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Barn Plans and Shed Plans for Your Homestead Needs

3/11/2009 2:26:23 PM

Tags: barn plans, shed plans

red barn

“A place for everything, and everything in its place” was an old adage that many of us grew up with. It was one of those aphorisms so often quoted by earlier generations. But it is a fact that having the right storage facilities can improve the efficiency of our lives.

The same can be said for homestead animals — having a dedicated “house” for your chickens, goats or pigs will make their lives and yours easier to manage. One of my favorite small barn plans is the “Little Red Barn.” The main structure is 8 feet by 12 feet with a practical double door and gambrel roof. There is also the option of adding on an 8-foot by 12-foot shed to either side of the barn, making a total of 12 feet by 24 feet. This little barn is large enough to house a few hens and a couple of goats, with storage space for a small tractor, animal feed and a lot of hay bales.

small barn or shed will provide cozy comfort for your critters, and the process of building the structure can be a great family project.



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barefootdiva
9/20/2010 9:33:49 AM
Although I agree with the sentiment of Doug_42, I have to disagree with a few details. In our "neck'o the woods". It is much less expensive to have a cell phone. We live about 15 miles from town. Landline phones here consider that town long distance. Cellulars have no long distance/roaming fees. They have also saved countless return trips by having someone pick up or check on something while they are still in town, rather than waiting till they come home. Now, do we need phones with all the bells and whistles - No, I have always wanted to minimize my impact on this wonderful world. However, we each should work within the bounds of our environment and not throw the baby out with the bath water. Some modern conveniences can minimize our long term impact. PlicketyCat - can I come visit :)

PlicketyCat
7/19/2010 1:23:39 PM
What communications method anyone uses is really a matter of circumstance. In our situation, there are no landline telephones to be had in the woods, no cell reception for that matter. Our only (affordable) communication mediums are our satellite internet and our CB radio. The internet also multi-tasks as our library, our post office, our bank, our shopping center, and our movie theater since none of those options are available within 150 miles. We aren't online 24/7 because we make our own power, but it's nice to be able to fire up the satellite and wireless network to pay some bills or do some research when we aren't outside working. I'm sure we could live without it, but it would take much more time out of our already busy schedules to drive 4 hours into town to do things "manually". The internet even saved our lives this winter when it was minus 50F for an extended period and none of the vehicles, generator or chainsaws would start... we used the last bit of juice in the batteries to send a "we need help" email to a friend in the next village (the satellite dish uses a lot less power than the CB radio).

Doug_42
2/21/2010 10:58:45 AM
I have been reading alot lately on being self sufficent and there is one thing I would like everyone to remember. Due to the way this world has moved away from that idea in the past 50 years and has grown increasingly more dependant on other people, we can all cut dependancies and expenses some how. People don't want to get rid of their electronics and mechanical devices because they make life easier, however, every single one of those things makes us dependant on a corporate business or the government in some shape or form. take cell phones compared to land lines for example. Although they both leave us paying a bill to a large company one is much more costly than the other and really serves no more purpose. If someone calls us on our cell phone while we are at work we don't answer it yet if they call a land line we aren't there to answer it. If we are out with friends in a movie, we don't answer our cell but if they were to call a landline we again aren't there to answer it. If we are running errands and paying bills and we get a call on our cell, most people simple say I will call you later when I get home and am not busy so we could easily just talk to that person on a landline. Another one is the internet. After having been a college student in modern years I understand it's value but to be constantly connected to it is absurd! Alas, we all (including me) continue to spend money and have attachments to things that are simply not a neccessity. Ironic isn't it







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