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.
5/7/2018 3:07:37 AM

I used the plans at WWW.EASYWOODWORK.ORG to build my own barn and shed – I highly recommend you visit that website and check their plans out too. They are detailed and super easy to read and understand unlike several others I found online. The amount of plans there is mind-boggling… there’s like 16,000 plans or something like that for tons of different projects. Definitely enough to keep me busy with projects for many more years to come haha Go to WWW.EASYWOODWORK.ORG if you want some additional plans :)

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 :)

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).

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