Wednesday, December 16, 2009

A Barn is Born-The Movie

A slideshow of the building of a storage barn in Northern Michigan (discussed in previous posting).

Drawings-sketchUp 7
Movie creation-imovie
Embedded from-My YouTube site.

Monday, December 7, 2009

A Barn is Born

Moondog Vineyards
This project is complete and was an exhilarating job to work on and coordinate. I was contacted by the owners of this brand-new vineyard last winter to discuss building a storage barn. They planted their first grapes this last spring and worked mightily on the vineyard, on the barn and the state of the art trickle irrigation system they had installed. Their plate was full.
They were interested in using green techniques and products. They wanted to do the project in phases. We started through the design process and worked through the different needs, wants and have-to-haves.
  • They needed storage for their farm equipment. Garage doors on each gable would allow for the tractor to pull in and pull out with efficiency
  • They wanted a second floor for storage but also for the future possibility of office space.
  • They needed a design that gave them the flexibility to add solar in the future.(photovoltaic and/or water heating)
The Inspiration

After some preliminary sketches and discussion, they found this design which became the inspiration. This is a barn house from The Netherlands designed by JagerJanssen Architects. It has such a modern sensibility and has some nice green elements. The roof and eave walls use a corrugated cement board product and the thinking was we would substitute metal panels. The wood siding on the gables invited us to use reclaimed siding from Odom's in Grawn, MI.

The Design and Drawing

The project was designed with these green elements in mind:
  • Cedar sill plates on sill seal.
  • 2x6 studs on 24" centers to allow for more insulation and less wood (O.V.E. framing)
  • Sheathed with OSB and wrapped with Typar. Additionally, we used a drain plane product to allow for an airspace on back side of wood siding.
  • Floor trusses-to eliminate beam and posts that would get in the way. Also 2x4 components in trusses use smaller trees than big 2x12's (which wouldn't span the 24' width.)
  • Trusses for roof system. Again smaller components, plus more efficient labor-wise.
  • Metal panels from McElroy Metal. These were chosen because they are manufactured in Marshall MI, well within a 500 mile radius of the job.
  • South facing sloping roof for future solar.
  • All windows were purchased from a window suppliers "dog" bin. These are misordered or display models. All were pan-flashed, window wrapped and spray foamed during installation. The majority (2nd story) are energy-star. All, but 1 fit within framing layout eliminating headers, which cuts down on thermal bridging.
  • They opted for finger jointed cedar T&G (found on Craigslist) from Charlevoix, MI. for gable ends.
The Finished Project

It was a great privilege to work on this project. I'd really like to thank McNeal Electric Inc., Mills Construction Inc., Jim Swanson, Skip Bryant and...
 Chantal and Mike