Written By Chris
A while back my two daughters started asking about goats. They wanted to keep and raise goats. They wanted kids also. We had no real place to put them. We have a couple of small barns to keep beekeeping and gardening supplies, but nothing large enough for animals. At about the same time, Nelle started talking about keeping chickens. She likes fresh eggs. We started looking at chicken houses and talking about where we could put one. I started thinking about how I could build one and what it would look like. At the same time, I saw and bought a reprint of a barn design book called Barns and Outbuildings: And How to Construct Them, written in 1881 at the used book store. This sparked the idea of building our own timber frame barn.
Because we want the timber frame barn to look like it is 150 years old, the modern foundation only barely extends above the level of the ground. I ordered 5 tons of sandstone to complete the foundation wall a foot about the ground. The wall needs to be tall enough to prevent water or insects from easily reaching the wood and causing damage. There will be a front and rear door to the barn. The main door on the front of the timber frame barn will be 6 feet wide to accommodate anything we might want to store. The back door will be 3 feet wide in order to install a standard width door even though we will scratch build the door to keep with the theme. I place stones on either side of the doors and allowed and additional 3 inches for standard framing.