Our summer project (which is now extending into Autumn)

The things we do that keep us from being with our Patrol.

Postby moore_rb » Sun Nov 08, 2020 10:57 am

When we bought this house and property 8 years ago, it came with a 24x40 utility shed/barn on it, which we converted into a stable for the girl's horses...

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Fast forward to 2020. I needed something to keep me from going stir-crazy during all this COVID drama/BS, so I started planning a new workshop for my car projects. Nothing fancy, just a pre-fab steel building, but as I started planning the project it became vary clear (very early) that more than 60% of the total cost of the project ends up at ground level. Footings, concrete slabs, extra inspections, the $$$$$$$$ was adding up like crazy.

So one day while I was out there with my measuring tape and my stakes and string, I glanced over at that old tin barn, and realized I was doing this ALL WRONG - That old building ALREADY sat on a concrete foundation (in fact, we had to spend a ton on thick rubber mats to protect the horses hooves from the concrete). and that got me thinking: Why not just set up a new barn for the animals, and convert the old building into my workshop? Every one of the pre-fab steel building companies I looked into offered a "direct to ground" anchoring system, and the more I thought about it, the more sense it made... Except for one thing. I only get to be 50% of the decision making process around here, and the other half is impaired by her COMPLETE lack of ability to pre-visualize ANYTHING.

So, I shifted gears, and started drawing plot plans, and using the steel companies' design tools to draw up some more "barn looking" structures... When I was ready, I took my drawings, and my yellow pad full of notes, and went to work on my sales pitch.

It took a couple more weeks, and about 72,000 more design revisions on the building company's website (our sales rep deserves a medal) but finally, we had a plan for a 3-wall structure that would serve the primary purpose.

8 weeks later, they arrived to throw up the primary structure. In the meantime, I had 70 tons of fill to spread and compact to set the grade. My little tractor got a workout.

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These guys were AMAZING- it was 110F+ every day they were out there, but a crew of 4 had this building up, anchored, and trimmed out in 4 days. They REALLY deserve a medal.

They anchor these buildings to the ground with these huge corkscrew anchors that screw into the ground about 4 feet (they used 36 of them on this project) - pretty cool, and from a building permit standpoint, this is still considered a portable, non permanent structure- resulting in an easier (cheaper) permit process, to boot.

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Once the primary structure was up, the project was half over- Now it was my turn to build out horse stalls, do the electrical sub panel and run for the lights, and run a water line for a hose barb.

Another 4 weeks later, here's where we are... The animals are all moved over, and she has runs set up for all her fancy pure breed chickens

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And the old building is abandoned.. Ready to be gutted, cleaned up (it's gonna take me 2 days with the pressure washer, easily) and walled back in. Hopefully, now that cooler weather is here, I will be able to grind on this project through the winter, and be ready to start moving in tools and junk by next spring...

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Postby plateaucal » Sun Nov 08, 2020 11:20 am

What a beautiful spread! Can we have our next Patrol convention there?
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Postby jwgreen » Sun Nov 08, 2020 11:42 am

Looking good Rob!! Great way to maximize what you already have in place to save $$$$. I'm actively looking for property to move to and build a barndo!!!!
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Postby RiverPatrol » Sun Nov 08, 2020 12:46 pm

Congratulations. That will be a great work space for you when it's done.
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Postby L60Boerne » Sun Nov 08, 2020 3:14 pm

May I start calling you Noah? ;)
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Postby moore_rb » Wed Nov 11, 2020 9:17 am

L60Boerne wrote:May I start calling you Noah? ;)
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Well, All it would take to set this new building afloat are some pontoons.. and God knows we already have the "2 of every species" requirement just about covered. :whistle:

I caught my daughters online the other day, looking at Alpacas. Before they could even ask, I said "Only if you can prove that they are delicious" 8-)
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Postby jwgreen » Wed Nov 11, 2020 10:49 pm

"Only if you can prove that they are delicious"


:laughing-rolling: :laughing-rolling:

Sounds like something I'd say to my wife when she asks if we can get a {fill in the blank}
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