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Barns, Sheds and Outbuildings: Plan, Design, Build (English and English Edition) Paperback – April 1, 2005

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This is a serious how-to book for the weekend do-it-yourself home owner wanting to build a garden shed, or the farmer wanting to build a barn, or the urban rehabber wanting to convert a barn into an alternative residence. Wagner and DeKorne start with the basics for planning the project--building the foundation, framing, assessing environmental needs, wiring, plumbing--through finishing the building. However, for those with more conceptual ideas than hands-on skills, this book offers a detailed section on outbuilding designs, plus numerous detailed layouts and color photographs of buildings in various phases of construction. The illustrations, coupled with commentary, provide basic information that anyone wanting to secure the skills of a contractor should know. For do-it-yourselfers and those who hire others to do the work, this book provides the basic information to help both parties realize their desires within code and within their aesthetic and budgetary needs. Vernon Ford
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Book Description

Written with the do-it-yourselfer in mind, Barns, Sheds & Outbuildings gives readers the information they need to plan, build, and finish a utility building. This revised and expanded edition presents a variety of buildings, from the simplest garden shed to a huge gambrel dairy barn, to even a backyard artist's studio. Part One begins with design and planning information to help potential builders locate their building, decide on its design, and decode architectural plans and building codes. Individual chapters detail the basics: building foundations, framing walls and roofs, closing in the framing-which includes all types of roofing and siding-and window installation. Other chapters cover the basic wiring and plumbing needs of barns, as well as options for interior and exterior finish work. Part Two presents 12 design concepts with photographs and detail views of various buildings that readers can build.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Creative Homeowner; Second edition (April 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580112366
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580112369
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.5 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,041,298 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book comprehensively covers all aspects of building a barn, shed or outbuilding yourself; it would also help someone who was planning on having one built for them. It covers everything from top to bottom and inside and out: siting, foundation, framing, roofing, weatherproofing, finishing, electrical and plumbing. It is easy to read and the illustrations are instructive, not merely decoration. Since many of the techniques are used in homebuilding, the book would be of interest to home owners as well.
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this is a good book for learning how to build from a small shed on your property to a barn. gives you all the information and materials.
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Co-authors John D. Wagner and Clayton DeKorne's Barns, Sheds And Outbuildings: Plan, Design, Build provides everything to know bout adding a new barn, shed or garage to a property. Over 800 photos and illustrations aid in the process, from choosing an appropriate design for needs and placement to step-by-step photos of the actual construction process. Competing titles focus on options more than construction techniques and tips.
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A good book on basic info plumbing and electrical and structure but very little on plans
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By Leather1905 on February 22, 2008
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Nicley done, introductory how-to book for those wanting to undertake a barn project themselves. It does not give adequate guidance for sizing your project to meet varying needs. Therefore, you really have to have done your own field investigations to understand what size(s) different functions require, what heights and depths make sense for different equipment, animals, sports uses, etc. Useful, but not as comprehensive in the planning process as it could have been.
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This book provides a thorough review of the building techniques that go into constructing a variety of outbuildings, with clear illustrations and very good detail. Following presentation of the techniques, it provides plans for a number of buildings. As a homeowner with intermediate skills, I found this book extremely useful, and I'm looking forward to putting my new skills to work on my new shed.
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