There are many known varieties when it comes to barn plans and designs. Barns have been built over the past decades either as storage for large farm equipment, as a shelter for pets and farm animals or for storing hay. Looking at past designs of barn plans, it can be seen how most barn appearances conform to its function. Each function normally follows a somewhat different design. One of the comparatively simple barns to build is the pole barn.
In a pole barn, framing materials would basically be just a simple choice between rough cut logs, wooden poles or even salvaged telephone poles. For the roof, one would ideally use wood planking or maybe wood sheeting. This can also be used for the sides. Some tools are essential like a hammer, nails, cement and post-hole diggers.
Types of Barns and Barn Plans
Pole barns are named because that is how the building is supported – on poles. Modern barn plans include poles made from a variety of materials. There are those that utilize railroad ties, while some use landscaping lumbers. Metal pipes that are fused together then lain down in concrete are used for much larger barns. Barns can be built on cement groundwork, or the poles can be set on excavated ground, filling it with cement afterwards to secure the poles.
Construction of the barn is made simple with excellent barn plans. The sides and the roof of the barn can be built with materials such as corrugated plastic or sheets of tin. Just join these with the pole frame or put them in place by hammering them together. To make sure that the barn is waterproof use roofing caps and over lap the roofing tin. Barn plans include a larger sliding entrance for heavy equipment and generally a smaller door for foot traffic.