Precision Barn Builders, LLC
The last man to leave the job is the painter.... We'd say he did a FINE job! Thank you, Jan and Gaye, for the privilege of building your beautiful Georgia barn. We are proud to be your choice in Georgia barn builders.
Gravity fed watering system is now installed which will allow easy and fast delivery of water to stall buckets.
This county's code required the loft door to be sealed and insulated. So, we hand built it to code.
Separate weather proof and horse safe switches control the stall fan and light for each stall.
2 x 6 T&G pine covers the walls of the wash rack. Inside features include shelves, heater, wash/rack wand. Also shown is the rear sliding door.
There is a window at the rear of each stall. A "one piece shutter" allows closing and opening of the window.
The stairs leading to the loft are located in the rough sawn finished tack room.
In the inside of the tack room, the owner's opted for an "outhouse" look entering the toilet area. Fun!
On the "inside" of the barn, we use "exterior doors" entering the office and tack rooms to prevent bug and rodent entry.
The owner's choice of Armour Gate Stall Fronts are installed. Notice the manner in which the doors align with the grills; it flows uniformly.
Mats precisely fit stall floors - they are "fitted". Also, if you look carefully, you can see the very gentle slope of the concrete that allows you to wash out the stall floor and have the water escape the back of the stall. You can see the slope if you look at the width of the wooden trim.
When you stand on one end of a horse aisle and look across the stall fronts, do they "wave" or do they "align" such that they flow in a perfectly straight line? To have the stalls align, the concrete and framing must be precise. Can you imagine hanging pre-fabricated drapery around the windows of poorly framed walls and slightly uneven foundation? When you visit barns, look closely at the stall headers and you'll see a hint about the overall quality of the barn construction.
We "string line" all stall headers so that all stall fronts are uniform; flowing with each other rather than "up and down".
Industrial fan for agricultural use (also called a "chicken house fan") is operational with cupola and key to keeping comfortable with air flow.
16 x 48 loft interior. Notice the additional light created by side skylights. (Electric lights and cupola are soon on their way).
Our customers wanted a little finer finish in the barn office, so we finished the walls with 1 x 6 white pine T&G.
R30 insulation is being installed in the ceiling of the office and R11 insulation is being installed in the walls.
This photo shows, again, the pressure treated plate along with 1 x 10 pine rough sawn interior boards constructing stall walls.
We are covering the insulated walls with foil on foil bubble wrap insulation. (Full coverage showing also). The bubble wrap insulation acts as a moisture barrier for the wash rack. It's important to prevent moisture from reaching the interior of the walls.
Rough sawn pine front of office and tack room.
Loving quality construction, we really like everything this photo shows. First, notice the pressure treated kick plate running along the perimeter. We used pressure treated lumber wherever lumber touches the ground, concrete or where there will be moisture.
You can see the engineered loft floor system set on 16" centers. Rather than using standard 2 x 12s, the I-Joists provide greater strength while being lighter weight.
See the side walls of 2 x 4 lathing on 2' centers. The wall studs run vertical. Many barn builders don't run studs AT ALL or some run them just beside the windows. Then, what the other barn builders do is to place horizontal boards attached to the posts. Running the lathing as we do requires a lot more time and materials cutting the wood and nailing. However, the result is a wall that is two times as strong and durable AND you have less open space for unwanted critters (the one barn cats particularly like) to squeeze in and get into your barn. It's a tighter barn when you don't cut construction corners.
Our hefty hand-built sliding doors are mounted on a sturdy track system. It is work such as this that separates the construction worker from the craftsmen carpenter/dedicated Georgia barn builder.
Slider door is now complete which provides a side entrance to the barn and easy access from the field to the wash rack.
Finishing up the metal siding on the back of the barn. We hope our 1/2 clad crew doesn't offend the reader. Our men typically begin work at 7:00 a.m. and are off the job at 5:00 p.m. - regardless of the weather. This June is a hot one and in 97 degree heat, with gatorade and half their clothes, they push through it.
Metal is completed under shed side, box for office H&A system, framed for hand-built sliding door to function as side entrance via the wash rack.
Applying the metal siding.
The top metal is on! Now, Mother Nature can rain all she wants... we are working inside!
Continuing to put the metal on the roof... this photo shows the insulation that, along with the cupola, will help keep this barn comfortable during hot summer days.
Let's get the metal on the roof! While we are working on this 8/12 pitch, we'll put the cupola up.
Studding up outer stall walls. We cover our stalls walls on both the inside of the stall and outside. Double sided walls give greater strength to your barn. And, yes - your horse may not kick for sake of kicking, but you'll be glad you have this quality in your barn the day Bessie is laying down in her stall and kicks to get herself moving to stand up. Barns should be built for the safety of what a horse is capable of doing. Other than the divider of a foaling stall wall, if the outside wall of your barn is ALSO the inside wall of your stall - you've built a barn that might be nice for storing hay; not animals. Any Georgia barn builder can build a pretty barn - make sure you choose a Georgia barn builder that can build a tough barn.
Brennan Healey is pictured here. Brennan works with us in the summer and we're happy to have him back. Last year he learned how a knot hole can deflect the nail in a nail gun "experientially" and got to pull that steel out of his finger. He must share our sentiments that barn building is worth the minor injury here and there because he's back for more. In this picture, Brennan is glueing down a pressure treated plate. This is an optional step, but one we feel is valuable as it keeps creepy things out of your tack room like water, bugs or, maybe even the occasional "haint". Gotta watch those "haints" that Grandpa told you about. : - )
Rafters and lathing complete on both sides of the barn. The outside is now ready for metal. Once we get metal on, our work schedule is less affected by what mother nature dishes out for weather conditions, too.
Monitor rafters on left side complete. Lathing complete on right side.
You can't improve on a barn builder's office view of a sunrise. Pictured are the right side rafters.
Completion of top monitor trusses and lathe.
Erecting loft walls. Feels like a barn is being built!
Subfloor adhesive is being applied to I-Joists. Yes, a squeaky loft is romantic- but not on one of our new barns! Also, crew is laying T&G Advantage Subfloor.
LVL I-Joists Silent Floor System (required to meet Forsyth county code - so, lots of folks can safely party in this loft!)
All builders are wary about concrete cracking and we apply extra steps, not required by agricultural building code, to ward against cracking or attracting unwanted moisture conditions. No one can guarantee your concrete won't over time crack, but we can do our best to take every precautionary step to ward against it. Prior to pouring the concrete, we install a wire mesh and moisture barrier. You tell us - is this worth paying for? We believe it is. This is yet another reason why a barn built by Precision Barn Builders is not the cheapest among your barn bids. We believe, however, that the difference is worth paying for and we stand on our word that we offer you the greatest value for the price of your barn.
This photo also shows the solid posts and a closer view of the pier into which the post is placed. Later, the post/foundation area is back-filled with dirt and properly compacted.
Constructing your Georgia pole barn is interesting and fun. We've designed this documentary to educate customers about the process with particular emphasis on building techniques that assure your barn's comfortable, low-maintenance long life.
Damon Hunt and Customers finalize the barn plans having discussed objectives, functional features, preferences and budget. Once we give you a signed proposal - that is your price. Any change in price only occurs if you decide to add more to your project and you'll find our fees for add-ons or the rare change order fair and logical.
All permits obtained, inspections gained, utility contractors in the loop - - - grading begins to prepare a level building site with proper drainage.
When your contractor is also your builder, attention to detail is a given. A smooth trowel finish is applied to surfaces such as the office, bath, tack and feed rooms. However, the aisle and wash rack will have a lightly textured horse-safe footing to discourage slipping. This is also a great time to be thinking of any favorite horse shoes you may like to memorialize in the concrete.
When concrete begins pouring the men stay with the job until it is done. Business hours? Hardly. The job is done when the concrete is finished which is on the concrete's time clock; not ours!
Another extra step that we take when building our barns is sealing the concrete. Sealant costs money. Again, this could be a corner that we could cut and there is no inspector that cares and the barn owner would never know if they were not aware of the benefit of sealing. When you seal concrete, you can always pressure wash it to it's original clean appearance. If you don't seal it, clay stains are permanent. We think the advantage is worth the price of sealant and labor to apply it. If you don't want your concrete sealed, we will leave it out of the bid. But, when you get an initial bid from us, it will always include sealing the concrete unless the owner specifically requests the omission.
If you are shopping for your Georgia horse barn contractor, be aware of how your builder describes the posts used to support your Georgia pole barn. Look closely at these pictures. Our posts are solid 6 x 6 pieces of wood - NOT three 2x6s long pieces of wood slapped together to form a 6 x 6 dimension. In Georgia, this has become a common building technique and it will pass inspection as barns fall under agricultural building codes and can subscribe to lower standards. However, you don't have to have an engineering degree to be fully aware of the difference in strength between a solid piece of wood and 3 pieces stuck together to form the same shape. Why would a builder cut this corner? Price and ease of construction. We'd rather pay more for a 6 x 6 solid post to do the job right and muster the muscle and equipment to get the heavy poles in the air. You didn't see the old-timers who built long standing barns cutting corners with construction. They had the option to slice their wood thinner, too. We'd like the same old-timer pride and responsible building ethic associated with our barns long after we are gone. Trees are too precious to build a barn that's only good for 25 - 40 years.
Solid wood posts are sunk 3' deep into pier holes bottom lined with concrete. Form boards shape the perimeter of the barn. You'll notice top bands offering further support to the posts as they remain in place while we prepare complete the pre-foundation work.