Building a Barn
How to build a barn
Building a barn doesn't have to be complicated or expensive. With the right supplies and the right barn designs, you can easily construct a farm building to suit all your needs. The easiest first step is probably to start shopping for barn kits. With a barn kit, you will find yourself fully prepared with all the materials and directions you need.
Choosing the right location for your barn is another important initial step. It's essential that the building is constructed in an area with good drainage, but you also want to place the barn somewhere that is conveniently accessible for you. Some things to consider include where you want to position your barn doors, and any barn windows you plan to install.
Wooden vs. Metal Barns
Barn wood is the most common agricultural building material found in North America, although metal barns are becoming more popular. When choosing the type of material to build with, you need to think of the conditions the barn is expected to withstand. Damp areas may encourage rot in a wooden barn, where a metal barn is able to endure extreme weather with less maintenance.
However, you will also want to consider cost when you're choosing your materials. If you're working with a preexisting structure, figure out whether it will cost less to invest in some replacement wood (possibly on multiple occasions) or to purchase an entire replacement barn's worth of steel (but possibly only once).
Barn siding is another option you can go with, and it comes in several different types of materials.
Barn Door Hardware
Barn door hardware is one of the most important pieces of equipment you will purchase when you're building a barn. Your farm building needs to be easily accessible, which means that each door needs to be large enough for anything moving through it, but also needs to open and close fairly freely.
Although you may find yourself buying regular hinges for any barn doors designed for people to enter and exit through, your most important barn door will typically run on tracks so that it can slide fully to the side, allowing the fullest possible access to the building. Large farm machinery especially needs easy access to barn space, so your barn should have at least one large sliding door.