Those of us who have space to build a barn may have different reasons for needing to construct such a structure. This could be to house livestock, to store miscellaneous items, or even to make it into a living space. No matter what the reason, this will be a big project to undertake.
Have you made all the necessary arrangements before you break the ground for construction, though? It’s important to check that you have everything you need ahead of time, so that you can avert any problems later on—which could be both disastrous and costly. Here are some of the crucial points to consider before you begin your project.
What layout should the barn have?
If you know someone locally who has had a barn built recently, then see if you can speak with them about what they like and don’t like about it. Both the size and location of your barn will have some effect on its layout: will there be paddocks by the stalls, or will they be box stalls?
Also, figure out what you’ll need before construction starts, in order to avoid trying to add extra requirements later on. So, find space for items such as water spigots, hay storage, a tack room, and anything else that you need to account for in the layout of the barn.
How much will it cost, and what materials should be used?
This will be a huge factor when you’re thinking about barn construction. Be realistic about your budget and what you can afford, and shop around for the best price.
Using metal is more expensive than the pole barn cost for wood, but metals may last longer. You should also consider what the outside of your barn will be made from: wood siding will need to be painted or stained every few years in order to remain weather-resistant and to maintain a good appearance; yet sheet metal won’t need any maintenance.
What’s the purpose of your barn?
If you are intending on building a barn for the purpose of keeping livestock, then you will need to identify which type of livestock you’re going to keep before you decide on the location of your barn. The types of animals that live in your barn will define how it will be built.
Your average horse, for instance, will be comfortable in a certain size of stall. Smaller animals—such as goats, chickens, and pigs—will need to have pens with roofs on them. You will also need to store food for your animals, as well as having a storage room for your equipment.
Where should the barn go?
Again, with animals, you should have an area that’s well ventilated. The barn shouldn’t be too far from your home so that you can easily go there to feed, clean, and check on your livestock; yet, each town will have different rules on the distance between your home and where animals should be kept, so check local business codes and ordinances. Having your barn near your property will also make it easier to supply running water and electricity from your home.