Hank Rearden
This spring it's time to start breaking ground on a small bank barn/blacksmith shop. I've collected limestone from local construction projects to build the foundation. Flagstone for the ground floor. I plan to incorporate cordwood construction in some of the exterior walls on the ground floor. As well as using half timber framing. For the main floor I have solid wood flooring and hardie board siding from an addition we added to the house in 2009. Clean up day in the neighborhood netted two double hung windows and a large solid wood door with a window that were in excellent shape.

The cord wood is locust that I harvested from the woods in the backyard. I believe I'll be able to locate old barn beams locally for the half timber. Dimensional lumber I'll pickup at Lowes and if I can find a good tin roof for the top it will all stay nice and dry for the rest of my natural life.

I have a few photos I'll post later this week. I plan on a two year build. Most of it will be just me and if I'm lucky to get my son out a little extra help. He's off to college soon. So I'm hoping this might just bring him around a little more often.


 
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Scrambler82
Hank Rearden,

How's the shop doing ?

I noticed you said it was a 2 year build, it's been 2.5 years for me, it is completed ?

I started a steel building a 2.5 years ago, permitting and contractors in SoCal were a big problem in time and talk but got it together.  
Now just need to electrify it and add some accessories !
This picture is from a little while back during construction, doors are on, filled in some in front of the shop.

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Scrambler82
New picture with doors installed.

Finished Barn/Shop.
Started filling in the front after creating  water path.
Stone will be all the way around the building.

Got some BX-MC Cable... finally, nothing locally in the lengths I needed.  Amazon had 100 foot rolls, perfect, free shipping.

The white dot on the front peak is a light box for a spot light, one in the rear that same way, a spot on either side too.

There are six skylight panels in the roof, it turned out better than expected, no lights needed during the day.

Still to put a weather vane up !

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No picture of the inside of the barn... as yet, but this pic below shows the amount of light the skylights allow in !
The pic is my PW on her original stand, taken without any flash and is located approximately in the middle of the Barn, a lot of light from those panels.

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GrevB
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Scrambler82
Hank,

I know this was a couple of years back but I still posted, hoping others might post.
Where do you stand on this ?
You mentioned using Locust for some of the wall and the floor.  I come from New England, there is a lot of Locust but not sure if it is the same type but it is a funny wood.  One minute it is hard and burns well but then it goes to pulp, quicker than I could burn my supply.   Will the Locust be a problem ?

AND... not to rush you, me being the last person to do that, did you get the pictures of what was done ?

Thanks

Hank Rearden wrote:
This spring it's time to start breaking ground on a small bank barn/blacksmith shop. I've collected limestone from local construction projects to build the foundation. Flagstone for the ground floor. I plan to incorporate cordwood construction in some of the exterior walls on the ground floor. As well as using half timber framing. For the main floor I have solid wood flooring and hardie board siding from an addition we added to the house in 2009. Clean up day in the neighborhood netted two double hung windows and a large solid wood door with a window that were in excellent shape.

The cord wood is locust that I harvested from the woods in the backyard. I believe I'll be able to locate old barn beams locally for the half timber. Dimensional lumber I'll pickup at Lowes and if I can find a good tin roof for the top it will all stay nice and dry for the rest of my natural life.

I have a few photos I'll post later this week. I plan on a two year build. Most of it will be just me and if I'm lucky to get my son out a little extra help. He's off to college soon. So I'm hoping this might just bring him around a little more often.


 
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GrevB
Location: SoCal, USA
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