Our New Pole Barn

One of our main goals for 2012 was putting in a new pole barn to store our tractor. We were keeping our tractor at my friend Tom’s place. He lives about 8 miles from our farm and he had a trailor that we always barrowd to haul the tractor back and forth from the two places. Last year, on one of our trips to the farm he let his brother use the trailor so when we got there we had to drive the tractor along the highway the 8 miles to our farm and back and that is when we decided that we wanted to build this year so we wouldn’t have to do that again.

This is a picture of the building site the way it looked before we started to build. Notice the fresh cow pie on the right side of the picture.

The building site was not real flat, so the first thing we had to do was have the site leveled.

Building site after it was graded

The pole barn is 24 x 32 with 10ft high walls.

Building in progress

I love the colors we went with, we have not seen many pole barns with this color scheme. We picked the white roof because it is supposed to be 25% cooler with it reflecting most of the sun rays and because of this it will last longer as well. Barn is already framed to add another overhead door and we will add some windows once we move there. We plan to build our Pole constructed house the same way with these same colors.


About Gordon Milligan

I am a retired conductor for a commuter railroad in Chicago IL, I now live in and have bought a 40 acre farm in South Central Iowa that I have built from the ground up. My wife and I are trying to raise and grow most of my own food using sustainible and organic methods. I have a blog that journals my journey to becoming a farmer.
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6 Responses to Our New Pole Barn

  1. Susan Lea says:

    Wonderful barn! I love your color scheme. I know old barns are SO picturesque, but they do have their maintenance issues. I’m sure you’ll love your barn–and one day it will be old and mysterious!

    • It won’t be as cool as the old barns of our youth, but you are right about not having to do any maintenace with the new barn, that will save me time to do more farming 🙂
      Thanks for stopping by.

  2. Jewels says:

    Very nice, Gordon! How exciting!

  3. Langela says:

    You have a nice barn. It will save you so much time in travel back and forth and I’m sure you will find many more things to go inside! We just built ours last spring and it has filled up quickly.

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