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What would it cost to build a barn?
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jmp    Posted 07-24-2002 at 16:32:24       [Reply]  [Send Email]
How much would it cost to build a big red old fashioned type barn with the big wood beams and all that? Just a ballpark figure might make people appreicate barns all that much more. say a 30x70 ft barn,hay lofts,etc


dominique    Posted 03-30-2009 at 04:09:39       [Reply]  [Send Email]
How much would it cost to buil a barn and how long because I have two horses coming in one month so I need a barn fast!


Chuck, WA    Posted 07-25-2002 at 06:35:35       [Reply]  [No Email]

Mine's a pole building and smaller - 24x36 is about 40% of the square footage of yours, so even just scaling, your's would cost 2-1/2 times as much. Mine also will have a 12x36 open, roofed shed on one side. I posted a picture back on June 2 named something like Barn on Memorial Day or something like that. You can see it in the photo gallery in the framing stage if my link here doesn't work.

Framing is done and ready for insulation and metal. It's coming very slow since we are doing all of the work ourselves on evenings and weekends with the help of a few wonderful friends.

Relative to costs, if I was having it all done by a builder, it would come in at around $25k to $30k. Since I bought the bill of materials from the builder and used his designer's plans and contracted the excavation, but am doing all of the rest myself, I'm expecting to get in at around $13k to $15k - about half. That doesn't include the loft since we allowed for it, but don't plan to put it in just yet. We also rented some equipment at the builder's costs and that's included in my cost.

Scaling just on square footage, yours would scale to around $75k by a builder, and $35k to $40k if you do it yourself. But, as pointed out by others who probably have a better feel than I do, a traditional construction barn of the same size is undoubtedly going to cost a lot more. I suspect that the $150k to $200k might be a pretty good guess with this much information.



shmoe    Posted 10-29-2008 at 17:01:58       [Reply]  [Send Email]
tell me you shmoe! i need to know!
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joe mullins    Posted 02-09-2003 at 15:48:26       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I would like to get a ball park price on the material for a barn 40x60 with a loft above it with as much square footage in the loft as I can possibly get, to build a living space if I wanted to .


bobby joe    Posted 10-29-2008 at 17:00:19       [Reply]  [Send Email]

i hassa know


Hogman    Posted 07-24-2002 at 23:28:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
Do You have any Amish Folks close by. I believe They would come about as close as any to both do the work (knowledge) and know what it should cost to do.


Willy-N    Posted 07-24-2002 at 23:00:09       [Reply]  [No Email]

This one is a pole barn and metal siding. 48 X 60 and cost 30,000.00 to build. So yours will cost more than that to build if made of wood. I also got a good deal and did some of the work myself. Mark H.


Spence    Posted 07-24-2002 at 20:59:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
You have one kean sense of timing! But I'm more into kitchen table and freezer hobby farming than full scale.

I'm doing that right now. I'm drawing out the plans for a 16 X 20 barn. It'll have 2 cow w/stanchions and 2 pig stalls, 1 for farrowing and the other for fattening. They will lead to an ouside pen for the pigs that will be 30 X 30. The cows will have there own double door to pasture.

It's going to be dutch style (gambrel) so I can store hay bales I can drop from above into the mangers. Also to store grain in barrels.

It's a pole frame of 8 treated, 6X6X20 w/4ft below frost level and the posts sitting on an 18inX9in poured pad. There will be 4 of these to a side.

The cost of this with 7/16in 4X8 chip board for siding and roofing, asphalt shingles, (windows I got already free), 2X4 roofing trusses made by myself and 2X6X16 beams is around 950$
not including taxes.



Steve L in IN    Posted 07-26-2002 at 05:24:50       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Spence, I admire your ability to build the barn. I would have to help someone else who knew what he was doing! I can only imagine the sense of accomplishment one would feel. Where did you pick up these skills?


Spence    Posted 07-26-2002 at 12:18:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
It's all in the planning. Just draw it to scale
and see how it looks. Go down to the lumber dealer
with a measuring tape and see the actual size of
timbers and planks. Check out the different siding materials and see how they fit togeather. Do-it-yourself books help in the final details to see if your goin the right way.

Building animal housing is a good start as any goof ups don't upset the critters and if things are a little off kilter it don't matter much.

I've built 3 of the same type gambrel barns
in the city for garages and sheds all different sizes but nothing over 20 X 24.


DG    Posted 07-25-2002 at 06:13:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
No offense intended but aint that an awful small barn (16x20). How's that chipboard gonna hold up to the elements, using it for siding, or are you gonna shingle the sides too? Seems like you'd have to paint it about once a week if you don't shingle it. If you do, wouldn't ya come out cheaper just to use tin instead of boards and shingles. Anyway it's your barn right. Hope it goes well for ya.


Spence    Posted 07-25-2002 at 10:59:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
Your right, I only need a small one for my own
freezer animals, nothing for sale. I only have 5acres and the house and garage and hen house sits on one. I was a bit surprised really. Everyone said it would cost me over 3000 to build, but when I put it down on paper it only came up to 950.

The chip board is a poor choice I know. But I figured sealed and painted I should get by with painting every 4 years or so. I may not have a choice in siding anyway, the inpectors may say I need another type which will throw a wrench in my budget plans.


um...    Posted 07-24-2002 at 18:19:20       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Good question but...You are kidding, right?

Post & Beam all depends on...

Are there old barns in your area that are ready to be torn down and recycled for cheap...

Do you have an Inlaw with the tools and the knowledge to use them...

Do you know your adz from your elbow...

Do you have more money than brains and are willing to pay a contractor to do it from scratch...

Guess my point is that there is no way to give you a realistic price the way that you stated the question.

If I had access to old barns for cheap...had the tools and the knowledge...enough new materials to finish...Enough of my own and friends free labor...I would be in the neighborhood of $25,000 I estimate...maybe less...maybe more...

If I were to pay an architect, contractor and jobbers in my area...I would be looking at $150,000 plus easy...probably closer to $200,000...If not more...

Objects In Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear

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