Grandpa's Barn Design

by Tiea
(Cypress Inn, TN, USA)

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 barn. Personally I will need a barn with stables, hay storage, feed and tack room, and hopefully a side shed for storing trailers and tractor.

With exception to tractor storage my grandpa's barn fits this bill but I was wondering if there are some different takes on this style of barn.

It is a 2 story barn with stables and tack room in bottom but the second story is where his differs from others. The back of the loft has a large metal slide with a pulley system running to the small front door with the idea you take the large round bales and pull them up the slide to the loft for storage.

The loft comes complete with trap doors to each stables hay rack. The side wall of the of the barn is a hay rack that runs the length of the barn and the round bales can be prepped and rolled into the rack without ever leaving the barn or touching the ground. The hay never gets wet and except for what the cows pull out doesn't rot on the ground.

Is this just a unique barn or are there other plans similar to this?

I like the barn so much because of the preservation of hay unlike where the hay sits on the ground and spoils.

Hello Tia,

Your grandpa's barn sounds like a very innovative barn. I have seen all sorts of contraptions in old barns usually designed to meet one special purpose or another. Farmers are some of the best inventors. It is possible that he has the only one with that particular set up. On the other hand it is possible that it is a modification of an old hay trolley system. I would need to see pictures of the set up to know for sure.

There are several old barn design books available for download for free when you sign up for our e-zine.

Some of these books have drawings and details of some really cool contraptions found in old barns.

Thanks
Aaron Esch
The Barn Geek

Click here to post comments

Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to Ask the Barn Geek.


How to build the 20x30 sugar Shack for under $12k!  


Recent Articles

  1. old barn- Fortville, IN

    Mar 21, 19 07:53 AM

    Old barn on recently acquired property that we wish to develop needs removed. Unsure of dimensions and age. Has good beams, good project wood, and weathered

    Read More

  2. 1950 Gothic Barn for sale (Brunswick, Maine) 35 x 35

    Mar 15, 19 03:57 PM

    I have a 1950 Gothic style barn for sale in Topsham Maine. I would love to renovate this barn but currently I do not have the money to do so. It was

    Read More

  3. Circa 1920 45x45x30 Barn, Climax MI

    Mar 11, 19 12:59 PM

    Structure Information General Purpose Livestock Barn Year Built: 1920 Address: 2651 B Dr. S., Climax MI 49034 Structure: 100% Wood Pole Frame Exterior

    Read More

  4. 32'x40' 100+ year old Barn Pittsford MI

    Feb 25, 19 11:26 AM

    This barn frame is over 100+ years old. The metal roof has kept the frame as well as interior hand hewn beams and structure in excellent condition. The

    Read More

  5. 54x40 Hand Hewn Barn in Dexter, MI

    Feb 20, 19 09:24 AM

    Late 1800’s 54x40 barn located in Dexter, MI, 18.5ft tall at peak, hand hewn, in need of major repair. Exterior 12in pine, interior mostly oak. Must pick

    Read More

  6. 30x42 Oak Barn Frame - Fishers, IN

    Feb 15, 19 07:54 PM

    We have a 30x42 red oak barn frame available for $10,000. This includes the original frame that will be tagged and diagrammed. It does not include any

    Read More

  7. Reclaimed barn wood donations needed - Georgia

    Jan 28, 19 02:20 PM

    I am planning to start a television network for in depth Christian teaching. Start up will be small in nature and I need old barn wood to build a TV set.

    Read More

  8. Early 1800's barn for reclamation - Fairmont, West Virginia

    Jan 28, 19 02:14 PM

    Size 20'x30' pre-civil war,pre West Virginia, hand hewn logs and beams. An additional 10'x30' section of wooden planks includes three livestock stalls

    Read More

  9. Old 23x24 Granary--Cross Junction, VA

    Jan 09, 19 05:59 PM

    Wooden granary built in early 1900's. Tear down and take away. Best offer. Contact Roger at 540-667-5206 or email: [email protected]

    Read More

  10. 40'x68' Stoomps Barn Frame - Ohio

    Jan 02, 19 04:34 PM

    This historic barn frame, circa early 1860’s measures 40’ wide x 68’ length. It is clearly English bank barn style built barn in the basement area, but

    Read More

  11. 30'x50' Tyson Barn Frame - Ohio

    Jan 02, 19 04:33 PM

    This historic barn frame, circa late 1850’s and is pristine condition. Measuring 30’x50’ , this is the perfect size for a repurposed barn frame retirement

    Read More

  12. Old barn for sale- Meriden, CT

    Jan 02, 19 04:32 PM

    Old barn for sale located in Meriden, Connecticut. Terms negotiable. Please call 203-237-5397 ext. 1 for more information.

    Read More

  13. 40'x60' White Barn Frame - Ohio

    Jan 02, 19 04:27 PM

    This barn frame circa early 1850’s is being sold as a 40’x60’ frame. Heavy hewn timbers were used in this frame construction. Bent layout is (3) 20’ bays.

    Read More

  14. 30’x64’ Wasserman Barn Frame - Ohio

    Jan 02, 19 04:26 PM

    This barn frame, measuring 30’ wide x64’ long with an attached 16’x38’ tee addition was built by the same master barn builder about 15 years apart. The

    Read More

  15. Old Historic 1850+ English Barn w/Gable Roof - Ottawa Lake, MI

    Dec 26, 18 12:04 PM

    Old Historic 1850+ English Barn w/ Gable Roof This barn is 60'x40' with 4 bays and a queen truss design. The beams are all rough sawn and in excellent

    Read More