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Old 05-01-2008, 09:13 AM
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Most of you guys know a lot more about construction than I do. But I thought I'd share building my barn for those thinking about it.

We bot 20 acres about 4 yrs ago and while the house was going up I built the barn with my boys (teens)

After grading site & leveling with sand, had neighbor auger 18" holes and poured cement pad at bottom. The sepctic tank guy lifted the posts while we set. Then began wrapping w/ 2x4's
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Old 05-01-2008, 09:16 AM
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Same guy also lifted truss up a week or so later, did this one night after woork, my help showed up later.
Then started decking. All this was worked on over 3-4 wk period, every night after work & wk ends. Yes, could have hired out, but its kind of fun for me.
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Brother-in-law is garage door man in Chicago and helped install.
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Metal came cut to length, just took 3 hands to hold uo & screw in place. Shingles were set up on roof when delivered. Friend had roofing nailer, pop, pop, pop.
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1st shot is interior, right afterwards. Its still clean, but much more full of "stuff' now. 2nd shoot is exterior last summer, and then from road.
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Last spring, I put lean too addition on back for more storage. I just laid crushed concrete floor in this area, mostly for tractor & attachments.
When I built main building, lumber yard delivered posts 2' longer than I ordered. I have really appreciated the extra overhead clearance that gave me & allowed for this lean too.

I put dog pen on other end, with door into small pen inside of barn.
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Nice. I bought a house with one similar to that. The only problem is they didn't use roof trusses like yours. So i have three separate bays because of the 4x6's in the middle of the shop holding the roof up. Though I do have an apartment or whatever i want above. Other problem was the only doors they put in were in the middle of the shop. So if anything big ie boat went in there it had to go in the middle and basically blocked off the other two sides of the shop. So i went and made another door on the side and now i have a boat side and a work area. I like yours because it is all usable and open. Nice work
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very nice place. I never thought I would want a big storage barn on my property but now that Ian has turned our garage into a machine shop/paint room I am rethinking this

BL6 where about in SW MI are you.
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Boathouse for my Ocean Liner. Trailering's a real b i o t c h...

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