Lone Tree Farm was an old hay field back in the day and there was only one feature on the property, if you don’t count the dried up pond and that was the lone pecan tree on the hill. Soon there will be building on the land, perhaps the first in centuries!
We purchased a metal building from Metalmax Steel Buildings from Davis Motor Sales on 411, we felt that this was the most knowable supplier in the area and he understood what we wanted and how to order it from the factory. Other suppliers sold similar building but seemed to know really know how to order or how to figure the cost.
We bought a 30 x 48 foot monitor style building in barn red with a white roof. The colors were chosen based on traditional red barn color and the white was used to help keep the interior cooler.
We built the slab with the help of a local concrete supervisor and dug the footprint ourselves. I laid out the plumbing and electrical conduit myself based on dimensions from the models on the lot. I had hoped to keep my wire cost down and not have a cluttered external conduit look going up 11 feet on each side and then down after crossing the 24-foot span. So this may save me at least 22 or more feet of electric cable.
We followed the ideas and principles found on the Hobby Farms website as a guide for placement and construction.
- Permits: agricultural buildings are exempt in our county.
- Good Footing: we had a good clay soil and was located high enough on the property for good run off.
- Room for Growth: we hope to build an outside covered area and left room for a driveway easement just in case we needed to use it later.
- Easy Access: the access is close to the main entrance and although not centrally located it is in the “working” area of the farm.
- Wind: higher would of been better, but since our neighbor has over 100 acres of cattle land next door we’re limited with smell mitigation!
- Drainage: there is higher ground above the barn and then it slopes downwards so we are installing drainage pipe to direct water away from the foundation.
Our goals for the barn are to have a place to store the RV in the winter, farm workshop and crop preparation and storage. We don’t plan on this barn as an animal shelter. The large 30×24 sized space in the center is large enough to provide space for farm tools and still have room for family gatherings.
We’re not finished yet but hope to have it done this week. Our next project will be to insulate and run electricity! Stay tuned and sign up for our email updates.
- If you build in the winter then be prepared for weather delays.
- Hard to excavate in the mud!
- Concrete needs to set above freezing for best results.
- Rain slows down outdoor construction.
- Read rental contracts thoroughly, so you don’t loose money if weather delays a workday.
Just be patient and go with the weather, haste makes waste so relax and wait it out. Most vendors understand and will accept weather delays as a part of doing business.