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How to Build Small Barns & Outbuildings

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By Monte Burch
Storey Publishing, 1992
Soft cover, 8.5" x 11", 280 pages

Building your own barns and outbuildings offer many benefits, perhaps the most obvious being the money you can save. About half the cost of any building project is the labor and, by doing it yourself, you can construct your building more economically, or even put up a larger building on the same budget.

But another important benefit of building it yourself is the satisfaction that comes from improving your own landscape and surroundings. A well-constructed barn, shed, or outbuilding can be a source of pride for many years--and will also enhance the value of your property.

In How to Build Small Barns & Outbuildings, Monte Burch takes readers step by step through the fundamentals of general construction,--from information on planning and laying out a site to do-it-yourself instructions on framing, roofing, wiring, plumbing, and much more.

More than 20 projects offer complete plans and instructions for how to build a wide range of structures designed for adaptability and usefulness. Some of the projects featured include:
  • All-purpose barns
  • Pole barn
  • Horse barn
  • Milk barn
  • Equipment or machine shed
  • Sheep or goat shelter
  • Greenhouse/woodshed
  • Garden sheds
  • Workshop
  • Home office
  • Add-on garage
  • Two-car garage
  • Guest house
  • Roadside stand
  • Chicken house
  • Insulated dog house
Written specifically for the do-it-yourself homeowner on a budget, How to Build Small Barns & Outbuildings helps take the mystery out of small-scale construction. The no-nonsense advice and wide applicability of the projects to both backyards and homesteads makes this book a valuable addition to the home builder's reference shelf.

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