Saturday, December 06, 2008

Update on an Outbuiding...

I thought I would just take a few moments to give an outbuilding update. If you have been following this blog any over the last couple of weeks you may have seen that we are considering building shed/outbuilding yet this year. We have looked at everything from carports, to carport like barns, to hoop buildings (I just checked on those a couple days ago), and of course a post building. Each one of the options had their upsides and their downsides, but I think we have come to the conclusion that if we are going to build that it is going to be a post frame.

So, I called the same guy that built our house to get a quote. He had one of the best prices when we were searching around for the house and I certainly loved his work. This is what we had him give a quote for:
  • Option #1: 32x24x12 post frame building with trusses and steel on the roof and three sides. The building will have two 16 foot wide bays on the front.
  • Option #2: 32x24x12 post frame building, but with steel only on the roof. It would be framed as if it was going to have steel on the three sides like the first option, but we would put the steel on at a later time.
He came up with the numbers and it appears there is a little more than a $1,500 difference for a building without wall steel. If we are able to swing it that is what we are going to go with, and here are my reasons:
  • First of all, putting the steel on the sides is something I feel comfortable doing and even though it will only be saving a few hundred dollars it will still be money saved.
  • By not having him put steel on the sides, and the back especially, it will be very convenient to add a lean-to off the back next year. Since we went with a 12 foot side wall we can add a nice sized lean-to and still have a 7 or 8 foot sidewall in the lean-to. This would be nice for implements, wagons, or livestock.
  • Even though the building would be wide open to the wind it does give us something under roof for the rest of the winter and we could throw up some wood in one corner or something to keep the snow out.
  • And finally, by going through the same builder that did our house we have the option and choice to match the colors of our building if we want to. I'm not sure if we will, but the option is there.
Now, all we have to do is make sure we have the money to do it! I'll report back to you on that...


Wayne said...

Sounds like you are making a good decision.

Anonymous said...

Don't will you have 2 - 16' wide bays on front on a 36x24 building? I guess you're taking out for width of posts and lathes and metal?
Are there going to be posts running down the center or using free span trusses?

Or, are you saying the building will be divided inside to have 16 feet in the front of the barn and 8 feet in back?


Ethan Book said...

Sean - You caught one of my late night mistakes (I wrote that post late last night). The actual dimensions for the proposed building are 32x24 ... thus the two 16 foot bays.

Ethan Book said...

Oh, and yes we are going to use clear span trusses if we go this route.

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