The Complete Guide to Building Classic Barns, Fences, Storage Sheds, Animal Pens, Outbuildings, Greenhouses, Farm Equipment, & Tools: A Step-by-Step Guide to Building Everything You Might Need on a Small Farm - With Companion CD-ROM available in NOOK Book, Other Format
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You probably won’t encounter many books with such a long title. The subtitle makes this volume sound even more useful: “A Step-by-Step Guide to Building Everything You Might Need on a Small Farm.” As guides go, this one’s much more “show” than “tell.” It’s chock full of detailed and precise architectural plans. Drawings of what? Here’s a mere sampling: 200-cow dairy facility, hay rack and entry ramp, fence-line sheep feeder, 18’ x 30’ wood-framed general barn, 10’ x 12’ poultry house, 10’ x 21’ hoop greenhouse, storage shed, 50-head cattle corral, plus fences and gates galore. These designs aren’t meant for amateur builders--at least not casual amateurs. They’re primarily intended for individuals and crews who know what they’re doing. That said, some of the smaller structures and simpler fences and gates could be “test projects” for a relative beginner. Bottom line, though, is that following through on the plans is meant to produce highly practical, long-lasting results. One extremely important bonus is that this do-it-yourself guide can save you big bucks--especially if you’re willing to invest the requisite “sweat equity.” Having lived for a while on a hobby farm, I was struck not only by the utility of the various plans, but also by the old-fashioned beauty and charm of some of the larger structures. A well-designed and -built barn, for instance, is nothing less than a rustic work of art. Note that this guide comes with a CD-ROM containing all of the book’s hard-copy plans plus a bunch of bonus designs. Overall, quite a package!