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How long does it take to build a barn kit? 
How long does it take to build a barn kit? And I'm assuming that the "buyer" is responsible for laying the concrete slab? So, what is the length of time …

Building a barn with red pine 
Hello, I have bought your barn plans and am planning on building soon. I have seen your packages use white pine, I am interested in using red pine. I have …

Large windows in the upper story ends of the barn 
Hello Aaron, Love your barns! I have bought your Barn Plan Package and am trying to decide which is the best for my retirement home. I haven't seen these …

How long does it take to build a barn?  
Hello, I’ve been reading through everything on your website and I plan to buy the plans for them soon. I would like to build a bigger barn, I need …

Salvaging a barn, Maine 
Hello barn people! You are who I need! I am buying property to erect a barn and want to salvage rather than new build if possible. I wonder the best way …

Do you think it's a worth while investment buying a basis Homestead sawmill?. 
Do you think it's a worth while investment buying a basis Homestead sawmill? $3K I have 40 AC. of trees, so I have the raw material...lots of white …

Sealing reclaimed barnwood - lead paint 
Hi Barn Geek, I have a piece of barnwood that i want to use to make a mantel. One side has the nice weathered gray patina. The other side is a mix …

Why are most barns exterior vertical board and battons? 
Why are most barns exterior vertical boards? Strength, appearance, tradition?

rid old barn wood of bugs 
I have acquired some barn wood locally but it has been in a pile in the woods. I have sprinkled Board Defense a termite, insecticide and fungicide concentrate …

White fungus or mold on barn 
We have an old granary we made into a summer home. We have not insulted it. One side of the roof (NW side)was repaired . The original roof was torn …

What is a swing barn? (Swing Beam?)  
People keep saying a swing barn is very rare,when I ask them what is a swing barn they change the subject. Answer: Thank you for your question. …

Location for my Barn 
Is it a good idea to build a 3 stall barn in front of my house instead of the back? I have a 3 1/2 acre parcel and the previous owners placed the house …

Building codes and requirements 
My local building department requires that the plans be approved by a structural engineer and be stamped, are your plans stamped? Also, they require …

Building a Barn Floor 
What floor would fit an old barn? I would like to stay a way from concrete but would also still have a useable floor. Would 3x12 roughcut shiplap douglas …

Cleaning of oak 2 by's 
I have a bunch of oak 2x10's from an old barn. They have been white washed. Was wondering if there is a cleaner that will help remove the white wash? I …

Planning and Building a Barn 
Planning to build a gable barn on site of my Utah home. There is heavy snow fall a dirt roads only. How well does your gable barns hold up in heavy snow …

Moisture content effecting the building 
I am looking to deconstruct a barn and move it and convert it into a house. It is in good condition but its seen a lot of rain and just open air and humidity. …

Building a Chicken Barn 
I need some type of design for a chicken barn. not just any chicken barn, my husband has the funding to start a small hatchery and turn it into a large …

Barn alteration stability 
I have an old hip roofed dairy barn that has an open haymow, no beams tieing the sides together other than the haymow floor which is resting on concrete …

Conservancy Barn with possible historic relevance. 
Hi! My name is Anna Warner and I am an intern and the DeVries Nature Conservancy is Owosso Michigan. I have not received an answer back to whether …

Insulation of barns 
Do you have any suggestions regarding insulating these types of barns? Hi Scott, Thank you for your question. There are several options, 3 that …

Converting your barn to a home and code requirments 
Q: I would like to live in a barn as my home. Do your plans indicate possible new house code requirements? A: Thank you for your question. The short …

What is the widest I can span a gambrel barn?  
What is the widest I can span a gambrel barn? I am looking to build a post and beam wooden barn to use for weddings and special events. I want to …

Finishing Reclaimed Barn Boards 
Hello, We are using reclaimed barn board to build a farmhouse style dining room table. We are struggling with what kind, if any, of finish we should but …

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Barn Wedding Venue Needed 
I am in some dire assistance with finding a barn and came across your site. I know you primarily deal with sales, but am hoping you may be able to …

22x30 Gable Modified to be Garage Attached by Breezeway 
Hi Aaron I enjoyed your interview with Jack Spirko. We have been planning to build a garage to attach to our existing log home via an enclosed breezeway. …

Reclaiming Barn Wood and High School Students 
Hello, I'm an Environmental Science teacher at a high school north of Chicago. I'm interested in exposing my students to practical reuse of materials …

Scam Alert! Some Salvage and Reclaim Companies Are Less Than Honest  
Hello Aaron, I just recently stumbled across your site, and like it very much. I hope that it will become a useful tool to my company as well as others …

Rebuild my burned barn on original foundation? 
My 1920s/1930s barn burned to the ground a few weeks ago. About 40 x 50, had a poured floor and foundation walls about 40" high all around except door …

city home with 25' x 50' hip roof barn, (slate with cupola- 1912) 
Hi Barn Geek, I live in city of Bangor, Maine. I am trying to sell my gracious colonial home with matching barn,(25'x50', 2+stories, hip/slate roof with …

What is the pointy thing at the gable end of the top/ front of some barns? 
What is the pointy thing at the gable end of the top/ front of some barns? It was used on old barns for lifting hay into the hay loft. Sometimes you …

Can I Build a BarnGeek Barn with Metal Siding? 
I am interested in your high top horse barn and would like to use metal siding can I do this? Is there a big cost difference between metal or your …

Barn Wedding 
I am looking for a barn for a wedding. Wedding for 2014 and needs to be big enough to possibly fit up to 300 people. Also I am looking for one that …

Recycling old tile or brick barns 
I purchased a property that was a dairy farm starting back in 1938. It has multiple old barns on the property, most of which are in very poor condition …

How to price tobacco barns 
How would I price or know what a good offer is on a standing tobacco barn that was built in approx. the 1930's or early 1940's. There are 2 barns and pack …

Restoring a Barn (contractor needed) 
We live in Downtown Ottawa, Canada and on our property is the original Carriage Barn from 1900 when the house was built. It is complete with 2 stalls and …

steel anchor or drain in dairy barn 
I have a question. I'm reclaiming a dairy barn circa 1945 with foundation re-poured in 1977. It is a common dairy barn within two rows of stanchions and …

Barn Scams? 
Hi - I have a question regarding 'barn scams.' I know the usual drill with 'normal' items, like selling your wares on eBay or Craigslist. Is there …

Hay Trolley Rafter Brackets 
I am in need of 30 hay trolley rafter brackets to mount my trolley and track. Hope someone out there can help me. These brackets are "V" shaped with nail …

How to find Stonemasons and Timberframers to Restore a 1798 Barn  
Hi, We want to historically preserve/restore a 1798 fieldstone and timber frame barn which is about 8 miles south of Gettysburg PA. Can you help me …

Old Barn roof repair 
We live in central KS and have a 100 year old barn on the home place that need roof repair or it will eventually fall to the ground. Any one you …

Hay Trolley 
Looking for a working hay trolley and track system for my 42' wide barn. Hay grapple or bale fork would be a bonus. Have been looking on e-bay and …

What colors are best for windows and metal roof on my barn? 
Hello: We are updating the exterior of our barn. There are living quarters on the 2nd floor of the gambrel barn and we are replacing two 38 x 50 windows. …

Barn Wedding Reception 
Hello, I live in Cadillac, Michigan and am looking to rent a barn in the area for my wedding reception. Do you know of any farms or barns that are …

Buying a barn 
I would like to have someone sell me an old barn and re-construct it on my property in Northern Illinois. I would like a 2 story with loft about 30 x 60. …

Terminology 
What is the correct term for the wood block used between the posts and the main girders in the basement of a typical bank barn? This piece is usually …

What's the value of vintage and antique farm equipment? 
Hi there, I've recently become involved with barn salvaging in Ontario and am finding vintage and antique farm equipment (log sled, feed grinder, plow.....) …

Barn Restoration Grant - Michigan 
We have a 120 year old barn we would like help with grants on for Michigan. It is a historic barn and the first one in the area that was built. Anyone …

Can I use different species of timbers from my own property in my barn?  
I would like to build a barn based on your 30x50 plans. I have 22 acres of hardwoods and would like to cut my timbers and siding with a portable sawmill. …

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What is Barn wood worth? 
We have torn down several old buildings/barns on our property. Now we are wanting to sell the barn wood, plus we have about 20 hand hewn timbers. We don't …

Do I have to preserve old barn wood? 
I want to use old barn wood in an outside project. It will be exposed to the elements. Should it be treated or preserved with something first? -Mike …

What are the best options to rebuild a post & beam barn foundation? 
We are considering renovating a wood timber frame barn (1830's?) into a home. Foundation (field stone) is in disrepair. New foundation would be ideal. …

Barn Support Structure 
The remnants of a stone foundation for a bank barn still stands on my property. The foundation consists of only two walls. One gabel(bank)end wall(28') …

Building a Barn with Green Lumber 
I'm interested to find out if I can build a post and beam barn out of fresh cut timber harvested on sight. It would be used for a small family farm with …

Gambrel pitch and height 
Hi, i'm building a gambrel roof barn that'll be 30'x50', but i'm having trouble figuring out the pitch and height i want. most of the new designs look …

How do I treat mold on barn wood? 
HI! I have been dismantling a pile of collapsed barn wood for my in-laws. It has been sitting there for 20 years in a heap and most of it is beyond help. …

Barn for Weddings  
We are looking to build a barn as a wedding venue. What type of barn would you suggest? Also what would the estimated cost be for materials? We aren't …

Crib to coop? 
Have you come across any transformations of an old corn crib into a poultry coop? We have a crib in great shape, and the grain side could be a sectioned …

Dealing with Mold or Fungus on Barn Wood 
A friend of ours just gave us a bunch of barn wood that has been sitting outside his house for a few years. Some boards have a light white looking …

De-nailing techniques 
Ok, this may seem simple but I want to see what tricks or tips others have for de-nailing barnwood. Of course there is the nail puller, crowbar, hammer …

removing a barn 
What can be done with an old barn that has already come down? Our homeowners are going to cancel our policy due to a new state law and we need it removed …

Grandpa's Barn Design 
Was just browsing sites looking for a barn plan to use in the future and have noticed none seem to fit my needs and no one has a plan like my grandpa's …

Refinishing Weathering and Graying Barn Wood 
I have an old barn that I love- it is greying around the edges. What is the best way/product to use to restore their rich red-brown color to the graying …

Do you know of any barns that may be rented for a wedding/reception? 
Do you know of any barns in Middleville, Hastings, Byron Center or Caledonia that are in good condition that can be rented for a wedding ceremony …

Barn Restoration Grants in Michigan 
Hello Aaron, Ironically - I am living in VT at the moment however originally from Ferndale, MI. I have a question about barn restoration funding there …

Insulating My Metal Pole Barn 
Barn Geek, I have a 20x30x20H metal side and roof barn that is in great shape and insulated under the roof. The roof insulation is a white thinner looking …

Barn Wood Preservatives 
Hi, I have a house here in MT that we built 5 yrs ago and sided it with reclaimed Wyoming snow fence that was a nice uniform gray color. No finish was …

Do it yourself barn siding 
We had the frame of our barn done by professionals and will have them do the interior finish work but we are going to do roof and siding ourselves as we …

Building/planning a barn 
I would like to know if you have any suppliers in Australia? also is it possible to purchase barn plans from your company? We would like to build a …

Constructing the side walls, cost 
Hello, I am considering using a frame like yours to build a small house in Sonoma county, California. I have some general questions. What is the process …

Another barn question 
Hi Aaron In your reply to Colleen you mentioned that a barn was saved that was on state land. I know that there are several situations like this in Michigan, …

Very small barn with recycled material 
We are planning on building a small gambrel roof traditional barn (shed?) in the spring. We are planning on having the foundation inset into a south facing …

Save this old barn 
Hi, What can be done to save an old barn when property is sold to the State? My parents are in financial need of selling 66 acres of their farm land. …

What is the smallest barn you can make? 
Just curious what the minimum size barn your kits come in (Gambrel roof) Thanks, -Joel Hi Joel, Thanks for your question. We can design your …

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Barn Restoration 
Hello, We just recently acquired an old farm house complete with a large, beautiful barn that has sadly seen neglect as many unfortunate Michigan barns …

barn home with recycled materials 
My husband and I are making major changes in our lifestyle and are seriously thinking about building a barn home to live in. We love the thought of …

New barn on an old barn foundation. 
Do you have a location where we could see the different barns in person? We also are not quite sure on exactly what options you offer. I mean if you …

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