Assemble your bents (the frame of your barn). This is simple to do. First look at your plans and determine which timbers need to be placed where. The plans will show where they go in the framework of your barn. Using a fork lift place all your timbers in there proper locations according to the plans. Lay them out on a level surface and bolt them together with bolts and steel plates.
There are some complicated calculations around for figuring out how much wood you'll need if you're heating with with a wood stove. Annoyingly, most articles will start with 'it depends'. Unfortunately, it really does - on where you live, the temperature that particular winter, how well insulated your house is, what kind of wood you'll be burning, how efficient your wood stove is, whether or not you're burning wood full time or just using it to augment your primary heating system during cold snaps... you get the picture.
Whether you're in the age group that needs to start thinking about adapting your methods or you're wheelchair bound, all you need is to build some raised beds about 3 feet wide by about 2 feet high and any length that will fit in your garden. Simply built with a timber frame home, they get rid of the need to kneel and severely reduce the amount of bending, so saving your back.
It helps to plan now if you want to add a garage or not. If you choose to have a garage now or down the road and you want to connect it to the house, this could affect your floor plan.
Bathroom designs have really progressed in the last couple of decades. Once upon a time, installing a bath panel called for little more than taking a roughly cut piece of hard wood giving it a few coats of paint, and placing it precariously up against the side of your bathroom centre piece. The good news is, even though it is not always such a straight forward task as this, if you follow the points below you will at least have enough energy at the end of the day to deal with the wash basin.
If you want to be cool in summer and warm in winter, you need to combine good quality fiberglass or cellulose attic insulation with a top quality radiant barrier.
Well organised storage is a great help. Everything should have its place, and be retrievable. Tools, abrasives, finishes, etc, should mainly be kept in drawers, because shelves are traps for dust and chips, and drawers are easier to access than cupboards. If you have a table saw, it is quite easy to make simple but strong plywood chests of drawers to fit odd spaces in the workshop (as long as you are satisfied with 'workshop' quality!). I recommend you number the drawers and keep an up to date alphabetical list of each item in them. Better than spending half a day hunting for a missing item.
Raise your bents. Using a heavy telescoping forklift raise your bents and place them on the foundation. Nail 2x6 braces to your posts and anchor them to the ground or foundation. Then bolt them in place using brackets and foundation bolts.
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