(Building our barn) has been a fun, interesting, rewarding, sometimes frustrating, and proud experience for me. I want to thank you and your crew for being there with support through e-mail and phone calls through the entire project. It's been a pleasure working with you.
Bob & Nancy Kosty
I am finally finished!! Couple hours more touch-up painting and it's a done deal.......This is one good looking structure! Everyone in the area who has seen it says how nice the design is. Thanks so much for all the help.
Brian and Vickie Machtolff
Shingle Springs, CA
24x30 Napa Barn
Just a note to let you know what others in the area think of the barn. A retired school teacher and his wife have watched the progress as they jog/walk by and are very impressed with the overall design. The UPS driver, the mailman, the next door neighbors, and the builder across the street all like the barn and its appearance. Another builder from down the road stopped and checked out the trusses. He's also impressed with the barn. The fact that I built it alone also gets to them. They think I'm crazy, but it proves that it can be done and if one guy can build this barn, then any small inexperienced crew with guidance can do it. And this can be seen in all the other barns represented on your site; husband/wife, friends, brothers etc. some with carpenter expierence and many without, they can all build great barns.
Nels Peter Swanson
24x30 Barn House
I wanted to bring you up to date on my "Mini-Barn" project. Tomorrow we'll be framing up every thing and placing the trusses (which were built last weekend). Your plans are great and very easy to use. Also, I have been taking pictures! When I'm done, I'll scan and send 'em to you.
I am sending a picture of our new barn/garage we're finally building. The amazing thing about this is the crew consisted of three people (myself included) and a backhoe. The plans we got from you were great.
Six months later, Charlene thoughtfully sent us the following letter:
Well Dano we finally got the whole thing done. (except the siding, that's next year). It took us all summer and a lot of sweat but I think it looks pretty good for a couple who are not builders and the friends that helped (which were few) are not builders either. Your plans were easy to follow and as you can see it turned out pretty good.
P.S. do you also do house plans? We're looking for a ranch to put up next to the barn.
Keep in touch,
Lookin' REEEEAAaalllly good!! Took some "under construction" pic's of the cupola on the rooftop yesterday - gonna' be super lovely!
We've framed the two long walls and the back wall. Tomorrow we'll have a bit of a barn raising, putting up the walls, framing the front & start to put up trusses. I have to say, I'm having a great lot of fun with all this. My wife bought me the barn plans (and whatever tools I need) for my birthday this month. We'll have miniature goats by the end of the month.
Thanks in advance,
George & Deidre Forman
Port Orchard, WA
Building the trusses on site to your plans was cheaper than factory built trusses. All in all it is a stout and I think attractive building.....your plans were very clear and helpful.
St. Albans, ME
I think it all went pretty well for a guy who had never attempted anything like this......I was real pleased with the outcome. Wish I had room for one of your barns as your product/plans turned out to be just what I was looking for. Thanks!
The Barn is finished and the cupola has had raving comments! You were right, I thought the plans were way off in terms of size. However, I listened to your advice and stuck with the dimensions (thinking the entire time that you were half crazy )and it looks wonderful! We have had more comments on our barn than we have had on our NEW house. Thanks again for your assistance.....you have no idea how much time I spent looking for a cupola. Yours was perfect!!! A happy customer of yours,
Fred R. Knebel
The barn's coming along great! The wife got ambitious on Friday and painted a HUGE Texas flag on the sliding doors. People have commented they can see our place for miles.
By the way, about 2 months ago, our framer came by with a couple that had the same set of plans, they wanted to see what the finished product looked like.
Round Rock, TX
...(the barn) is coming along great and it's everything and more than I ever dreamed of. My brother, who is a carpenter, would travel every weekend from Rhode Island (3 hours one way) to help guide us in interpreting the barn plans and in the actual building of the barn. Our crew included my roommate, a good friend, my brother, his best friend and myself (3 women, 2 men). When it came time to build the trusses my brother built the first one and we lifted and used it as our sample. He then marked the loft floor as a template and put stopper in for us to build the rest. He said he would be back in two weeks. So for the next two weeks my roommate and myself built the other twenty trusses. It was rather easy to build them once my brother laid the template out for us. She owns a large bucket truck and we used it to lift and put the trusses into place. It was a piece of cake to do and we had them all up in one day.
My horses are in heaven. Each night when I go out to let them in, I sit in my lawn chair and just smile. All the neighbors would drive by real slow and would watch us as we were building. Now when I run into them at the local store they all come up and tell us how beautiful the barn is. Many people have asked where I got the plans to build and I have given them your company name. It sure is shaping up to be a very classy looking barn. I'm constantly looking at other Gambrels in the area and comparing them to ours and in my opinion, none are as nice.
32x40 Horse Barn
I finally got the first truss up, but then we had a very high wind come through the other night and it blew one of my trusses clean off the building! Not the one I had standing, it is nailed and braced and very much a part of the structure. The truss that wanted to leave was the top one on the stack of trusses. (I am following your plans and have the finished trusses stacked on top of the loft). When I saw the truss laying in the field, I expected it to be in pretty sad shape, but it was totally intact! No cracks, twists, warping, or breaks. I got it back up on the deck (by myself) and set it back on the "stack", and everything still lined up perfectly. That is one strong design. Before I left for the day, I nailed all the trusses together with some strips of plywood, if one leaves now, they will all have to go.
16x24 Horse Barn
24x30 Barn House
A couple months later Kevin wrote....:
Just had my framing and mechanicals inspection today. No problems at all with your stuff! The inspector was very impressed that the trusses were site built. He thought they looked great..
I'm impressed with the plans and their presentation. I could draw for months with AutoCad and never have that nice look. I think presentation alone will make the building permit application go without a hitch in my area.
32x40 Horse Barn
Just thought I would give you some good news on the plans you sent me. I took the plans in and applied for my building permit. They were approved in 5 days and without a single red mark on them. They even commented that they were one of the nicest garage plans that they had seen submitted to Butler County, Ohio.
I can't tell you how much I love driving around the corner and seeing that shot of my house and barn together....man, it looks great! It truly is a dream house and shop set up. I'm so thrilled that I found your website, bought your plans, and got to know you.
We just finished our....Cupola built from your plans. Just a note to say that your plans were complete and easy to follow.
Scott & Cori Roed
36"x 60" Cupola
Submitted the order today for the plans. Your web site was very helpful. Especially the showcase portion. It showed several modifications that fit what I wanted. Great job!
New Windsor, NY
Thank you for giving me the information I needed to make my decision to buy your plans. I did a lot of window shopping before making my choice and out of all the plans I've seen yours is the most beautiful and practical.
We can't thank you enough for all your help in answering our questions so promptly and with such clarity that even I could understand.
We'll keep in touch!
Arroyo Grande, CA
Thanks so much for the plans! When I stumbled upon your website almost a year ago, I was absolutely fascinated and kept going back to view the projects and stuff several times. We are finally in a position to do some improvements to our property and I KNEW from the moment I saw your website, you had the solutions for us! We will definitely take photos of our project to share with you!
Very nicely structured website. Clean and very easy to find information. My wife is impressed and she is a contractor to NASA building and maintaining some of the NASA websites. Kudo's to your site designer.
New Braunfels, TX
We got the barn plans!!!!!! AWESOME! Your web site is totally correct....they ARE easy to follow. We just need to find some strong backs and week minds willing to work for beer. (on a good day, pizza and beer) We WILL be withholding the beer from those working with power tools. I figure if I keep rattling the cooler they will work faster....the faster you work the faster its "beer-thirty"!!
I will send you some pics of the construction and short blurb on our progress.
Thank you and THANK YOU!!
36x60 Barn House
Thanks for the great plans. Our barn is the envy of everyone who sees it. It was a blast to build....now comes the fun of using it.
32x60 Horse Barn
Happy New Year. We finally completed our home and have moved ina couple weeks before Christmas. It is so exciting to be in our Barn-House. We painted it the Traditional Red with white trim. It was a bit of a struggle but we are finally done. I will try to get you some pictures soon but just wanted to stop and say THANK YOU!!
32x40 Barn House
We have decided to turn our barn garage into our home and decided to add the covered deck, shed roof and bigger dormers. I am ordering the plans for these as well as an additional copy of the whole package. The original garage is nearly complete but now I will have a ton of additional work but I am loving every minute of it. Thanks for the great plans.
Just wanted to let you know that the plans made it here just fine. They look fantastic, and VERY professional....Thanx for the help, and we'll keep you informed as to our progress.
Barn plans arrived today! They look great! I'm particularly excited about the details in the truss construction. I've already put the plans through the permit dept. Will be building in a couple of days. Photos to follow.
32x40 Barn House
This is what I call service....getting serious and well documented answers on questions put to you on a Sunday! The word "workaholic" came to us from the USA, but you must have been the guy who invented it. Thanks a lot for the speedy service.
24x30 Napa Barn
I got the fax. Looks good. You sure are thorough with your support. I just contacted you yesterday and it seems I'm light years ahead of where I've been for quite some time. Thank you so much. I'll certainly let you know when I need help/advice. When we get a web site set up with pictures of the progress I'll let you know where that is.
20x30 Horse Barn
Just wanted to say a big thank you for your help in answering my questions and not making me feel dumb for some of the obvious ones that I asked. It was such a pleasure to speak with you about my pet project and I will be in touch very soon..
After several nights of surfing the Internet, I'm convinced that you have the best design available for a shed-sized gambrel barn. The Showcase (specifically the Macler project) was very helpful in making a choice of the plans to order.
My 20 x 30 workshop is really starting to look great. My building only has the roof to finish and then it will be more or less done. Thanks again for the plans. My builder told me that he's built 3,500 sq. ft. homes with plans half as detailed as what you provided. He was very happy and so am I.
I received the barn plans today, thanks. My son and I looked them over and they will be very easy to work off of. Am anxious to get started but have to wait for the ground to thaw out and dry up. Have a great summer.
I review roadway plans for construction projects on a daily basis, and because of that I was somewhat hesitant about ordering plans over the internet. I have to tell you that I am very impressed with the amount of detail that is included within the drawings. The detail bullets on the plan views are outstanding and the schedule layouts are very nice, too.
Man I sure am having fun building this Mini barn!! I have all of the trusses up. Will attach a pix of them. Just wanted to tell you how much fun I am having!!!!!!
I perused the plans and they look great. I like the simple easy to read schematics. They're clear and concise. The way you limited the amount of detail on each page will also make them easy to use. Thank you very much.
The plans arrived safely on Saturday. My husband said they were designed to be clear and easy to follow (he has basic blueprint reading skills). I understood a lot of it and I have no blueprint skills. We are very pleased with the plans. Thank you so much. Now hopefully the building will go as smoothly!!
New Richmond, OH
36x60 Barn House
This materials list will help me alot! Again, thanks alot. You dano are alright in my book....one hell of a person. Like I said before I will be sending pictures along with a letter stating how I had a good time building and how amazed I am at the design and structure of these barns of yours! Keep doing what your doing....you are excellent at it. Cant thank you enough!
Hi there from Canada! I have just ordered the plans for your 24x30 barn. Your barns are beautiful and I hope to finish building my own by fall! Congrats on the concept and the website, which is very informative. The many photos add a lot to it. Keep up the good work!
I was on vacation last week, but my plans were waiting for me when I got home Saturday. I've been studying them and I am impressed with the quality and the amount of information. I've been an estimator and construction manager for over 30 years now and I can tell you that the plans are well worth the money.
Corpus Christi, TX
First, we would like to commend you on your barn designs and website. Very nice finished products and an easy to use web interface are why we are considering purchasing plans from your company.
Damon and Carrie Lichtblau
Unbelievable that it took all these years to find someone who had similar experience during childhood. I have the same love of old barns since then too and am fascinated by them. All kinds of them but the gambrel roofs mostly, and the ones that had "Chew Mail Pouch Tobacco" on them. I am soon to retire from the military and believe your site has given me a new focus in my life. Thank the heavens up above for making it possible for peoples like yourself and thank you for putting this site out here.
Monte M. Kennedy
Great job on the website--the best one I've been to in years! REALLY liked the "On The Road" link--great break from the monotony of surfing the web. I have 11 acres and I'm trying to figure out how/where to put a barn on it--I like your barns the best. Again, GREAT JOB on the website and roadshow...keep it going!
Spring Branch, TX
36x60 Horse Barn
I sat down and looked at the plans today for a few minutes. They are very well done. I've been in construction for 15 years and these plans are as thorough, if not more, as some of the commercial plans I have seen. They will make it very easy to build this barn house. I only wish I could get started sooner. Thanks for a great set of plans to guide my journey.
36x60 Barn House
The trusses are UP on my 24' Garage/Shop!! Man they look fantastic!! I have had so much fun on this project. I can't say enough about your great truss plans....I love them! Enjoy the pix. I will keep sending them.
AWESOME!!!!!!!!!! This is the first truss and it fit perfectly. The guys are building them fast & stacking them up!! I cannot even find the words to discribe how cool it is! STRONG!!! The contractor and the crew are impressed. You are to be commended for this fantastic product.
24x30 Barn House