Country Lore: A $2,000 Garage

This reader constructed a pole barn, and she spent very little money doing it.
By Bette Balmer
August/September 2005
Add to My MSN


Content Tools

Related Content

Finishing the Barndominium: Almost Ready to Move In

After three years of trying to build the barndominium in three-week-per-year spurts, Jim has relocat...

For The Love of Pole Barns, Part 2: Siting a New Barn

You decide you want a pole barn, what is next? Site preparation can yield some surprising findings....

Kitchens Get Bigger, Garages Get Smaller: 10 Most-Wanted Features for New Homes

An annual survey of home buyers found that Americans want smaller homes with a focus on casual livin...

The Best Garage Floor Coatings to Prevent Oil Stains

There are lots of options for covering your garage or shop floor to prevent oil or fluid spills from...

After moving to our North Carolina mountain cabin, we looked to Mother Earth News for ideas before building our garage/shop. After spending hours at a local restaurant drawing plans on the place mats, my husband and his buddy Jim started a rustic but economical project. They planned to erect an 18-by-24-foot pole barn, made mostly of logs, with a steel roof.

Their first job was to go into our woods and cut hickory, poplar and oak trees for the cross beams. Then they went to a local sawmill and bought 2-by-10-foot yellow pine for the rafters and assorted seconds for the siding. All of the sawmill lumber was irregularly sized leftovers, costing two-thirds less than usual.

Next, they found a 16-by-17-foot insulated garage door, with opener, for $50 at a yard sale. They installed several windows, also purchased at yard sales, for extra light and ventilation. And they had the floor of the shop poured, for a very reasonable price, by a local cement company. The only things purchased from a retail lumber company were nails, screws and eight 2-by-10-foot pressure-treated boards.

The shop has 9-foot sidewalls with a 45-degree pitched roof that offers us lots of good storage space. We ended up with a versatile and unique shop for about $2,000. It fit our budget; it’s almost all natural, and the best part — it’s done!

Bette Balmer
Franklin, North Carolina
 








Post a comment below.

 








Subscribe Today - Pay Now & Save 66% Off the Cover Price

First Name: *
Last Name: *
Address: *
City: *
State/Province: *
Zip/Postal Code:*
Country:
Email:*
(* indicates a required item)
Canadian subs: 1 year, (includes postage & GST). Foreign subs: 1 year, . U.S. funds.
Canadian Subscribers - Click Here
Non US and Canadian Subscribers - Click Here

Lighten the Strain on the Earth and Your Budget

MOTHER EARTH NEWS is the guide to living — as one reader stated — “with little money and abundant happiness.” Every issue is an invaluable guide to leading a more sustainable life, covering ideas from fighting rising energy costs and protecting the environment to avoiding unnecessary spending on processed food. You’ll find tips for slashing heating bills; growing fresh, natural produce at home; and more. MOTHER EARTH NEWS helps you cut costs without sacrificing modern luxuries.

At MOTHER EARTH NEWS, we are dedicated to conserving our planet’s natural resources while helping you conserve your financial resources. That’s why we want you to save money and trees by subscribing through our earth-friendly automatic renewal savings plan. By paying with a credit card, you save an additional $5 and get 6 issues of MOTHER EARTH NEWS for only $12.00 (USA only).

You may also use the Bill Me option and pay $17.00 for 6 issues.