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Factors to Consider When Building a New Barn

Introduction Barns are one of a farmer's most prized possessions. It's not only one of the places where they spend most of their time, it's also an object of pride. That's why farmers would love nothing more but to throw reason out the window and build the most beautiful barn for their livestock. Unfortunately enough, money doesn't grow on trees and one must keep in line with his budget.

In this presentation, we will discuss the different factors to take into consideration for building the ideal barn for you, and make it as cost-effective as possible.

Planning You know the saying: failing to plan is planning to fail. So, your first order of priority should be to make a list of everything you’re going to need. What is that barn going to be used for? No point in wasting time checking out models if you don’t know the exact purpose this barn is going to fulfill. The best way to go about it is to begin with the accomodations. What amenities are your animals going to need? This will vary greatly depending on your raising goats, cows or horses. For the latter, as an example, count about 12x12 ft. per box stall, whereas cattle prefer to stay outdoors and will thus need less space.


Once you’ve determined the internal layout of your barn, relating to the amenities and equipment required, you should have a better idea of the approximate size or volume you’re going to need for the construction. More questions that should be answered – to refine that number – include how many head of livestock it is going to house, and whether or not you will use that barn to store machinery or accomplish other tasks.

Location Whether you already own the land (and plan on building the barn there) or still need to buy the property, the points to pay attention to will remain almost identical. First, you want to ensure that the access will be easy if you need to reach it via tractor or retrieve equipment and stored goods such as hay. Then, you should consider whether you will expand in the future or not, following the growth of your stock. Other important criteria include exposition to sun, wind and other such elements, which can be improved by changing the orientation of the openings.

Materials Originally, barns used to be made of wood, then painted with some protective coats to prevent the panels from rotting. Even though wood is a good insulator, it’s very expensive. Not only at purchase, but also considering all the costs for treating the whole surface to make it resistant to fire and mold. For some years now, steel has been providing a great alternative as it’s both very quick to assemble and also affordable. If you’re on a budget, steel will probably be your best choice.

Configuration Last but not least, you want to consider what style of a barn you’re going to choose. Even though you still have some leeway, this will largely depend on the area you find yourself in (as you have no say in how hot, cold or humid it’s going to be). If you happen to live in an arid, desert-like city, you want an open barn that will help the air circulate and cool off your livestock. On the other hand, if winters are harsh and the clouds are more often in the sky than the sun, you need a barn that can be closed and which will minimize heat loss.


The key to selecting the ideal barn for you is simple: know exactly what you need. Once you have determined what uses the barn will serve to fulfill and what size should help you reach those goals, then it’s nothing more than a question of taste and choosing a model that you like and that will be within your means.

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Factors to Consider When Building a New Barn  

When you are building a new barn, there are many factors to take into consideration. Read this online guide to find out what is required of...

Factors to Consider When Building a New Barn  

When you are building a new barn, there are many factors to take into consideration. Read this online guide to find out what is required of...