Barn Foundations

Barn Foundations

Although the majority of it is below grade, never to be seen, the foundation is, without a doubt, a foundation critical part of your successful barn project, both in terms of longevity and ultimately functionality. Mistakes in the foundation work can even affect the overall appearance of your new building once complete. So, choosing the right foundation contractor is of the utmost importance.

Excellent references should be on your list of “must haves.”  You may also want to choose one that does their own excavation work as these can often be two separate people. Thus, two different subs to manage, two different schedules to contend with, etc.

foundationYour foundation contractor may be able to provide plans for permits and the concrete design but more often these plans will be provided by the barn builder such that the concrete work satisfies the design elements as well as your local building codes. Foundation anchors are engineered bolts or straps which secure a building to its foundation. These may be provided by the builder and should be specifically located on foundation plans.

foundationGenerally speaking, there are four different types of foundations to choose from. Which type you choose will be largely dependent on what’s typical to your geographic location. For example, in the warmer climates of the southern parts of greater New England, concrete block walls are predominate. As one moves north, poured concrete walls are typical. Vertical walls are always on top of a horizontal concrete footing whose width is double the wall thickness. And, in the northern-most parts of greater New England, monolithic foundations or “Alaskan slabs” are common. These concrete slabs are poured with a thick edge – typically eighteen inches deep and twelve inches wide. A short wall or curb should be poured or set in block between the slab and the building sill to keep the structure further above grade. Moisture is any building’s worst enemy.

foundationThe fourth type of foundation are concrete piers or sono-tubes. These can be poured in place or they are also available pre-cast. In all cases the depth of a foundation is about four feet. Exact depths are region specific and prescribed by your building department as they enforce the code. Of the types of foundations we’ve discussed, piers offer the least in terms of keeping your barn weather-tight and critter-free. From a carpentry standpoint the building will also “finish” better with square foundation corners and square drops at the door openings.  The best foundation of the four listed would have to be the poured concrete wall. Although the block wall has the same structural design criteria, the continuous pour has no joints that could fail over an extended period of time.

foundationAs with just about everything else you can buy, there are options to consider even after you’ve decided what type of foundation you will use. For example, walls, poured or block, can be veneered with stone or brick.

 

foundationThis application is most common when large portions of the concrete will be visible above grade, as in the case of a sloped building site. The concrete floor, or slab, can be poured flat or stamped to look like brick or stone. Piers can be made square, and you can even add color to your concrete to make the barn even more uniquely yours.

 

The right foundation will help protect your barn and all that’s in it from the elements and from rodents and insects. And, the right foundation will add value to your building, both in terms of functionality for you and your family as well as resale value for the future. Maybe the best way to consider the foundation under your new barn is like solid insurance for your investments. We are Country Carpenters. Contact us at (860) 228-2276.

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Country Cabins Harwinton CT

Country Cabins Harwinton CT

Call Country Carpenters for best quality country cabins Harwinton CT. Our rustic post and beam frame buildings are the perfect retreat when you need a cozy shelter or getaway. Designs and custom options are available to make every building unique. Country Carpenters Inc. is a leading vendor of pre-cut building kits in New England. We combine the stability of post & beam with classic New England style. Take a look at the photo gallery on our Country Cabins page. These cabins are great for a hunting lodge, lakeside cabin, snowmobile camp, or weekend retreat on your woodland lot.

Every model in the 12′ series includes pre-cut post & beam frame, pressure treated deck, white pine roof sheathing, roof sheathing, a wide double door kit, 2 six-light windows and a flower box. Spruce up the cabin with any combination of our custom hardware, custom windows and cupolas. Take a look at your many custom design options.

Since 1974 Country Carpenters has shipped pre-engineered building kits all over the US, Canada and the UK. Get started by talking to us. Country Carpenters post & beam buildings include garden sheds, pool houses, saltbox style carriage sheds, and many sizes and styles of country barns. We will discuss your ideas, dreams and expectations, and property layout.

When you want classic outbuildings, barns, and carriage houses that are designed to last, contact Country Carpenters in Hebron CT. Our post and beam building kits are aesthetically pleasing, sturdy, and add character to your property. The Country Carpenters barn and carriage house building kits combine early New England aesthetics with the strength of a post and beam framework.  Call us for more information today: (860) 228-2276.

 

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Post & Beam Sheds Mansfield CT

Post & Beam Sheds Mansfield CT

Nothing enhances your yard like New England style post & beam sheds Mansfield CT. With our myriad sizes and enhancements, our buildings can be transformed into whatever best suits your needs. Country Carpenters Inc. is a leading vendor of pre-cut building kits in New England. We combine the stability of post & beam with classic New England style. We invite you to view the photo galleries of our garden shed building  models.  Country Carpenters has layouts for 9 foot as well as 12 foot sheds. Every model has the look and feel of genuine New England style architecture.  Our small buildings are suitable for country cabins, garden sheds and pool houses. You may customize your building with our many custom design options.

Since 1974 Country Carpenters has shipped pre-engineered building kits all over the US, Canada and the UK. Get started by talking to us. Country Carpenters post & beam buildings include garden sheds, pool houses, saltbox style carriage sheds, and many sizes and styles of country barns. We will discuss your ideas, dreams and expectations, and property layout.

When you want classic outbuildings, barns, and carriage houses that are designed to last, contact Country Carpenters in Hebron CT. Our post and beam building kits are aesthetically pleasing, sturdy, and add character to your property. The Country Carpenters barn and carriage house building kits combine early New England aesthetics with the strength of a post and beam framework.  Call us for more information today: (860) 228-2276.

 

Fine New England Style Post & Beam Carriage Houses, Garden Sheds, and Country Barns Since 1974.

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Custom Garages Glastonbury CT

Custom Garages Glastonbury CT

Country Carpenters provides precut kits for custom garages Glastonbury CT. Our garage and carriage house kits are sturdy post & beam structures. When you are looking for classic old New England style, start with Country Carpenters Inc. Our carriage house building kits are available in two depths and eight sizes. One of our most versatile options is the 22 Foot Saltbox Carriage House Building.  This model has the look and feel of a genuine old-time carriage house. Select the number of bays you’d like, from 1-bay through 5-bay. For a distinctive finish, select from many custom design options.

 

Get started by talking to us. Country Carpenters post & beam buildings include garden sheds, pool houses, saltbox style carriage sheds, and many sizes and styles of country barns. We will discuss your ideas, dreams and expectations, and property layout. When you want classic outbuildings, barns, and carriage houses that are designed to last, contact Country Carpenters in Hebron CT. Our post and beam building kits are aesthetically pleasing, sturdy, and add character to your property. The Country Carpenters barn and carriage house building kits combine early New England aesthetics with the strength of a post and beam framework.  Call us for more information today: (860) 228-2276.

 

Fine New England Style Post & Beam Carriage Houses, Garden Sheds, and Country Barns Since 1974.

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Post & Beam Kits for Sale

Post & Beam Kits for Sale

Country Carpenters offers the highest quality post & beam kits for sale anywhere. We are your best source for fine New England Style Post & Beam Carriage Houses, Garden Sheds, and Country Barns. When you are looking for post & beam barn kits, small buildings, carriage houses, sheds and cabins, our variety can’t be beat. Nothing enhances your yard like New England style buildings and sheds. With our myriad sizes and enhancements, our buildings can be transformed into whatever best suits your needs. Country Carpenters Inc. is a leading vendor of pre-cut building kits in New England. We combine the stability of post & beam with classic New England style. We invite you to view the photo galleries of our garden shed building models.  Country Carpenters has layouts for 9 foot as well as 12 foot sheds. Every model has the look and feel of genuine New England style architecture.  Our small buildings are suitable for country cabins, garden sheds and pool houses. You may customize your building with our many custom design options.

 

Industry Leaders Since 1974

Since 1974 Country Carpenters has shipped pre-engineered building kits all over the US, Canada and the UK. Get started by talking to us. Country Carpenters post & beam buildings include garden sheds, pool houses, saltbox style carriage sheds, and many sizes and styles of country barns. We will discuss your ideas, dreams and expectations, and property layout. When you want classic outbuildings, barns, and carriage houses that are designed to last, contact Country Carpenters in Hebron CT. Our post and beam building kits are aesthetically pleasing, sturdy, and add character to your property. The Country Carpenters barn and carriage house building kits combine early New England aesthetics with the strength of a post and beam framework.  Call us for more information today: (860) 228-2276.

 

Fine New England Style Post & Beam Carriage Houses, Garden Sheds, and Country Barns Since 1974.

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