With their classic barns and fences, American small farms, and the buildings that support these farms, serve a much-needed purpose as much today as they have in the past. Every well-meaning farmer or property owner with livestock, small animals, or farming equipment has need of a barn or a series of outbuildings. Unfortunately, many farmers now rely on expensive contractors to do a job many farmers traditionally undertook themselves.
This book has been designed to ensure everyone who has ever thought of building their own barns, outbuildings, or animal pens knows exactly what is entailed — from inception of the design to the final construction stages. You will learn exactly what you need to start building outbuildings, barns, farming equipment, and farm supplies. For each of the structures showed within this book, you will learn the required dimensions and extra space you might not have previously considered, including space for your motorized machinery, a workshop for maintaining your equipment, and loft space for hay bales, feed, and farming equipment.
This book offers plans for building barns, storage structures, animal pens, storage sheds, and greenhouses. It also offers plans for building gates, fences, wagons, farm equipment, and other structures and equipment necessary for the success of your small farm. If you are looking to save thousands of dollars by building your own farm structures and equipment, this book will walk you through every step of the design, preparation, and construction process, ensuring success and capturing the lost art of small farm self-sufficiency.
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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!