Wednesday, June 10, 2009

The barn part 1/ day 1

I was tired of letting my equipment set outside and having to cover it with tarps every time I finished using it, so last winter I decided to have a barn built on the farm to keep my equipment in, as well a shop. I selected the above site which is directly behind the little brown shack. I started looking around for someone to do the excavating work but was having no luck, either they couldn't get to it or the wouldn't show up. Since I live two and a half hours from the farm this was a problem. Since I had a lot of clearing that needed to be done on the farm(fence rows cleared for the new fence and pastures that have grown up), I decided to go ahead a look for a dozer, that way I could work when I had the time and didn't have to rely on anyone else.

I bought this dozer in December and January started leveling the pad for the new barn.

Due to the rain and snow I didn't get it finished until mid April. I originally intended on building the barn myself but due to time constraints I decided to have it built. I decided on Morton Buildings to build the barn and was totally pleased with their work.

After laying out the site they started digging the holes for the post.

After the bottom half of the post were set and the bottom band was put on, they used a jig to cut all the post to the same height.

Next they set all the upper post and started build one of the side walls. Due to the rain that started this was the end of day one.
I will continue on tomorrow.
Thanks for stopping by


  1. Great blog, man, I love to see the construction process. If I was smart, I would have bought a used dozer when we first moved here!

    Sorry to see that chicken too. I never did find any evidence of my rooster.


  2. Ron, thanks, yeah the dozer has come in real handy. During the winter while cutting firewood for my parents I got stuck several times, dozer to the rescue. The other good thing about dozers is they retain their value so well, you can use them for all your projects and as long as you take care of them you can usually get most of your money back out of them.