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Greetings, all. I'm in the Triad area of NC. Current project is the overhaul of a small barn workshop (about 14x18 feet). We've insulated it (about 90% done) and I'm currently looking at solar-powered vents to help with moisture control as well as heat issues in the summer. I need to get as much climate control as possible going in there, as I'm going to be using it for a textile and multimedia art studio. It will house sewing machines, a serger, flatbed knitting machines, as well as acrylic paints, canvases, watercolor and drawing paper. I'm pretty handy with tools (self-gift at Xmas: brand new reciprocating saw :thumbup:) and we do have a woodworking studio already built and outfitted.
 

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What type roof?
Is there soffit vents?
If it's a shingled roof I'd be install a ridge vent not a solor vent.
This way 100% of the roof gets vented not just a circle.
No vent will work on the roof without proper soffit vents.
 

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We used channel baffles, which take care of the roof ventilation issue. There are basic gable vents at each end of the structure, but they need to be upgraded. The front door (with a vent over the door) faces north, which is the direction from which all of our nasty weather comes. Given the fact that rain blows so hard against the front of the barn, I'm considering removing the gable vent and covering the hole, then putting in another vent elsewhere. This is a pre-fab storage shed like the one seen here: http://www.houseofstarsinc.com/id33.htm

Longer than the one in the #004 photo, but the same design.

ETA: Our structure is on a more solid foundation than the one in the photo. The previous owners intended to keep horses in it (??!!) and had that they called a "double floor" put in, and had even got two stalls built (even had the stall door hardware in place) before they noticed that there was no freaking way the space would work for standard sized horses. I think the full length of the structure is 34 feet. I tore down stall walls to create a 14x18 space for myself, and we're putting up a wall to separate my studio from the storage space in the back. I hope this isn't TMI.
 
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