30 x 44 bank barn + 18x24 barn - Dewitt/St Johns MI

by Keith
(Dewitt, MI)

SE corner looking NW, Hay barn

SE corner looking NW, Hay barn

SE corner looking NW, Hay barn
SE inside corner from N bank Doors
Looking NE from near SW sliding door
Small barn/cabin

Looking for general quotes on removal of an old bank barn and an old small barn (formerly used for a granary), along with their foundations (concrete, fieldstone, some concrete block sections).

The bank barn looks like it was a hay barn - 1/2" gaps in the siding planks. Siding planks ~ 1" x 10-12" width.
Hay trolley up in the peak.
The clay has been pushing in the foundation walls of the big barn. SE corner vertical has rotted out at the base. N sill beam is rotted out at the barn doors.
The painted steel roof is still holding out the rain.

The frame is made with hand hewn beams and wood pinned construction. From the looks of it - I expect it was built from another barn, probably early 1900's. Prior owners had had the property since 1940's, and it was here then.

An 1890's era plat map (Michigan DNR) has a barn marked on the property. Not sure if it's this one or not.

Center beams are ~10x10, verticals ~9x9. Not sure what type wood, but it's dense enough that modern nails prefer to bend rather than go in.


The small barn (18 x 24) has a corn crib attached.
It used to be a two-story cabin. It was used as a granary by the former owners. Steel roof and siding, except the front. Hand-hewn beam frames, wood tongue and groove plank walls, about 1" x 10". Shiplap siding in front

There are a few scraps of old wallpaper left in the small barn, and behind them is newspaper. One article we managed peel off partially intact was from April 25, 1875, telling of Cheyenne Indian trouble on the Kansas frontier. A newspaper in NY at that time printed the same story, which allowed us to piece the fragments together.

Both barns are empty, essentially raccoon havens.

Preferred removal/cleanup would be in late summer or fall season of 2017 or 2018, when the ground is dry and hard. Spring/early summer it's too soft.

The large barn as a maple tree off one corner that we want to keep, but is otherwise accessible.

Call or text(517)-515-8183

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Feb 10, 2018
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by: Keith

We've signed a contract for the removal summer 2018 of the barns, foundations, and some other concrete foundations around the property.

Thank you to all who called, came by, and submitted quotes.

Thank you, also, to the Barn Geek hosts.

- Keith (owner of the barns)

For other barn owners posting here, the process took about six months, from September 2017 to now. About 1 or 2 inquiries per month. The contract is with a small company who connected with us after seeing our post on this site.

Nov 28, 2017
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by: Keith

Good question.

My goal has been to get the foundation concrete removed around the same time as the barns are taken down.

After talking to contractors and others, cost appears to be around $7k-9k. In that figure some cost is deducted for the materials - mainly the big barn.

I'm asking that whomever removes the barn be licensed and insured. (Usually the two go together, but valid insurance arrangement is main item I'm after)

So - cost of the barns depends on what is being done as they are removed. From free to a couple grand seems a reasonable range for just a barn being taken.






Nov 28, 2017
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by: Anonymous

What are the prices for barns?

Nov 26, 2017
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by: Anonymous

WE WOULD LOVE TO SAVE THIS BARN FOR YOU. WE HAVE BEEN IN BUSINESS SINCE 2013 AND HAVE SAVED MANY LIKE IT. OUR CHARGE IS A AT COST PRICE. WE MAKE OUR MONEY ON RESELLING THE BARN, NOT TAKING IT DOWN.
THANK YOU
MIKE
AMERICAN BARNWORKS COMPANY
810-824-0408

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