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How to Build a Barn

If you lack space for your storage needs, building a barn might be the best idea for you. A barb doesn’t provide housing for farm animals only; it’s also a storage for the equipment farmers use in their farms. You can also store the things you want to store. Building a barn is not easy but the result is worth it. A properly built barn like pole barns in Idaho will save you money, time and effort while it also serves as a pleasant and comfortable place to work in. Follow the guide we laid out for you to build your dream barn.  

Build a Barn 

Step 1: Choose the Site 

Determine the zoning and building codes in your area. The information will help you know what kind of barn you should and should not build. It will also provide a starting point as you go along with planning your barn. The location should be well drained, with enough slopes for the water to drain away.  

Check where the wind usually blows. Spend some time on the location you chose and study the patterns on where the wind usually blows in the strongest form. Once you determined the location, start with the barn layout. It should be at 45 degree angle to the direction where the wind blows for a better air circulation on your barn.  

Step 2: Build the Barn  

This step is the starting point of building your barn. Organize the features of the barn according to the flow of your work. Place the task rooms according to what tasks you do the most. For example, you do most of cleaning stalls and disposing of animal wastes first thing in the morning, clustering animal stalls together will give you convenience.  

2.1: Put in a Good Floor 

Use slab concrete for the base floor. It provides a smooth surface for doorways thus making sweeping tasks easier. It should be covered with rubber pavers or asphalt too so it would be smooth to animals.  

2.2: Build Stalls and Center Aisles 

Center aisles are ideally 12ft wide, but for added room for equipment it is 14ft. The stalls are ideally 12ft square but it could be 14ft square to add more rooms for animals to exercise.  

2.3: Provide Air and Light 

A good airflow makes the animals healthy and the good light discourages flies and other pests from congregating. Both also make the barn a good area to work in. Place vent windows and exhaust fans to help move the air. Add rows of fluorescent lights in the aisle and individual stall lights.  

2.4: Add Adequate Access to Electricity and Water  

Cluster the electric outlets and light switches together in each pair of stalls so you can allow the water buckets to be filled. Add 220-volt outlet for clothes dryer and water heaters.  

2.5: Provide Cleaning Stations 

Provide an indoor cleaning station for cleaning the animals and other equipment, and indoor station for yourself. The barn should also have storage cabinets for cleaning gears.  

2.6: Keep Feeding Rooms Separate 

Separate the tack and feed rooms so the tack won’t be covered with dust. This space will allow you to put storage cabinets in each room.