Considering function is the most important aspect of designing housing for animals, yet adding that touch of pretty is what brings it all together, makes it personal and lends a hand in that feeling of nostalgia. Choosing to build within the trees adds a challenge, but the finished barn looks as if it was built years ago.

Juggling our small herd of goats and 4-H projects within a couple of make shift buildings was making our lives more difficult than it needed to be. We drew up plans for a barn that would house them with room to grow…always room to grow, just in case. ;) Four generously sized pens, an enclosed granary, a loft for hay and an overhang off the back for additional coverage.

I won’t lie, I did consider just ordering one of those prefab Amish made buildings and making it work. They are cheep, sturdy and would get the job done. When it came down to it, I knew we would not be happy with it.

mini Nubian goat barn

We drew up the plans pole building style and even though I originally planned to use reclaimed wood, that route proved to be way out of my price range. I was able to get rough sawn poplar from a lumber yard for 1/6 of the price and it will age just as beautifully in time.

I’m sharing a few photos here of the process and will post more along the way. Building your own barn is doable, especially with a good plan, willing to get creative in sourcing supplies, a strong man or two, helpful kids and a whole lot of screws!

Our barn is finished now except for water and electricity and I can’t wait to share the finished product with you!

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