If you want to build a small barn on a farm that has limited acreage, it is important to plan the layout of your property. You can certainly raise animals on land with limited acreage but you will need to optimize your space. The following are essential tips to consider when building a small barn on limited acreage.
Determine if the size is appropriate and look at local zoning requirements
Whereas it is possible to raise animals on a small parcel of land, there are times when the space available is just too little to allow you to keep your animals in a healthy manner. As a general guideline, you should consider having one acre for every large animal you own. You can be flexible with this figure but you must also consider the zoning laws in the local area. It would be very frustrating if you started planning how you are going to build your barn only to learn that you are not allowed to keep all your animals on the land due to its size.
Keep an eye on the future
Limited acreage means you will have a problem when you need to expand your small barn or make alterations. Even if you may be keeping one animal now, this can change within one year or two. As you plan your barn, think about the future. It is therefore beneficial to choose a barn design that can serve your needs for many years. You can then look for ways to make the design work for you in the best manner considering the small size of your property.
Save space and modify
Because of the limited space, you need to include only the necessary items when planning for your small barn. Assess the plans for the barn and see if there are ways that can save on space. For instance if there are plans for a wash rack, assess how much it is likely to be used. A tiny and well laid-out supply room can work just as well as a big supply room.
Be prepared for extra costs
Building a barn on a small piece of land may also mean extra needs and costs. Animals grazing in a small pasture will mean more mud when it rains. This may require you to buy and install stable grids to aid animal footing in the muddy sections. You will also have to grapple with the problem of manure management. There must be enough space set aside for compost manure on your property. If there is no space you must develop a way to give the manure to others or pay to have it removed at agreed intervals.
Assess and see how much of the land you can use
It may not be possible to develop all the land you own. Natural factors such the presence of water or topographical problems can limit your usage of the land. Assess your land comprehensively before embarking on a planning the layout. This will help you to avoid surprises as you go on.
Hire an experienced barn builder
This is where Rogers Builders comes to your rescue. An experienced and skilled barn builder will help to ensure that your small barn is built properly the first time. It can be costly to discover and fix mistakes later, so you don’t want to trust the safety and well-being of your animals to just anyone. Rogers Builders has the experience and know-how to get the job done right the first time.
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