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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.

Viewed from the northwest: 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.
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Viewed from the west: lookouts have been installed between the outermost sets of rafters.
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Viewed from the northeast: roofing supports have been installed across the tops of the rafters, coinciding with the existing lookouts.
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Detail inside view of the front roof overhang, showing lookouts and roofing supports.
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Inside view of completed roof substructure.
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View from the northeast: metal roofing has been installed.
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View from the northwest: Sheathing is being installed on the center section walls and the outside walls of the side sections.  The back half of the wall dividing the center section from each side section is left unframed for upcoming addition of a manger, and the center third of each outer side wall is left unframed as a goat entrance.
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Detail front view of one of the side sections, to be used as goat shelter, showing that the back half of the wall dividing the side section from the center section is left unframed for upcoming addition of a manger, and that the center third of the outer side wall is left unframed as a goat entrance.  Front and back walls of the side sections will be framed in and sheathed.
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The opening for the wide doors into the central storage portion of the barn.  Both sides of this opening are six-by-six support posts, which were initially spaced so that a round bale could be rolled through the finished doorway.  The doorway will have two custom full-width, half-height doors (top and bottom), allowing for better ventilation during the summer (by leaving the top door open).  The doors will be leveled and hung on one post, and a backstop made from a two-by-four will be fitted to the other post once the doors have been hung.
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Start of a custom door: the inside of the door is formed by two-by-sixes used to frame a piece of sheathing cut to the full width of the opening (minus nominal clearances) wide and half the height of the opening (minus nominal clearances) high. The two-by-sixes are mortise-and-tenoned together and the joints locked with Liquid Nails and short exterior screws.  The two-by-six frame is then initially attached to the sheathing by Liquid Nails and a few long screws.
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Detail of the tenon used to connect the two-by-sixes forming the frame on the inside of the door.
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Once the two-by-sixes are secured, the door is inverted and the sheathing is screwed down to the two-by-sixes quite thoroughly.
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