Barns and Outbuildings: Plan With the Future in Mind

Plan your barns and outbuildings with the future in mind, says this long-time farmer, whose "small" operation has outgrown several barns and sheds — and isn’t done yet.

| November/December 2006

  • refurbished pole barn
    A refurbished pole barn looks nice enough to call home.
    PHOTO: OSCAR H. WILL III
  • Morton building
    A pre-engineered building can save on the price of your building, and can look as traditional as can be.
    COURTESY MORTON BUILDINGS, INC.
  • Concord Barn
    Larry Palanuk built this stylin' Concord barn from designs found on Homestead Design's Web site, www.HomesteadDesign.com
    LARRY PALANUK
  • Morton outbuilding
    Consider your most practical needs when planning your out-buildings. Easy access in all kinds of weather is high on the list.
    COURTESY MORTON BUILDINGS, INC.
  • simple building
    Even the simplest of buildings, nicely maintained, can be both serviceable and attractive.
    GRIT MAGAZINE STAFF
  • hoop-style structure
    Working on a hoop-style structure.
    GEORGE DEVAULT
  • Pilchuck Barn
    Pilchuck Barn constructed by Joel Hawthorne.
    JOEL HAWTHORNE
  • Wick Building
    Wick Building design.
    COURTESY WICK BUILDINGS

  • refurbished pole barn
  • Morton building
  • Concord Barn
  • Morton outbuilding
  • simple building
  • hoop-style structure
  • Pilchuck Barn
  • Wick Building

Learn how to plan your barns and outbuildings with future growth in mind. 

"It's not big enough!" was the first thing my dad said when I told him I was building a new equipment shed.

"But you don't even know what size it is," I protested.

"Doesn't matter. It's not big enough!"



Dad was right. No matter what we've bought or built for storage on our little farm in southeastern Pennsylvania over the past 22 years, it's never quite big enough. That happens sooner, rather than later, since there is an endless and ever-growing list of stuff to get under cover and protect from the elements. Storage is an age-old problem down on the farm.

"It will not always be summer: Build barns," Hesiod, the ancient Greek poet, admonished in his Works and Days nearly 3,000 years ago.

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5/15/2018 9:35:22 PM

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