Barns: A Southern Tradition

Here in the south we’ve been known to ask people if they were raised in barns. Today, barns can be built so well and with such quality that some of us probably wish we were, in fact, raised in one. Of course, the key to building a quality barn is hiring a quality contractor to bring your project to life. Here are some things to consider when setting out to build the perfect barn.

 

Many Options to Choose From

Will your barn have horse stalls? Is there a need for feed? What about ventilation? What equipment will your barn need to house? These are just some of the questions that you’ll need to know the answers to before starting your barn building project. The best way to reach an informed decision is to discuss your ideal barn with a licensed contractor. A contractor can help you decide what’s feasible, what’s necessary, and what you can afford. In addition to the questions above, your licensed and insured contractor can help you answer questions like:

  • What type of flooring is best for my needs?
  • Should I build an interior column type or clear span type barn?
  • Is a wash stall necessary?
  • Where will the tack room go?
  • How do I get natural light to illuminate the barn?
  • How do I plan for water, hay, and food storage?
  • How big does my barn need to be to meet my needs?
  • And more

 

Navigating Code

Every town, city, and county can have different regulations for building barns. Some areas are more agriculturally-friendly while others may have hoops to jump through that you never even considered. People who go it alone have to go to every town, city, or county department to find out what requirements and by-laws apply to them. What’s more, if you miss a piece of information, the fault lies with you when it comes to code. Fortunately, there’s an easier way. Working with a licensed and insured contractor will take the stress off your shoulders. Professional contactors know the ropes and can easily sort through legal issues such as:

  • How much space does there need to be between your building and property line?
  • If you have horses, how much land and barn space is required per horse?
  • Which departments need to be involved with the building and permit process?
  • And more

 

The Bottom Line

Barns are a part of our southern heritage. With all the land, beauty, and wildlife that surrounds us, building a barn can be the best thing you do for your property. The key is to make sure you’re getting a quality build and following all local regulations. Allied Construction Services are experts at building barns and can help you realize your barn’s potential. If you have questions or concerns about building or renovating a barn, contact Mike at Allied Construction Services in Montgomery, Alabama by calling 334-281-3001. You can also email Mike here.