If you are planning to build a barn plan this spring or summer for your farm, ranch or another property, there are a few things to consider before you choose a barn plan or blueprint. Take some time to think about the purpose of your barn before buying blueprints. This list will help you:
- Size and Space – How large do you need your barn to be, and how much space do you have to work with? The size of your lot or the purpose of your barn might determine what size barn you build.
- Function – How do you plan to use the barn? Will you need animal stalls? Room to store heavy equipment like tractors, wagons, and combines? Do you need a place to store feed or hay for your animals?
- Finished Space – Do you need any finished space in your barn as living quarters for farmhands, office space to run your livestock business, or just a place to eat lunch?
- Special Features – Depending on how you plan to use your barn might influence if it has any special features. Do you need a full bathroom? Do you need an aisle with barn doors on either end to make it easy to pull the tractor into the barn? Do you need a loft for storage?
Determining these items before you begin searching for a barn blueprint will help get your blueprint search off to a good start. Browse our outbuilding collection to see the many barns we have to offer
This is the place to find a 2-car garage plan that satisfies your needs. We offer a multitude of sizes and styles to accommodate the many wants and needs of any homeowner. Take a look at this sampling of detached garage designs and get ready to choose the one that suits you the best!
047G-0019 – If you simply need a place to park two cars, do it with style with this handsome design. Two overhead garage doors, a side-entry service door and traditional styling are presented in an attractive package. Simple yet satisfying.
050G-0027 – Step it up a notch with this design. Not only is there room for two vehicles, but the right bay is deep enough to accommodate a boat. Plus, there is space for a workshop in back of the bay on the left. Upstairs, a loft area presenting ample storage space, a packrat’s paradise!
034G-0021 – This design offers two overhead garage doors and a rear-entry service door delivering accommodations for convenient, secure storage of two vehicles. Ahhh! But it doesn’t end there. A separate front entry leads to the second floor studio apartment, which includes a full bath, kitchenette, and storage closet. If you need a guest suite, home office, art studio, workshop, exercise room, an apartment for your mother-in-law or gardener, this detached garage plan could fit the bill!
Evaluate your needs, even those you didn’t know you had, and prepare to explore our collection of 2-car garage plans. Satisfaction awaits you.
With the holidays just days away, many drivers are planning long distance holiday road trips to visit family and friends. Your road trip will go much smoother and will be much more enjoyable if you do a little extra planning in advance. Below are eight travel tips to help you plan for your road trip:
- Join a travel club – If you don’t already have a membership to a travel club, join one before you leave town. It will save you a lot of headaches if the unexpected happens while you’re on the road.
- Speaking of the “unexpected”… – Whenever you go on a long distance road trip, you should EXPECT the UNEXPECTED. Anticipate spending extra time on your road trip for whatever might come your way whether it’s a problem such as a flat tire or road construction that slows you down, or a nice surprise like happening upon a charming little town along your route or a tourist attraction that you didn’t know you’d be passing by. If the “unexpected” is a nice surprise, slow down and enjoy it.
- Check you air pressure – Before you leave town, check the air pressure in your tires, including the spare. Improper air pressure can lead to poor handling, lower gas mileage, and in extreme cases it can even cause overheating and a blowout.
- Take turns driving – Switch drivers often. It is safer to switch drivers frequently so no one gets tired or starts “zoning out” behind the wheel. Plus everyone gets a chance to enjoy the scenery while they are the passenger.
- Take frequent restroom breaks – As a rule, you should use the restroom every time you stop during your road trip. Even if you don’t think you have to go, go anyway. If you haven’t traveled your route before, you might not know when you’ll come across the next rest stop, gas station, etc.
- Plan rest days – If you’re driving from one side of the country to the other, your trip could take a few days. Build rest days into your travel schedule. This will give all drivers and passengers a chance to rest and regroup, not to mention it will be good for your car. Constant driving can be taxing on your car. If you take a break or two, your car will be less likely to overheat, breakdown, etc.
- Eat healthy – Roadside convenience stores aren’t exactly known for their healthy food options, so pack a cooler for your trip. When the munchies hit you in the car, you’ll be better off with a healthy snack like fruit, yogurt, juice, etc.
- Entertain the kids – If you’ll be traveling with children, your trip will be more enjoyable if the kids are entertained in the car. Bring travel games, books, magazines, a children’s music CD, etc. Plan to play games like “I Spy”, sing songs, and count blue cars or big rigs. If your kids are entertained, they are less likely to cry all the way to Grandma’s house making your ride more peaceful and enjoyable. And don’t forget their favorite blankets, stuffed, animals or other comfort items that might help them nap in the car.
For more tips, please check out 8 Travel Tips for a Holiday Weekend Road Trip.
If you insist on dedicating hours to the tedium of rolling, cutting and decorating multitudes of sugar cookies, turn your head, this isn’t for you. This is an old fashioned sugar cookie recipe that tastes great and requires no rolling or cutting. It’s good for any time of the year, but you can dress them up for the holidays by using colored sugars when you flatten them.
2 cups sugar
1 cup shortening
1 tbs grated lemon or orange peel
1 cup sour cream
3 ½ cups flour
1 tsp salt
½ tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
Sugar for decorating
Cream the shortening and sugar. Add the egg and grated peel, then mix in the sour cream. Sift together the dry ingredients and stir into the mixture. Drop by spoonfuls onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Flatten with the bottom of a glass dipped in sugar.Bake at 375 degrees for 12-15 minutes.
Here’s a muffin recipe that uses two of Thanksgivings favorite flavors. I like to serve them warm for breakfast as a preview of the goodies to come. And remember, since they are muffins, you don’t have to mix them to death, a few lumps in the batter is okay.
Pumpkin Cranberry Muffins
2 cups flour
¾ cup brown sugar
2 tsp baking powder
¼ tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
1 ½ tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 cup pumpkin puree
2 lightly beaten eggs
½ cup melted butter
¼ cup buttermilk
2 tsp vanilla
1 cup dried cranberries
1 cup chopped pecans
Mix the dry ingredients together in a bowl. In another bowl mix together the pumpkin, eggs, butter, buttermilk and vanilla. Then gradually beat in the dry ingredients. Stir in the cranberries and nuts. Fill greased muffin tins ¾ full. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes. Makes approximately 12 muffins.