Barn Guestbook Archive: October - December 1998

Doug Vogel email me! - Friday, October 09, 1998 03:25:37 PM
I am building a large turn of the century style barn (66Ft.wide x 40Ft.deep x 38Ft.high) . I am, using rough cut lumber and large power poles. Yes a pole barn. It will have a full hay loft that you can drive into with a balewagon to unload from the hay field above and behind the barn. My question is what size timbers should I use as supports under the loft floor? I plan to use 10 to 12 inch poles 10 ft. on center. Full 2x8 roughcut floor planks. The loft will measure 34ft. by 40ft. The beams will run front to back ,Im thinking 4 beams of ,maybe 6x8 or 6x10 pine. Any ideas?

Jessamyn West email me! - Monday, October 26, 1998 03:07:09 AM
I recently purchased an old barn [~100 years?] and a new house in central Vermont, take a look. It has a solid foundation and new roof but really needs clapboarding and a bit of internal work to make sure it stays standing for another 100. I'm looking for contractors in Vermont who work on barns. Thanks.

Dale Mills email me! - Wednesday, November 11, 1998 03:51:32 PM
What a great website!! It is good to know that there are many good people out there that have the same interest in BARNS that I have. Barns and photography have always been a passion of mine, and I have a 1940's dairy barn on my place. I also built a octagon barn using lumber from another destroyed barn. The octagon is built on a pad of cement that was origionally a steel grain bin. I also converted a former 500 hen laying house into a Bed and Breakfast that is decorated entirely in a barn motif. I live in north central Iowa. Keep Barns Alive!!!

Terry email me! - Monday, November 23, 1998 10:08:49 PM
Good Website!! I'am a Photographer of Farmland & Barns in New York State on Long Island's East End.

Arik Lee email me! - Wednesday, November 25, 1998 04:43:31 PM
I am part of a group that would like to move a Round Barn from out in the middle of the county and restore in in Rochester and make it into a clubhouse for the city golf course. Our community has 8 Round Barns and this is the oldest being built in 1908. Any suggestions on how to raise money? The barn is no longer being taken care of and could fall as many of the older round barns in our community already have. We have went from 25 Round Barns in 1971 to just 8 currently. Any ideas?

Ron email me! - Sunday, November 29, 1998 07:58:39 PM
I am beginning, tommorrow, to repair an eighty year old barn that has a saggy roof. I intend to raise the ridge using jacks and pull the inner side walls in using a series of ropes with hitches. It's a big barn. Has any one ever done anything like this or have any other ideas?

Rose M. Putnam, President email me! - Monday, November 30, 1998 05:04:41 AM
Please read about the Thumb Octagan Barn under Round Barns. We understand that other octagon barns may have been built using the plans of the Gagetown Octagon Barn and we are trying to locate them. Even if the barns no longer exist, the information would be useful for our organization. Thanks. Please respond to me at Box 145, Gagetown, MI 48735

Julie email me! - Saturday, December 05, 1998 01:49:48 PM
We moved an old barn onto our property almost 2 years ago. The owner of the barn couldn't use it for their farming needs and told me I could have it if I could move it. What an awesome site it was to see a 60' x 60' barn being pulled by a John Deere tractor. Luckily we only had to move it 1 mile across open fields and then across the road, through our neighbors properties and finally onto our land. We placed it on a foundation stem wall and are finally beginning the remmodel into a shop for our business (we manufacture interior accents, i.e. bedding, window treatments, etc.) Would like any ideas on adding partial floors so we can take advantage of the vertical space but not loose the wonderful clearstory. Also, we're replacing the exterior lap siding. Anyone looking for old barn siding? Ours was painted a creamy white color. Of course we could use information on moneys available for preserving the barn. We also have a pair of barn owls in residence. Would like to incorporate some type of nesting area for them into our remodeling plans. P.S. anyone interested in Owl pellets? Thanks

renee and dana email me! - Tuesday, December 15, 1998 08:29:45 PM
we are about to restore a 30X40 dutch style barn; moving it to the shores of lake ontario and renovating it as a magical summer home. we welcome your learnings, thoughts, wisdom, cautions, recommended resources, etc. thanks!

Robert Stine email me! - Tuesday, December 22, 1998 07:39:36 AM
Recently my wife and myself went on a short jaunt from Western NC to central Ohio, we drove north on I-75 through Kentucky. My question is we saw quite a number of large barns painted flat black with red roofs in , could someone who knows the why the unique colors explain.

KIM HOERRMANN email me! - Tuesday, December 29, 1998 07:03:18 PM
My husband and I are renovating a 40x40 gambrel roof barn into a home. It has 3 stories and a partial basement. It is located in the heart of Missouri’s largest Amish community. We are leaving all beams and supports exposed and in their original condition. I would love to hear from others who have done a similar project. We love to give tours even in the unfinished state. If you are going to be in north-Missouri area e-mail for directions and then stop in.

A. Forrest email me! - Wednesday, December 30, 1998 02:28:58 PM
MAIL POUCH I am trying to find out if anyone paints MAIL POUCH barns anymore. I have a name M. A. Zimmerman. This man painted a barn in central Ohio within the last 10 years. If you have any information please e-mail me.


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