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spin off: show me your outbuilding conversion to barn thread

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  • spin off: show me your outbuilding conversion to barn thread

    Ok...I read every 'barn' thread I can, and really enjoy them! But, most of the 'show me your barns' are absolutely gorgeous, from the ground up, perfect and drool over barns. Here I sit, with a tin outbuilding that was once a boatshed, being converted into a 2 stall barn...Gosh, I'd love to see some pix of everyone's 'not the Ritz, but hey we did good' kinda barns!
    "Indecision may or may not be my problem"
    --Jimmy Buffett

  • #2
    Like ours, added to an old Quonset building:




    • Original Poster

      Bluey...that is WAY more than I'm attempting! That looks sooo nice for them, and open and airy with that roof height. I bet you love it!
      Ours will be the low, original ceiling/roof of the outbuilding, so it will be less than perfect in height. I'm already thinking of naming the barn 'Tin Lizzy' (hehehe)
      "Indecision may or may not be my problem"
      --Jimmy Buffett


      • #4
        If we were where it really gets cold or more moisture than we get here, we would have enclosed that South side also.
        Here, we need heat protection more than we need any other, most of the year.
        To attach to a round sided barn was some kind of engineering feat, but we managed it fine, it has been there now some years and thru some fierce winds and even a small tornado, that tore some other structures and, most important, we don't have leaks.

        We made our own portable stalls, but you can buy some very reasonably priced from places like Chinook, Priefert, Behlen and such.
        The advantage of portable stall sides is that you can add or take some off, make them fit most anywhere and take with you or resell if and when you don't need them any more.
        If you want to ever resell, the next buyer can see the open space for other uses than a horse barn, like a shop or garage for fancy cars.

        Pictures and dimensions of your space, ideas of use, number of horses, if you need other than a door, like openings to outside pens, all that would help those with pictures to post to show you.


        • Original Poster

          Thanks, Bluey...Yeah, I know...not nice to ask others for photos when I'm too dumb to post my own! Really, the 'space' and the layout design for it is pretty 'set'. but I do enjoy seeing pix and hearing others examples because there's always something to learn from the ones who have already 'converted' a building, and the trial and error path. (Oh, and while I couldn't afford the 'portable' stalls I DID insist the 'center wall' channel be put in with screws, so I can remove it should I ever want the 2 small stalls made into one, or if I need to remove it (and the fronts) and use the building in any other way.)
          But any (!) insights in conversion of existing buildings that were not barns before /and or 'small' barn designs/pix/things that worked well, etc would be great!
          "Indecision may or may not be my problem"
          --Jimmy Buffett


          • #6
            Marking so I can post pictures of our pole barn conversion for you from the other computer.
            "You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars;
            you have a right to be here." ~ Desiderata by Max Ehrmann


            • #7
              HAve posted this on other threads but once again here is our barn, shell is a "carport type" structure by carolina carports, can get them in any length and several options for width as well as other layouts:



              • #8
                I have got to remember to take pics today. My barn was the original commissary for the farm and is 180 years old. We converted it in '95 to a 6 stall barn, keeping the frame original. I have some before pics at the farm I can scan too. Just have to remind myself to do it!
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