Barn Design: shed options

If you want a small storage building to store your horse equipment and to serve as a feed room, these are some options to check out. This were options I was considering at a temporary boarding situation that we didn’t carry through at the time because we ended up moving, however, the benefits of separate storage shed is you could move it when you leave and that it’s self contained.

I knew that I wanted a storage building, minimum 8×10 instead of some sort of temporary plastic storage at the property we are currently boarding at.The reality is that I have a lot of horse stuff and I want it in one place that would be secure, and be an asset when we moved it to another property, either one we had bought or were renting.

Option #1 – Vinyl shed. <$1000
Available at Lowes, as a DIY kit, you can construct it easily on site. I liked the no-rust, no-rot idea of vinyl. Why I decided against was that he had no loft and I really feel a loft barn will give me much more room. My experience with these types of plastic sheds is that they are not as structurally sound as a wooden one, though would perhaps be easier to remove.

Option #2 DIY wooden kit for a Gambrel roof mini-barn <$1,000
This kit does include flooring, but no shingles. I love the loft and the size is good, as well as the price. It’s biggest plus is you just assemble it, no cutting. However, it’s built with 2×3 instead of 2×4 and I have real doubts on it’s stability when being moved. However, the interior height and lofts were definitely something I wanted.

Option #3 Renting to buy a building. <$2,000
A Gambrel (sometimes called Dutch) metal structure 8×10 with loft, would be about $1325 and a wooden one $1988. The monthly rental would be feasible ($100 or less a month) but I would need to wait about 2 months for it to be constructed.

Custom in terms of color, windows and doors, it wouldn’t have the door system that I really want and would still be uninsulated and w/o the skylights. In my gut I just feel we could build this for far less, or at least the same amount with all the extra features I want.

Option #4 Build from a plan.
To insure that I get the custom things I want, at a good price, I’m now researching plans. Although, I did look online and found some good options for plans, I just found a book at Lowes that I think will have what we need.

So after my research and thinking on what I would put it in and how I would access it, I’ve decided a few more things about the Gambrel (Dutch) mini-barn, especially after another research trip to Lowes.

1.) Definitely want a loft so that means the Gambrel style mini-barn. I have too much off season horse stuff and things I won’t be using until we get our own place (i.e. blankets, buckets, muckbuckets etc…) and I want it out of the garage and all in one place.

2.) Definitely want the door on the side (shown below). This gives me one really long wall, opposite the doors, and two separate lofts on either short wall.

instead of on the end (shown below) Which would give only one deep loft.

3.) Height. I need to make sure that the interior is a minimum height, even under the lofts so people can walk under. This is a common problem with all of these sheds and how they cut corners (literally) in costs. Nothing is more irritating then ducking into a storage building or knocking your forehead!

4.) Hanging Doors. I’m changing the doors. Instead of opening on hinges (a common area that breaks due to the weight of the doors, or the doors don’t hang square due to settling or wood warp), I am going to hang the doors with a barn door track. This goes across the top of the doors, enabling them to slide open, going opposite directions, resting against the side wall of the barn facing.

See I have this problem – I hate crap. And doors that swing open, taking up aisle space, banging in the wind, destroying hinges, not closing straight, is going to really piss me off.

These are a bit pricey, but you can get a straight U-channel track from anyone who sells stall kits.

5.) Insulated. Hubby was starting to fight me on this, until I pointed out to him the change in the tack room we constructed at BR’s place. Putting in the insulation made it snug as a bug in the rug! Everyone kept hanging out in there.

There’s a lot of different options – blow in, bats and this stuff, Tekfoil Right now I don’t have a price out on it, but I am wondering about contacting an insulation co. and buying the ends of bats and stuff from a job in order for a lower price. Check out Craigslist for scraps of insulation from larger jobs.

6.) Vents. I’ll put in a couple since I won’t be doing windows. Although the windows are a nice decorative touch, I really want as much hanging wall space as I can manage.

7.) Electric. I want the unit wired for it, though getting it hooked up probably won’t happen for some time. I want a light switch, overhead lights, a place for positioning fans, and outlets for plugging in horse clippers etc…

8.) Roofing. Plywood with felt paper, along with some skylights (4?) and topped with Ondura roofing material. One way to do this cheaper would be to contact a roofer and buy their surplus left over from another job. I don’t want to go with metal as that will heat up the storage shed as we get a lot of sunshine where I live.

Be sure to look under Barn Design for a lot more ideas….

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