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Now I’m Building a Barn, Part 1

This post was written by jd on September 29, 2009
Posted Under: Construction

In addition to my real estate company, I also have a construction company, O’Dell Construction. I have been building in Nevada County and surrounding areas since 1971.  This has been a slow year, but I have two projects, one which I just finished for a former client. Right now, I am building a barn for another former client.

The perimeter foundation is formed, ready for concrete to be poured.

The perimeter foundation is formed, ready for concrete to be poured.

I built a 3,850 square  home for this particular client in 2002. Than I built  a 1200 square foot wood working shop for them in early 2008. Now I’m building a barn for them since they have decided to have horses.

You can see in these pictures some of the latest progress.  The barn has a perimeter foundation, with decomposed granite for a floor instead of concrete. The decomposed granite will be much easier on the horses legs than a concrete floor.  We placed a perforated pipe under the granite to  drain liquids away from underneath the granite floor.  The walls will be ten feet high and have vaulted trusses set on top of the walls. There will also be a twelve foot covered area for the horses to stand under just outside the barn.

Concrete is poured, forms ready to be stripped

Concrete is poured, forms ready to be stripped

The barn is twenty eight feet wide and forty two feet long.  Some of the requirements that are a little different than a home or work shop is that the wiring has to be in conduit and the light fixtures have to be explosion proof because of any potential dust setting off a fire.

Foundation and finish grading complete. Decomposed granite in place.

Foundation and finish grading complete. Decomposed granite in place.

This picture was taken September 24, 2009. The owner’s home is in the background.

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