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Old 01-23-2017, 06:40 PM   #1
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The Mrs and I decided to build a place to retire to in a few years. It's going to be a DIY "barndominium" style house. Its basically a home built into a metal framed building. We plan to do most everything on our own. It's located on several hundred acres.I did have the concrete foundation contracted out as it was to much for us to do.

It's been a lot of work so far and we haven't even finished the exterior yet but it's coming together. Thank goodness most of the heavy stuff has been done. I plan to finished in about 3 years.

Here are the fruits so far with just my wife and my sweat and minimal blood lost.









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Old 01-23-2017, 09:51 PM   #2
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Charlie: I'm envious!

You're doing what I have been hoping to do for too many years.

Get some acreage in the great southern part of the U S, move onto it , build my own barndominium.

And tell the world to K M A.

I like what you have done.


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Old 01-23-2017, 10:49 PM   #3
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Thanks Ed, I believe you are the only person to give me a welcome here.

I am envious of you living in the great north of Wyoming. Of course you can keep the extreme cold nd snow up there with you!

Here are a few more pics.











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But it's the Snow and Cold that I object to the most,
and after 49 years in it I am really wishing that I had the wherewithal to get out.

I was drug here from Southeast New Mexico as a 13 year old kid, and complained every frozen 9 months each year of it.

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Some more pictures of my progress.









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Looking great.


And appears to be nice weather too.


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That's awesome! I dream of something like that some day myself
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Thanks again Ed. We did have a couple of very cold days for my part of the country, It was between 15-25 degrees for 2 days in the beginning of Jan. I froze my hiney off but didn't let the cold stop me from working.




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15-20 degrees, oh my, you must have been in pain.

It was minus 30 here for a week around that time.

It did warm up though to minus 10.

I do like what you are doing, and dream of doing it myself.

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I love this idea. I regret not doing this 7 years back when i had to tear down and rebuild an old house i bought with bad termite damage. I refinanced and 30k got me a shell of a 1500 sf house without siding and ran out of money. For that money i could of built a 40x60 pole barn 10' Cathedral ceilings. I would of started with a 40x20 open family room kitchen studio. Then moved my way down the building finishing it when i had money. Use 10' cathedral ceilings to make attic bedrooms over part of it. Im not sure how building inspector would of liked my plan. But i would.
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Did some interior structural stuff for the kitchen/living area and got the 220V outside panel installed.

500ft of 3/0 copper and panel, the work begins.


Punching some more 2" knockouts in the rear of the panel.




Installing what will be vertical support for the vaulted ceiling and barn beams.


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What is your plan for walls and ceiling? Reframing exterior exterior walls to hang drywall is the achillies heel of finishing steel building.
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I have decided to go with conventional wood framing for the walls. Most rooms will have 10ft ceilings. The kitchen/living area is a 1000sq ft open room. I am going to install some old barn tin for the vaulted ceiling. It will be 17ft in the center/middle and go to 10 ft at the wall. We are going for a rustic look and there will be beams at about 10 ft off the floor to give it that look and a place to install fans, lights etc.

I am trying to carry the theme throughout the house using reclaimed wood/items where I can. Thinking of doing different tray ceilings in the bedrooms. Maybe doing an accent wall with something different too. I don't really have a set plan and am always thinking. That's what is great about doing things myself but it can be a curse at the same time. My wife and I went to a home designer and had some plans drawn up with what we wanted. The interior is very simple and basic. Three big rooms, study, upstairs living area, large open kitchen/living room etc...
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Started to box the steel supports with wood. It will look like an old wood beam when done. I am using 2x12 yellow pine framing lumber.










A couple of examples I made for the wife's approval.

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Sweet faux beam.

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