Do you have a location where we could see the different barns in person?
We also are not quite sure on exactly what options you offer. I mean if you wanted optional windows would the windows be included or would we need to buy them from a dealer on our own?
How hard is it to put together one of your barns? My husband and I were wondering if we could put it up ourselves.
Also is it possible to put a new barn on top of an old foundation?
It is the field stone kind that are kind of buried in half a hill. You walk in on one side to the lower stone barn and if you walk up the hill on the opposite side you would walk into the first wood floor of the barn.
That’s the best I can explain it but I am sure you know what kind I mean being in the barn business.
The old foundation as far as we can see without digging it out completely is perfectly sound with no cracks at all and has no chips in the top sill where the old wood top was removed. Putting a new barn on top of the old foundation would require one of your barns to have a plank floor and beams under the floor. Is that possible?
Which barn of yours do you recommend to replace a bank barn?
Any of our barn’s would work to replace a bank barn with slight modifications depending on the way the foundation is built.
We don’t offer windows in our barn kits because there are many great affordable windows out there. We looked into offering windows with our barn kits but we found we couldn’t save you money by offering them and it would take a lot of focus off our barn kits.
Building your barn is fairly simple. We make all the difficult calculations. All you need to do follow the plans. IT’s as simple as bolt the timber frame together, raise it and then cut your 2×6 girts, and 3×6 purlins and nail them in place. Then it’s just a matter of nailing on your roof sheathing, siding and roofing.
You will need a telehandler forklift to raise your bents in place, it is also helpful to have one of these on site to unload material and lift material to your workers on the barn.
It sounds like an old bank barn foundation that you have. It would be no problem to add the proper timbers and planking to your kit so that your barn may be built on the existing foundation.
Will your foundation support the weight?
I would assume that it can but I am not an engineer so I can’t answer that. We can obtain load data once we design your barn so that an engineer can determine that for you. I have seen a lot of this type of foundation in barns and they range in quality. It sounds like you have a good one.
I recommend having the foundation inspected by an engineer, familiar with your area and soil types.
You may need to pour concrete piers inside to support the interior posts. I would also recommend adding a concrete sill to the top of the stone, then you can attach your U bracket anchors to the concrete.