|Fascia boards have rotted off|
|The overhang we moved from the old coal barn to use as a goat|
loafing area has always leaked, Dan never could figure out why.
Covering the roof of this building was our very first outdoor homestead project. It was one of two that were built around the same time as our house, about 90 years ago. We wanted to turn half of it into a chicken coop, and the other half into a goat stall. The roof at the time had several layers on it but had started to leak. In discussing options we decided to simply tarp it for the time being. That was six years ago and the roof was long overdue for some help.
Options? We could let it go, which didn't sit well with either of us. We could tarp it again, but to be honest, we are rather tired of looking at tarps all over the place. They are on that outbuilding, cover the hay hut,
and serve as walls on the carport. They're okay for a season or two, but once they start to shred, there are bits and ribbons of poly-whatever they're made of all over the place. The other option was to put a proper roof on it.
More discussion. Should we just re-roof the existing part or do something more? I dug out one of our old goat barn plans to reconsider - Goat Barn Plan #5. That idea was to simply add another half to the shed to create a small gable barn.
|I first showed these sketches to you last November, but they|
are dated May 2, 2014. One of many ideas for a new goat barn.
|Rough idea of the floor plan.|
Dan decided to expand it a bit, coming out about five feet on the front and adding about four feet on the milking room side. Here's how it's coming along.
|One of the first steps was to raise the attached loafing area roof and add |
a ridge beam. A new loafing roof will extend beyond the new roof.
|Framing out the new roof with posts where walls will eventually be.|
For now, we're just concentrating on the roof. The rest we'll decide on later.
The only glitch we've had was in moving the hay hut. It used to be right in front of the goat shed, but it needed to be moved to work on the building. The problem was that Mama Duck was still under there. This is the same Mama Duck that had snakes getting her eggs ( see "No Hope For Ducklings?"). Since we couldn't actually see the nest, we had no idea whether or not she still had eggs. But the hay hut was in the way so it had to be moved. What happened after that is quite a story. I'll tell you all about it next time.
The Old Goat Shed: Roof It Or Lose It © June 2016