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
While the farmhand may be a position traditionally overlooked, this featured barn plan includes amenities to make sure that the animals won’t be the only ones with a place to relax. Living quarters boasting a living room, bedroom, bathroom, and a kitchen, assures space for either a residing farmhand or perhaps simply a place for a welcome respite between the morning and afternoon chores. This outbuilding design also offers nine stalls to house animals including one with garage door access allowing for storage of a small tractor or truck with easy accessibility. A tack room allows for storage of animal supplies such as feed and medicine along with a sink and counter that can double as a workbench for the farmer who is looking to fix rather than to replace. The loft and attic on the second level offer additional storage for not only farm equipment and supplies but for those items in your house that may have been making it feel more like a barn than a home.
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Add functionality to your farm, ranch or other piece of rural property with this thoughtfully designed barn plan. Ideal for those who own or raise horses or have a home-based business offering equestrian activities, this barn design has more to offer than you might expect. Begin outside with the covered tractor/equipment port, just right for storing farm machinery or even a horse trailer. Inside, a wide breezeway features sliding doors at both ends of the barn and a wash area in the center for grooming horses. On the right, four horse stalls offer sliding door access to the breezeway and individual doors opening to a pen, pasture or riding area. On the opposite side of the breezeway you’ll find a work area and office providing room to handle paperwork for your business, ordering feed and other supplies or setting appointments for shows, riding lessons, etc. Don’t miss the handy tack room or the convenient full bath. The main floor delivers 757 square feet of finished/heated space and 2146 square feet of unfinished/unheated space for a total of 2903 square feet under roof including the tractor port. Exterior stairs lend access to an unfinished storage loft. Enhance your rural property with this versatile utilitarian structure. Visit our website to view this barn plan in detail.
Whether you own a working farm, a sprawling ranch for raising livestock or just a small parcel of land and a couple of horses, building a barn plan or a stable is sure to enhance your property value and provide functional shelter for your livestock. There are many types of barn plans and stable designs available. They are available in a multitude of sizes and offer a variety of thoughtful features making them more efficient and functional then the barns and stables of yesteryear. Here’s a list of features that are commonly incorporated with today’s barn plans and stables:
- Individual stalls, many offering outdoor access to a pen or pasture
- Tack rooms
- Storage areas
- Sliding doors on either end of the structure
- Storage loft
- Finished loft with recreation area or living space
- Half/full bath
Barn plans and stables are ideal for those who raise/own horses, but they often work well for those who want to own a couple of cattle or few other farm animals but don’t need all the other outbuildings and accessories associated with a working farm or ranch. Browse our outbuilding collection to view our barn plans.
When building a detached garage plan, shed, outbuilding, barn or carport, The Garage Plan Shop recommends planning ahead when it comes to electrical wiring. All of the above mentioned structures are flexible and can be used for of a variety of purposes, so the first thing you need to think about is how you will use the structure. Will you use your garage or carport just for parking cars? Will you need lighting in your garden shed? Do you plan to use power tools in your outbuilding? Knowing how you plan to use your new addition will help you plan for electricity.
Begin by hiring a licensed electrician to help you. Let this professional review your garage blueprints to get a better understanding of the completed structure. With your electrician, come up with an electrical plan to accommodate your needs. This will keep you from over-wiring your structure and spending more than you need or electrical outlets, switches and fixtures. Your pre-determined electrical plan will also ensure that you have everything you need to use your new garage, carport or outbuilding the way you wish. Furthermore, it is better and less expensive to install electrical wiring during construction than it is to go back and retrofit the building for additional electrical needs at a later date.
When it comes to using power in your barn, outbuilding, shed, garage or carport, there are six main categories to consider:
- Heating and cooling
- Garage doors and garage door openers
- Special accessories (refrigerator, TV, radio)
- Charging station for an electric vehicle
Talk with your electrician and determine what types of outlets and fixtures you’ll need to accommodate your specific needs. Consider amps and voltage. Read packaging and labels to determine what each of the above items will require. Have the electrician install outlets, fixtures, switches, circuit breakers and the electrical panel accordingly to accommodate all of your needs.
Anticipating your electrical needs for your new utilitarian structure will ensure you new outbuilding, garage or shed plan will accommodate all of your needs while paying the best price by installing wiring during the construction phase instead of after the building is finished.