Building the Barn – Don’t Skimp on a Roof

It was quite an adventure for our family – from finding the property (which I’ll write about another day) to building our home – it was exhilarating, exhausting and one of the greatest and worst things we’ve ever done.


There was one project we wanted to fully undertake ourselves which in retrospect may have been a terrible idea.  Building the barn.

We purchased the blueprints online and new enough about basic construction that we assumed it would go well.  We had it all laid out – the site, design, draining, floor materials, space for separate feed and tack rooms, doors, and the whole works.

The biggest issue we had for some reason was doing the roof.  We wanted a gambrel roof and so we started working towards that.  We ended up calling a roofing contractor friend of mine that came over and helped – but it still took forever!

We’re still not done, and I’ll update as we go…

I’m excited about it.  We’re going to have an entire space for the kids to play and lots of room for the horses, of course.  We’re designing to appear like an old barn from the 1800’s and I think we’ll achieve that look.  Between the roof and the paint style we’re doing for the finish, I think it’s going to look incredible.

Building a Pole Barn

Building a pole barn has ended up being a much easier job today. With lots of offered ready-to-use strategies and plans, a handy house owner can develop not just a pole barn of two or even six horse stalls, but also include convenient sheds for tractors, feed storage or shelters. The plans can be utilized to build other kinds of pole buildings, including workshops, storage barns or garages. Simplicity, cost-cutting and sturdiness are the main reasons individuals still use poles, the earliest construction method, to produce basic structures.

Poles have been made use of for centuries to raise huts and shelters all over the world. Poles rooted in earth forming a frame for the covering fabric, be it animal skin, wood or metal, provided enough warmth and defense, and could be built very quickly from whatever product was offered. To build pole barns, individuals still utilize this method, which hasn’t changed much throughout the years. The fabrics have changed though, and today pole barns are covered with aluminum, steel and other resilient lightweight materials, with insulation and often wooden or brick facades.

Pole barns are becoming more and more popular due to the fact that they allow the structure of reliable shelter for animals or storage without money-consuming earth excavation, concrete structures and basic site disruption.

The most affordable way to start developing a pole barn is with a pole foundation. Pole foundation is really a pole that doubles as a framing member. Posts or poles are placed deep into ground so they can bear a lot of pressure, sometimes as deep as 10ft. That’s practically all digging for the structure that a pole barn builder can expect. The pressure is distributed equally around the pole, and the building becomes very stable and durable. The contractor can dig the holes himself or making use of a power auger. The poles are secured by a small amount of concrete poured into the holes, saving cash and labor, as full concrete structures can be rather costly.

Read More