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the Homestead

Consider the following before you start to build your next outbuilding.
LEENE/SHUTTERSTOCK

Abarn is among the most important structures and largest investments on a homestead, so it’s essential to think through all the key features before building one. The perfect barn for each farm varies depending on the type of operation, livestock housed, location, size and personal preference. But the more you can identify just what you intend to do on your homestead, the better you can plan the structure to accommodate all your needs.

“Building a homestead barn is an exciting project, but it can become a nightmare if you don’t do proper planning,” says Emily McCafferty, author of The Owner-Builder Home Planner (https://accidentalhippies.com/owner-builder-home-planner/). “Take time to really research any requirements you may face on your property. And as with any building project, go above and beyond in your material and labor estimates. You’ll have a more enjoyable project if you budget a generous overage for both your money and time to build.”

In addition to time and money, important aspects to consider include the location, barn type, size, flooring material, livestock accommodations, feed storage, manure handling, electricity and water.

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