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Barns, Sheds & Outbuildings

An extraordinary mass and variety of know-how has gone into the planning of these simple buildings ... real, practical understanding not only of materials and construction but also of farming and farm economics, weather, geography, history and especially of the animals of the farm.  Excerpted from Barns, Sheds & Outbuildings (c)1995. Reprinted by permission, all rights reserved

Barns and Backbuildings: Designs for Barns, Carriage Houses, Stables, Garages & Sheds with Sources for Building Plans, Books, Timber Frames, Kits, Hardware, Cupolas & Weather Vanes Barns and Backbuildings:
Designs for Barns, Carriage Houses, Stables, Garages & Sheds with Sources for Building Plans, Books, Timber Frames, Kits, Hardware, Cupolas & Weather Vanes

by Donald Berg
Paperback (1998)

A complete guide to great backyard buildings with ninety four designs of barns, stables, garages, sheds and garden structures; plans that you can purchase directly from their designers; a directory of hard-to-find building products, guide books, kits, timber frames and prefab buildings; and good advice on site planning and construction.

Here's a misnamed book. It's not really about building a barn; instead, it's How to Build a House 101. The differences between building a barn as Wagner describes it and building a house aren't all that great. A wise reader will pick up on this, and someone with a yen to build their own abode could easily use the book as a primer. On a more modest note, you could probably substitute garage or storage shed for barn in the title and still have an excellent book.  From Booklist, 1994

Twenty budget conscious projects for the do-it-yourselfer, with complete plans and step-by-step instructions. Projects include four types of barns: all-purpose, pole, horse, and milk; plus plans for garages, equipment sheds, greenhouses, workshops, home offices, guest houses, and more.  The publisher, 1998

Hundreds of projects including multi-purpose barns, garages, studios, woodsheds, carports, toolsheds, poultry housing, rabbit housing, fencing and more.

Although it dates from a time before power tools, electricity, and gasoline, this book abounds in simple ideas that rural householders and farmers find useful today. Barns, poultry houses, piggeries, corn cribs, ice houses, spring houses, granaries, smoke houses, root cellars and even kennels and birdhouses are includes in this fascinating compendium from days gone by.

Of all the pole building books I have seen, this is the best. Seddon covers the logic of pole building and then gives straightforward instruction on how to do it, with lots of clear drawings and photographs. Included are design, materials, calculating loads, foundations, framing and jointry, roofing and siding, windows and doors, building plans, and an appendix that shows how to calculate sun angles, snow loads, compares insulations, gives recommended nailing schedules, and several other useful items. Plans include a lake house, hillside house, cabin, garage, horse stable, and lean-to animal shelter. If you have never built anything before, it is likely that you will be able to build any or all of these with no more instruction than this book, plus plumbing and electrical help. Reviewer: Gene GeRue, author, How To Find Your Ideal Country Home