Barn Repair and Expand

View of the barn on the way from the house.

View of the barn on the way from the house.


This project is high on a hill with a mile and quarter access road that switch-backs up a steep side hill. Historically a farm (apples and potatoes), it now raises sheep and the barn needs some attention. The wind had hit the open end of the barn so hard one of the walls blew out and required an emergency repair in recent years. The owners want to extend the barn a few feet and close it in so they won’t have to worry about another wind caused blowout. They have already poured some sturdy piers in the ground anticipating this project. A 13’ wide door will allow access to and storage of their hay trailer.

On the opposite end of the barn a mule and donkeys are sheltered and they have been too rough with the enclosure, breaking the siding in several locations. These areas need to be repaired and all of this area needs to be fortified.

First Steps

Unfortunately the project was started late but the owners feel an urgency to close in the barn to protect it from further damage. A local source for rough sawn 1 inch boards for siding was located and purchased at a very reasonable price. The boards were delivered to the barn but it became apparent that a storage area would be preferable than allowing the sheep to trample them so I built a lumber storage area hanging from the rafters. The 2×6’s and 2×4’s we needed came from a local sawmill and were green and ice coated from an ice storm so after I delivered them to the site some de-icing took place on a convenient warm day.

The rafter assemblies consisted of 20’ and 16’ rafters and a 16’ collar tie. I cut all the parts for the three assemblies and built one. My plan is to install one rafter assembly to replace the rotted one that was not covered by roofing, cut the rotted ends of the 2×4 perlins off at the center of the last solid rafter and replace them with the new 7’ 2×4’s. The one new rafter assembly in place will provide a second point of attachment for the perlins at 3 feet, cantilevering the remaining 4 feet. These will assist in holding the remaining 2 rafter assemblies as they are installed but before proceeding with that step, the corner post and wall extension must be installed. That will complete the roof framing, allowing the corrugated roofing to be applied. With extension and roofing completed, I will build the end wall.

See the gallery below of the job site. Many of them are just scenery as the location is so beautiful the photographer in me takes over.


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