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In 2009, we stepped up our goat infrastructure in a big way by building a proper barn in our goat pasture (previous to this we used Quonset-type huts like that seen here).

The basic concept was to build a barn that straddled our east and west goat pastures, which can be separated from each other by closing a gate. The central section of the barn is wide enough to store three round bales of hay side-by-side, and is as deep as it is wide. The main doorway was designed to be wide enough to roll a round bale through. The sides of the barn are enclosed shelters for the goats, one per pasture. Each shelter has a manger and a feed trough, both of which can be filled from the middle section, and is big enough to shelter about six goats.

Construction details can be found by clicking on the individual picures below.


Temporary supports for the roof ridge beam, and the roof ridge beam itself, ready to be raised into position.
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The roof ridge beam has been raised into position and secured with temporary supports.
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Detail: the roof ridge beam has been raised into position and secured with temporary supports.
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Side view: the roof ridge beam has been raised into position and secured with temporary supports.
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Rafters are birds-mouth-cut to seat on the headers of the outside wall (left foreground) and the inside wall (right) and also cut to fit the roof ridge beam (far right).
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Detail: rafters are birds-mouth-cut to seat on the headers of the outside wall.
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Front view: the first few rafters have been installed and secured to the roof ridge beam, and the temporary supports have been removed and replaced with a rake wall supporting the roof ridge beam and the outside rafters.  Note that the temporary supports at the back of the barn have not yet been replaced.
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View from outside of the barn: detail of the rake wall studs supporting the roof ridge beam.
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View from inside of the barn: detail of the rake wall studs supporting the roof ridge beam.
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Viewed from the east: The remainder of the rafters have been installed, as have the joists.  The front rake wall is rightmost in the picture.
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View from inside of the barn of the rake wall that supports the roof ridge beam and the outside rafter.
goatbarn_101109_i.jpg: 146 kb
Viewed from the north: the middle section of the barn is completely framed out; this part of the barn is for storage.  Outside walls of the side sections have not been framed yet, these two parts of the barn are for goat shelter and feeding.  All rafters and joists have been installed, as have both front and back rake walls.
goatbarn_101109_j.jpg: 199 kb


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