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I'm trying to figure out how to frame a barn that has a small loft floor.

The barn will be approx 12 feet wide by 20 feet long, and 14 feet tall. It will look similar to this inside: http://i.imgur.com/yuueK.jpg (except not post and beam). outside view: http://i.imgur.com/Da5HV.jpg

I was planning to balloon frame it, as i have access to several lengths and widths of studs, but no beams.

If the loft took up the entire floor, it would be easy. i would just frame 10 foot walls, then build a full floor on top of that and then frame 4 foot walls and my gables walls. however, i only wanted a small loft and leave the rest open. my main problem right now is raising two 14 foot walls when i only have a 12 foot floor to build it on. adding jack studs to support the beam which supports the loft floor is simple enough.

Does anybody have any sketches for framing such a barn? Any suggestions how i should go about doing this or alternative methods that will yield the same look?
 

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A couple of suggestions---Eric Sloan wrote several books on timber framed barns---your library will have them.

The Forestry Forum - Index This site has a timber framing forum---you may find some ideas there.

A basic knowledge of timber framing is required for you project---looks like fun----Mike---
 

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