Floored

Let’s talk about some floor options for your building.

The floor is an important part of any building. In a small building, the floor often is not covered with floorcovering so not only does the floor support your building and everything in it, but you also have to look at it.

If you choose the correct floor when you are designing your building, you will never need to think about again.

There are four floor options for our buildings and I will discuss each one here.

1. Standard Floor.

3/4" T&G Plywood

3/4″ T&G Plywood

For the majority, the right floor for your building will be our standard floor. Our standard floor is 3/4″ tongue and groove plywood. The 3/4″ is possibly an over-kill for all but the heaviest loads. However, overkill is our goal. Tongue and groove adds significant install time but we still use it for 2 reasons. First, the T&G is stronger. The interlocking T&G joint prevents flexing and sagging between the floor joist. Secondly, the tight T&G joint prevents light or insects from coming through.

2. Treated Plywood Floor. With the same specs as our standard floor with the exception that the joist and plywood are both pressure treated. While our standard floor is a the best choice for the majority of our customers, the treated floor is a good option in high moisture situations. Examples of situations that would benefit from having the treated floor would include a building sitting in an area that stays damp and a building being used for chickens or animals.

3. Treated Tongue and Groove 2×6 Floor.

Treated T&G 2x6 Floor

Treated T&G 2×6 Floor

This is our strongest wood floor. While there are customers that have parked cars on our standard floor, if you are planning to use your building for a garage, we recommend this floor. Our Garage model comes with this floor standard and it is optional on all other buildings. Park your car on this floor and then use a garden hose or pressure washer to clean it up. Made from the same material as many outdoor decks, this floor holds up great to the elements.

4. Concrete Floor.  While it tends to be a bit more expensive, concrete can make a very nice building floor. We do not do concrete floors but we certainly can and do install our buildings on concrete floors. When we are building on concrete we make a few changes. Our walls get a treated bottom plate and we use a sill seal between the wall and the concrete. We also use sleeve anchors to fasten the building to the concrete. You can have your concrete contractor call us with and discuss specs for the pad.

Any of these floors are a great choice and your exact use of the building will determine which is best for you.

 

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Barn Guilt

One of the parts of my job that I enjoy is making follow-up calls to our customers after we are done with their project. The reason for these calls is just to confirm that everything went well and the customer is totally happy with their building. We are constantly impressed with how much better for our business a satisfied customer is than any advertising we might try.

So, recently, I was following up with some recent customers and I realized that many of the conversations I have during these calls have some guilt in them.

Guilt? Yes, guilt.

The conversation would start with me asking about their building and how the install process went. I noticed that often the customer would answer something like, “We love the building. Everything went well with the install.”

Then, with just a touch of guilt in their voice, they would say something like, “I just need to get he time to fill it up.” or “I just need to get around to organizing it.” or “I am waiting for a nice weekend to landscape around it.”

I had never really thought of it before that when we are done with the building, our customer’s work has just begun.

On the bright side, it’s not like a mini storage that will be charging you rent whether you are using the building or not, so relax. It is, after all, summer. Maybe this would be a good weekend for fishing or golf or the ever popular sitting on the back porch drinking an ice tea. That barn isn’t going anywhere, you can fill it up later.

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Care and Maintenance of a Beachy Barn

Congratulations! You’ve just purchased a new Beachy Barn.

Your building is not like a car that needs oil and filter changed every 3000 miles and a timing belt at 100,000 miles.

However, there are just a few bits of advice that will help your building to live a long happy life.

1. Painting.  If your barn came unpainted, you should paint it as soon as possible. You will want to use a good quality exterior paint. We do not recommend using the cheapest paint because, while it will save some money in the short term, a good quality paint will last longer and apply much better. When painting, pay special attention to the bottom edge of the siding. When we paint buildings in our shop, we spray up from the bottom to make sure the bottom edge of the siding is protected. Also, before you paint, it is a good idea to caulk the top edges of horizontal trim pieces. Over time, water can get behind the trim and start to rot.

2. Vegetation. You will want to keep the grass and weeds away from the building. If vegetation grows up against the building, it can keep the siding damp and, over time, mildew, mold or rotting could start.

That is about it.

In an age where everything seems to be disposable, we built your Beachy Barn to last for decades with as little fuss as possible.

 

 

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Zoning and permits for small buildings.

building permit

With nearly every customer we work with, we discuss zoning and building permits. Like many things, the answer to the question “Do I need a permit for my building?” is. “It depends.”
We work in many counties and townships in and around Central Ohio. As much as we wish there would be one blanket answer about permits, that is not the case.
However, there are some basic guidelines that hold true in most areas.

1. Most areas require a zoning permit for all buildings or all buildings over a certain size. A zoning permit is normally issued by your township or city. The main information they will need is where you are placing the building on your lot. These permits tend to be easy to get. Often the permit will be issued the same day.

2. Generally, buildings over 200 square feet need to have a building permit. Building permits are usually issued by the county. Where a zoning permit is concerned with where the building is going on your lot, the building permit is dealing with how the building is constructed. We can provide drawings and information that you can take to the county to apply for the building permit.

These are just a couple of guidelines and each area is different. If you want to discuss your situation specially, give us a call.
The bottom line is that, in some cases, permits are needed, but it is not a difficult process. And while we cannot get the permit for you, we can guide you through the process.

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Not your grandpa’s yard barn

Usually, when we think of a backyard shed, we think of the basic building that is used to keep the lawnmowers and garden tools in. The reality is that most of our buildings go for exactly that. In most cases, the job of the shed is to get a bunch of stuff out of the garage so that the cars can reclaim their rightful place. However, it is always fun when people find new and unique uses for small buildings. We have seen playhouses, writing studios, hobby rooms, bunk houses, chicken coops, dog kennels and offices. This post is a little different. I will be highlighting unique uses of small buildings when we come across them, either from our business or articles I read. Let’s get started with this one… The Craft Shack. Someone did a great job of converting an existing 8×12 shed into a crafting space. Do you know of someone who has used a small building for a unique purpose? Let us know in the comments or via email.

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Beachy Barns From The Sky

Another shed getting ready to head out to a backyard.

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Beachy Barns Shed Delivery Video

We get asked often about how we deliver sheds. Here is a video that shows our ace delivery driver in action. With this equipment, we can get in some pretty tight backyards. However, if your backyard is not accessible, we can always build your shed right in your yard.

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How to top off your new shed.

Which is better, shingle or metal roof?

One of the most important components of your shed is the roof. A good roof will last for decades and protect your building and whatever you are storing from the elements that nature throws your way.

We have two main options when it comes to roofs: shingle or metal.

Lets explore each one.

Shingle Roof:

Shingle Roof with Drip Edge

Shingle Roof with Drip Edge

Ever since we started building barns 30+ years ago, the shingle roof has been our most popular roof. Over the years, the 3-tab shingles have given way to the heavier and better looking dimensional shingles that we use today. There is a good chance that your house has dimensional shingles because it is the most common shingle for today’s houses.

For shingles to get their full potential life, they must be applied on a stable surface. We start with full 1/2 inch OSB (oriented strand board) sheathing. We use OSB because it is stronger and more uniform than plywood. OSB also will not bow between the trusses like plywood can. We also use H-clips between each truss on the horizontal seams. The H-clips keep the two sheets from moving independently in the case of snow load or walking on the roof.

OSB sheathing H-clip

OSB sheathing H-clip

We also use metal drip edge along all edges of the roof to protect from moisture running back under the shingles. Finally, the lifetime dimensional shingles are applied per manufacturer’s specs for a handsome, long lasting roof.

Metal Roof:

Metal roof on Highwall Barn

Metal roof on Highwall Barn

Metal roofs have long been used for agricultural and industrial applications and more recently it has seen a growth in popularity in residential applications.

We use trusses at 24″ on center under our metal roof (not 4′). On top of the trusses, we use 2×4 purlins (not 1x or 2×3). Before we install the metal, we use foil bubble insulation. This insulation is to keep the metal from quick temperature changes that produce condensation. Our metal has Kynar 500 paint that has a 40 year warranty.

So which will it be? Either is a great choice. The metal holds up a bit better in high winds. The shingle roof may be a bit more air/insect tight. Both will give you decades of service.

In most cases, it comes down to which you like the looks of or which fits into your surroundings the best.

 

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5 ways to prepare your site for a Beachy Barn

Most things turn out better if you start with a good foundation. In most cases, our buildings do not need an actual foundation, but it is good to consider what site preparation, if any, is needed.

I am sure there are other ways to prepare your site, but here are 5 options to consider.

1. Blocking. This is the easiest option. All of our buildings have treated 4×4 runners that run the length of the building. We put blocking under the 4×4 at regular intervals. The blocks can be used to level a building if the ground is mostly level. Best for: Works well for smaller buildings. Works well for sites that are relatively level. Blocking is included in the price of the building.

Blocking included

Blocking included

2. Gravel Pad. The advantage of a gravel pad is that it provides support to the building while also allowing for drainage. There are many ways of doing a gravel pad. The gravel can be above the ground or dug into the ground. A 4×4 can be used as a border to keep the gravel in place. Best for: A gravel pad works great for larger buildings. Gravel is also ideal to build up an area that has a drainage issue. In almost any situation, a gravel pad is our preferred site preparation. If you need a contractor that does a great job on gravel pads for our buildings, just contact us.

Gravel pad with 4x4 frame

Gravel pad with 4×4 frame

3. Piers. For a pier foundation, the piers are dug into the ground and set in concrete. Best for: Pier foundations are approved as a frost protected foundation for most zoning jurisdiction. It is also ideal for a site where you have a sloped site. We handle the whole process and can usually install the piers and build your building on the same day.

Gable on pier foundation

Gable on pier foundation

4. Concrete Pad. A concrete pad is a good option. If you have an existing pad, make sure it is level and not too cracked. You don’t want your new building to have a broken concrete floor. In this case, it may be better to have our wooden floor set on top of the concrete.  We can build right on top of an existing pad or one that you have your concrete contractor pour specifically for your new building. When we build on concrete, we use a treated bottom plate and we take care of fastening the walls down to the concrete.

5. Treated Timbers. Another site prep option is to run treated timbers perpendicular to the  treated 4×4 skids that are a part of the building.

Treated timbers

Treated timbers

Our goal is to make getting your building as easy as possible. If you have any questions about preparing your site for a shed, please contact us and we can discus which option would be best for your specific situation.

 

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How do you get that barn in my backyard?

We often get asked how do you get that building into my backyard.
The answer, like many things in life, is: It depends.
We have two main options for delivery, depending on the building you are buying. We will either deliver the building pre-built or we will build it on your site.
1. Pre-built. 
Many of our buildings get delivered pre-built. We build these buildings here at our shop near Plain City, OH and haul them to your backyard.

Pre-built sheds headed out

Pre-built sheds headed out.

There are several things that determine whether we can deliver your building like this.
a. What size building do you need? Because different style buildings have different size overhangs, the size we can deliver varies by style. Generally 10’ wide buildings can be delivered and, in some styles, 12’ wide. Keep in mind that this is the width; the length can be up to 28’ or more.
b. Can we access your backyard? Each property is different, so we will be asking questions about distances between buildings, gates and terrain.
Keep in mind that we do not need to get our truck in your yard to deliver a building. We have the “Mule Delivery System” (see picture below). This allows us to get in much tighter spots than we could ever get the truck and trailer. The Mule also is much lighter and has lower pressure tires so it treads much lighter on your lawn. The mule leaves no more tracks than an average size riding lawn mower would leave on your lawn.

The Mule ready to move a small barn.

The Mule ready to move a small barn.

2. On-Site Construction.
While our state of the art equipment and experienced, talented drivers can deliver to many back yards, there are some spots we just can’t get to and some buildings that are too large to take down the road.
For those cases, we have an on-site building crew.

Onsite Building Crew

On-site Building Crew

If we are building in your backyard, we still use the same construction; we just build in your backyard instead of in our shop.
We pre-build many of the components of your building and bring them to your site.
Our onsite crew is made up of experienced, fully insured employees, not subcontractors.
The truck is stocked with all the tools the crew will need to build your building so they are completely self-contained.

Onsite Building install Truck

Onsite Building Truck

There are a few considerations to keep in mind regarding your built on-site sheds.
a. On the smaller buildings, there is a $100. charge for building on-site (we need to bring 3 people to your site instead of 1).
b. On-site built buildings do not come painted. Our high pressure paint sprayers can make real issues in your backyard. Don’t ask how we know.
c. Even though we do as much of the prep work as possible, building on-site can take anywhere from a few hours to a full day+ depending on the building style and size.
d. If your building site is more than 150’ from where we can park our truck, there may be an additional carrying charge.
The bottom line is we have several options to get that building to the perfect spot in your backyard.

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