Little barn has big potential

Project of the week

Old McDonald himself would be proud of this do-it-yourself backyard barn project. It's a great way to add valuable storage space, or use it as a workshop, a shelter for bikes and equipment, a gardener's potting shed or even a playhouse for the young children. It's sturdy, good looking and it never rusts. And unlike the real thing, this barn can be raised by one or two people in a couple of weekends.

The framing is basic -- except for a 2-by-8 ridge beam, the entire frame is built from standard 8-foot-long 2-by-4s. Construction is straightforward: First, build the front, back and side frames individually and assemble on top of concrete blocks. After installing the plywood floor, nail on the roofing and siding and build and hang the door. To finish, nail shingles to the roof and paint. The barn may be painted the traditional red with white trim or the builder may choose to paint it to match the house.

The project measures 8 feet long by 6 feet wide by 8 feet tall, but it can be enlarged with some minor adjustments.

The Little Barn plan, No. 461, is $9.95 and includes step-by-step instructions with photos, construction diagrams and a complete shopping list and cutting schedule.

A package of shed plans, No. C68, is $21.95 and includes this plan plus plans for two other storage buildings. A catalog picturing hundreds of do-it-yourself projects is $3.95. Prices include postage and handling. Please allow about four weeks for delivery (for rush delivery, add $1 per item up to $3 maximum and allow about two weeks).

To order by mail, clip this article and send it with a check or money order to U-Bild Features, c/o Lawrence Journal-World, P.O. Box 2383, Van Nuys, Calif. 91409. To order by credit card, call (800) 828-2453. Visit U-Bild on the Web at www.u-bild.com.

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