Barn Plans FAQs .
FAQs regarding plans purchased from Better Barns Hardware & Plans
As much as we love barns, our Better Barns Hardware and Plans office staff are not truly experienced in the more complex types of barn construction questions you might have. We suggest you check these FAQ pages and consult with a local carpenter or contractor with your construction questions.
FAQs regarding plans available though Better Barns Hardware and Plans LLC:
2. Our plans are drawings and dimensions with a "Materials List" to help you shop for your project. We recommend the plywood sided plans for a beginner with some construction experience. The all cedar plans are more difficult and the English Potting Shed is beyond the expertise of the average homeowner.
3. If you are in the New England area most lumber yards can order the barn sash windows that we refer to in our plans. If you are unable to find this barn sash, you might consider buying a different window before you build in case the window opening has to be adjusted. Or you can purchase this Yellow Pine barn sash from us.
4. For info about good quality nails try www.mazenails.com. For cedar siding and trim we use Maze 2 1/2" 8D split less siding nails which are zinc coated. When nailing pressure treated floor framing use galvanized Maze PTL anchor down nails. For pressure treated lumber use 3 1/2" 16-D. For roofing shingles use 1 1/4" galvanized roofing nails. For T-111 siding and 1/2" roof plywood use 2" galvanized box nails. For 3/4" plywood floor use 2 1/2" 8-D galvanized common nails. We use 3" Deck Mate square drive screws for framing, assembling wall sections, and for fastening trusses to the top wall plate.
5. DF stands for Douglas Fir lumber. We prefer DF kiln dried studs, but you can use any 2 x 4s.
6. We use 2" galvanized box nails to secure the plywood T-111 to wall framing.
7. We use maze galvanized split-less siding nails for cedar.
8. Except for use with the Wood storage addition #2022, we do not recommend a concrete slab or feel it is necessary. If you do pour a slab be sure to make the outside dimensions 1" smaller than our floor base dimensions. Be sure to check the outside diagonal measurements carefully! You cannot correct once the slab is poured.
9. The base is purposely 4" shorter than the building length, so that when you get to the roof plywood everything works out and there is no waste.
10. Distance to peak on the colonial barn plans is 12' 3" on all 10 x plans and 13' 1" on all 12 x plans. Inside from floor to top plate on a 12 x 16 barn is 82-1/4". The siding length is 91".
11. We use four ground anchors when they are called for by Connecticut Building Code. Your state code may vary.
12. How long would it take a customer and one experienced man to build a 10x16 plywood sided barn? Probably about a week.
13. Can I switch from trusses to roof rafters? It is suggested that you follow the plan.
14. The framing is different on the cedar plan and the rough sawn plywood T-111 plan.
15. If you plan to side with vinyl or HardiPlank — use a plywood style plan. Instead of using the high end plywood use 1/2" CDX plywood for siding.
16. You can usually get perforated soffit locally through a large hardware or roofing material store. We use "musket brown" and cut it down the center along the "V" crimp. We buy Alcoa, but if you cannot find what you want look elsewhere. It is available.
17. We now have a video which shows the building of one of our barns. We also have a book Building a Shed you can purchase through us or at a local bookstore, Home Depot or Lowes. It is very helpful. Danny Lipford of Today's Homeowner produced a half hour show featuring the construction of one of our 12x16 barns, a video was made and it is available through www.dannylipford.com
18. Which plan is the one on the cover of the book Building a Shed? It is plan #2015, a 10x16 all cedar colonial.
20. We finished the barn #2009 and #2022 with Benjamin Moore's paint color Cottage Red. See www.benjaminmoore.com for locations and info.
21. We finished the barn #2020 with a Cabot semitransparent Allagash stain. Check www.cabotstain.com for more information and store locations.
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We hope to offer our cupola as a shippable product. Information and photos will be up on our website soon.