'm sure glad we did. It was well worth the effort and seriously within the capabilities of DIY.

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post #33 of 35 Old 08-11-2012, 02:53 PM
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Originally Posted by jillybean19 View Post
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!

Per the bold... I am guessing this acre is also going to have your house on it? You do realize just how small an acre actually is don't you? 1 acre = 43,560 square feet (for an exact square of an acre it's only 208.7' x 208.7' so really, really tiny...). With a house, barn, and outbuildings that really doesn't leave any space at all for a horse to have turn out...
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post #34 of 35 Old 08-13-2012, 12:07 PM
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Or.. How about this custom plan made my Claire (aka: caseymyhorserocks) for you :) You can make floor plans on floorplanner, an app on google chrome. Sorry bout the tiny words! The blue places are the horse stalls, the small brown is tack room, big brown is an overhang (could be completely walled in though) which you can use for hay AND grooming. If you use it for hay you may want to put the hay in a corner and put up a little half wall for it.
We are in the process of buying a place where we will be building a barn. This is pretty much what we are going for. Only changes are that we will have a loft above the stalls for hay and the stalls will have runs, and one side of the barn will have a lean-to shelter. 12X12 stalls and a 10X12 tack/feed area.

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jillybean- Just to let you know, once you get serious in some places, pictures are needed

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