Country Lore: A $2,000 Garage

This reader constructed a pole barn, and she spent very little money doing it.

| August/September 2005


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
 






Mother Earth News Fair Schedule 2019

MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR

Next: February, 16-17 2019
Belton, TX

Whether you want to learn how to grow and raise your own food, build your own root cellar, or create a green dream home, come out and learn everything you need to know — and then some!

LEARN MORE








Subscribe Today - Pay Now & Save 64% Off the Cover Price

Money-Saving Tips in Every Issue!

Mother Earth NewsAt MOTHER EARTH NEWS, we are dedicated to conserving our planet's natural resources while helping you conserve your financial resources. You'll find tips for slashing heating bills, growing fresh, natural produce at home, and more. 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 $12.95 (USA only).

You may also use the Bill Me option and pay $17.95 for 6 issues.

Canadian Subscribers - Click Here
International Subscribers - Click Here
Canadian subscriptions: 1 year (includes postage & GST).


Facebook Pinterest Instagram YouTube Twitter flipboard
Free Product Information Classifieds

}