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Building A Barn – Rural America is attracting young professionals who are moving from urban areas to small towns to improve their quality of life.
Cell phone and decent Internet makes it easy to work anywhere across America.
Less pollution and stress plus healthier way of life are driving urban folks to relocate to the rural areas.
On top of the chance to reconnect with nature, it also offers opportunities to raise animals that provide a source of income, food and companionship.
If you’re planning to construct a rural home and raise livestock on your property, here are factors that you should consider before building a barn or shed.
Why Build a Barn
Working closely with a home builder will ensure that the vision of your rural property is realized.
They will thoughtfully plan your project and consider everything that is important to you.
From designing detailed floor plans to proposing the best materials, home builders will carefully guide you throughout the construction process.
Thus, before deciding where to put a barn on your property, identify the types of livestock that you are going to keep.
Horses, chickens, goats, cows and/or pigs?
The kind of animals that will live in your barn will define how it is going to be built.
An average-sized horse will be comfortable in a 10×12 stall..
Smaller animals such as Pygmy Goats, pigs or chickens will need pens with a roof.
A storage room for equipment is also useful, as is a place to store feeds and food for your animals.
Location of the Barn
An area that is well-ventilated will make a comfortable shelter for animals.
If you have a large property, the barn location should not be too far from your home so that it is easy to go there anytime to clean, feed or check on your livestock, especially during bad weather.
However, each town has different rules when it comes to the distance between where animals are being kept and cared for and your home.
So it is best to consult local building codes and ordinances.
Moreover, pay attention to prevailing winds to avoid getting the odors from the barn.
Another advantage of locating the barn close to your home is the ease of bringing electricity and running water from the house to the shed or barn.
Having lights for surveillance and security, as well as water for feeding and cleaning the area for hygiene and sanitation purposes, are vital amenities in your barn.
Often overlooked is drainage which you will need to consider when choosing a site for your livestock barn.
It is important because you will have to work on the existing drainage to avoid flooding and for the proper runoff of excess and waste water.
Otherwise, you have a muddy site that is filthy and not healthy for you, your family and livestock.
You are going to risk both human and animal health if you don’t have proper drainage.
You might need to dig some ditches to properly manage the runoff, which in turn will impact the area around your property and even the roads.Thus, pre-planning the grading, erosion and drainage before establishing a location and building a barn.
From cleaner air to rediscovering nature, living in rural areas has several benefits.
By integrating an appropriate and well-situated barn or animal shed in a rural home build, you can enhance your experience by raising animals in a suitable environment.