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Winner in the 1993 Stanley National Home and Workshop Writers Association writing contest

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Building your own barns and outbuildings offers many benefits, perhaps the most obvious being the money you can save. About half the costs of any building project is the labor, and, by doing it yourself, you can construct your building more economically, or even put up a larger building on the same budget.

But another important benefit of building it yourself is the satisfaction that comes from improving your own landscape and surroundings. A well-constructed barn, shed, or outbuilding can be a source of pride for many years -- and will also enhance the value of your property.

In How to Build Small Barns & Outbuildings, Monte Burch takes readers step by step through the fundamentals of general construction -- from planning and laying out a site to do-it-yourself instructions on framing, roofing, wiring, plumbing, and much more.

Over 20 projects offer complete plans and instructions for how to build a wide range of structures that are designed for adaptability and usefulness. Someof the projects featured in the book include:
-- All-Purpose Barns
-- Pole Barn
-- Horse Barn
-- Milk Barn
-- Equipment or Machine Shed
-- Sheep or Goat Shelter
-- Greenhouse/Woodshed
-- Garden Sheds
-- Workshop
-- Home Office
-- Add-On Garage
-- Two-Car Garage
-- Guest House
-- Roadside Stand
-- Chicken House
-- Insulated Dog House

Written especially for the do-it-yourself homeowner on a budget, How to Build Small Barns & Outbuildings helps take the mystery out of small-scale construction. The no-nonsense advice and wide applicability of the projects to both backyards and homesteads makes this book a valuable addition to the home builder's reference shelf.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 286 pages
  • Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC; Later Printing edition (January 7, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0882667734
  • ISBN-13: 978-0882667737
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.8 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,542 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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118 of 119 people found the following review helpful By Linda Williams on November 17, 2000
Format: Paperback
This is a great general building reference book. I pull it out whenever I'm starting something new or if I want a refresher. This book has helpful detailed information on all phases of building design and construction. This includes: 1. Foundation design layout and pouring for slabs, piers, & footings of all sorts; 2. Framing design & construction-- whether pole or platform framing, roof trusses or rafters; 3. Siding & roofing options, design & construction details for each; 4. Wiring details from power to the service panel to switches, lighting and outlets; 5.Plumbing from the well to the septic leach field.
It also has over 20 plans for various buildings ranging from pole barns and equipment sheds to guest houses, garages and studios. I have built several sheds from plans in this book and plan to build more.
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66 of 69 people found the following review helpful By phil farris on April 9, 2000
Format: Paperback
I was interested in learning how to build a outdoor storage/workshop building. This book gave me a great foundation. With it's acurate how to list, materials and dimensions, it give confidence to all do it yourselfers. I felt that the step by step from supplies to completion really proved invaluable. I would suggest this book to anyone interested in building their own buildings. I look forward to trying out the next design, a green house/garden shed. I feel this book should be apart of all libraries.
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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful By gary davenport on June 19, 2003
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I never built a building before, I did help build a deck.
I bought this book to build a small music studio (16'x24')
and it was easy to read. It had everything I needed in it to build the building and the project came out great. After reading this book you will think it is easy to build small buildings.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Wabi Sabi on August 24, 2005
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This book is written with simple jargon, clear illustrations and concise instructions. A great spring-board book for those new to construction.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Lonicera on December 31, 2005
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Clear writing, accompanied by excellent illustrations for all the steps. Everything is included: planning, foundation, material, tools, foundation, windows, wiring and finishing. If you're a newbie, you're not wasting your money by buying this.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By rogdan on July 26, 2011
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The author covers many areas of basic construction and gives cues for making the job easier and saving money. It is what I needed as I plan to build farm structures but why is there home plans included? The book does not give the detail necessary to attempt such structures. Speaking of the plans in the back of the book, my greatest peeve is that none of them include a materials lists.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Albert Bouchard on July 23, 2007
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Although all the details are there I don't think this is a beginner's book. There are a lot of terms and language that is not familiar to someone not in the construction industry. For a beginner I think there should have been more pictures and diagrams and maybe more explanation of the terms used. It's not unclear but I had to do some digging to understand everything.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jamie Fulsom on August 24, 2013
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Was hoping for better prints or plans to follow and lists of supplies needed to build, will make it work though.
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