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Designing a Better Compact Barn  RSS feed

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I'm in the design phase of creating a barn for dairy goats. It is designed to be rather compact but be able to store adequate bedding and winter ration for two dairy goats (and their kids), have a drive-in bay for unloading from a pickup truck, and to have two 72 sq ft stalls. In the summer, one stall will be used for the goats, and the other for 2-4 pigs. In the winter after the pigs are harvested, I will be able (during inclement weather) to herd the goats into the second stall so I can clean the first without putting them out in the elements. The drive-in bay is between the stalls and the straw mow. A ladder goes up into the feed loft from this central bay. I designed it so that the straw mow, drive-in bay, and feed loft are build of half-dovetail notched logs, and the stalls and roof are timber framed. The log portion has a gabled roof, and the timber framed section has a shed roof that attaches to the wall of the log portion on the gable end. There is a window above the shed roof in the gable proper that admits light. The roofing material of choice is tile. I could be persuaded to another material, but clay is abundant and ceramic is durable if you don't let water pool. I intend to collect rainwater off the roof to give the animals. A possible add on in the form of a lean-to, is a place to start chicks before they are big enough to go in the chickshaw.

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Some definitions please;
straw mow

Would a metal roof work for you?
Can you have a high gutter so a larger tank can collect the rainfall?
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