About Me

Hey y'all, my name's Allison DuPree and I'd like to welcome you to my new web site, Barn Building! I've been a country girl nearly all my life. I just love the outdoors and working on a farm. When I was a young girl I watched my daddy and the other farm hands build the barn that still sits on our family's property to this very day. I've got a whole lifetime full of experience in the planning, designing and construction of barns. You might call me an expert, and I would not be offended by that term. I hope you'll enjoy the articles I've created for this site -- and the photos too! If you have any questions, well then by all means, ask away! In the mean time, thanks for stopping by and have a nice day!

Build A Pole Barn: A Quick Building Guide

Have you ever wanted to build a pole barn by yourself? If your answer is “yes” then you’re at the right place, all you have to do is follow the easy guide below.

1-Planning and Designing Phase:
First, you have to carefully plan out your barn. You must be able to find a good location to build your pole barn. The land needs to be solid and flat. Then, pick the kind of material you want to use, wood, metal, or both. It is important to take your budget into consideration when choosing the materials. It is known that a pole barn with a wooden frame and a steel roofing is very cost efficient. Also, you have to consider why you need to build a pole barn, are you going to use it as a shelter for horses or livestock? A storage room for your tools and equipment? Or a garage? The purpose of your barn determines what kind and how many rooms or stalls you will need inside your pole barn. Make a blueprint of your plans.

2-Measuring and Aligning:
Measure the area you are going to be building on. Measure, mark, then dig holes for your post holes. Once you think you are ready, purchase the needed materials to build a pole barn. You need to specify the exact measurements to the hardware assistant for the proper cut of your lumber, metal sheets and poles. You can always buy more than what you need, but that might be too costly for you. Besides, it’s a pity to see excess materials go to waste. It’s just like throwing away your hard-earned money. Place the posts in the holes and pour in concrete to anchor them in their places. Concrete will serve as good foundations when you build a pole barn.

3-Roof and Wall Installation:
If you are placing walls around your pole barn, now is the time to do that. The roofing must be installed according to the style of the roof you have chosen. There are basically four styles of roofs you can use to build a pole barn: Gable, Gambrel, Monitor, and Shed. There are a few others, but these four are the most common.

Floors are simple. You can use concrete, wood, or nothing. Yes, you can use what the pole barn was built on, dirt. Dirt is advisable to use when you are housing animals. Concrete is the best for any storage area.

If you do not like to build from scratch, you can still make your own barn with prefabricated parts from different companies. The only trouble you might have is when the pieces are not compatible with each other. Another option is to buy quality pole barn kits from companies that make ready-to-assemble barns. Or, if you want to be completely free of hassle and just sit back and relax, you can hire a contractor to build a pole barn for you. You can have them custom build a pole barn according to your specifications or order a kit and have them assemble the pieces together for you. Usually, companies that sell kits also have their own contractors that you can hire for a price. Having your pole barn built by professionals will save you time and effort.

Making Horse Barn Plans

Horse barn plans are blueprints of stables built to shelter horses and store feed, tack, tools, and equipment. Making horse barn plans can be really simple to those who have had the experience of planning, designing and building horse barns. But for those who have not had any, making horse barn plans may be quite a challenge. There are many factors you need to consider when making horse barn plans.

What are the important things to consider when making horse barn plans?

1-How much space you have on your site?
It is probably safe to assume that if customers own horses they own a huge lot maybe more than an acre. If you have a large empty part of your lot, then the only limit to the size of your barn is how much money you can spend to build the building. But if you are a bit tight on land, then you have to plan out your barn so that it still fits all of your horses comfortably.

2-How many horses you are going to keep?
The size of the stables in horse barn plans must depend on the number of horses you are going to shelter. In addition to that, horse barn plans should also show allotted space for storage. If you do not have a separate shed, garage or barn to store hay, feed and horse tack in, you would need to make room for them in your horse barn. Make sure that in the horse barn plans, the flooring for the storage areas are elevated to keep the goods stored in them dry and protected from ground bugs.

3-What material are you going to use for your structure?
There are two types of materials you can use for your horse stable, this includes metal and wood. You can also combine them. You can use wood to make the poles and wrap the metal siding around them or use steel frames and inlay wood for the walls. It’s really up to you and your budget. Metal is a lot cheaper than wood. Wood, although better aesthetically, costs a lot, so if you opt to use both materials at the same time, you might be able to save some money than just using all wood materials. If you use wood, you can stain or paint the walls. Common colors for stains are natural, chestnut and cherry.

4-What kind of flooring are you going to use?
With dirt floors, the best material you can use to keep your horses warm and comfortable is hay. If you plan to pour concrete on the ground, then you can place rubber mats over them inside the stalls. Rubber mats are soft and skid-proof.

5-What style and design do you want for the roof?
Two of the most common roof shapes you can indicate in horse barn plans are Gambrel and Gable. Gambrel allows more attic space, while gable does not. Every style of roof have their own pros and cons. Materials used to cover the roof are shingles or steel roofing.

If you have no idea how to make horse barn plans, it will be better to ask a horse barn construction expert to help you. Barn-building companies like Horizon Structures will be able to share more free information about making horse barn plans and construction. They also offer quality horse barn kits and horse barn plans that are readily available and make custom stables according to your specifications.