A baby barn is basically an outdoor structure built for additional storage. Some people call them mini barns, sheds, or storage barns but no matter what they are called they are outbuildings designed for additional storage.
Baby barns come in different sizes and styles so your needs will be determined by what you want to store. So figure out what you need to store in your barn, this will help you decide as to the size you may need. Generally most store garden tools, lawn mowers, snow blowers, lawn furniture, house hold items.
You can buy a barn that is custom made, these are better built and in most cases can be made to match your homes roofing and siding. Or you could get a barn as a kit but I would consider these more as a temporary solution, these don’t have much to them, generally there’s just enough lumber and materials to build a kit and that’s it.
If you’re handy with tools you could build your own barn, the advantage is that you get a better quality barn while saving money by building it yourself. There are a number of places on the internet such as an online book store to get plans or you local home improvement store should have plans or books for sale with lots of ideas for you to chose from.
Shingles have changed in the past few years, it used to be that shingles were made from asphalt materials but today manufactures have switched from making asphalt shingles to making fiberglass shingles. Shingles come in a variety of colors and made by a number of different manufacturers, they come in a regular 3 tab or architectural shingles. Architectural shingles are more costly than regular 3 tab shingles so this is something to be aware of.
When shopping around for a custom made barn built by a professional, check the floor structure. Was it constructed using 2×4 or 2×6 lumber. If it was built using 2×4 lumber it doesn’t make as good a floor, it’s a weak floor and quite bouncy.
2×6 is a much better choice, it stiffens the floor and makes a much stronger floor and it doesn’t need to have short post placed under the floor to add support.
Was the floor sheathed using plywood, tongue and grooved boards or was it constructed with OSB (oriented strand board)?. My choice would be to use plywood or tongue and groove boards, I would personally never use OSB on the floor, it won’t last over time and if it gets wet it swells.
If you have a newly built home and would like to get a barn that matches your homes siding and roofing, make sure that what the contractor has told you about the colours of the vinyl siding and roofing are correct. If he tells you that the siding and roofing are a certain colour, don’t accept what he has told you blindly, most home builders are building more than one home and it can be quite a job to keep track of what the colours of siding and roofing are for each home that has been constructed, it’s quite easy to make a mistake on the colours.
Go get a set of samples and check to make sure that the colours are correct before placing an order. Place the samples up next to the siding and compare or have the professional barn builder come by and double check for you. Making sure that the siding and roofing the contractor has told you is correct can save a lot of headaches and extra money having to replace the roofing and siding on your baby barn, especially when you order a barn and it gets delivered only to find out that the siding and roofing doesn’t match your home.