Extreme Barn Raising

A blog by Lands of America

Barn Pros is proud to collaborate with Lands of America – the leading online advertiser of American rural real estate - and present a new blog featuring an ongoing barn construction project.

Titled "Extreme Barn Raising," this blog will document a family's journey from property selection through final construction of the chosen Barn Pros barn. View the steps that you'd most likely encounter when you build your barn – steps such as property evaluation, utilities planning, site prep, construction and more.

 

What is the Most Popular Land in Your State?
May 2, 2012 by Allen Shannon

popular landDoes anyone have a way to tell what the most popular land is in your state? Any idea what the average price of property searched for is? The average size of property? What about the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th most popular counties?
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Government Listens to Public Outrage Over Sweeping Reform banning Minors from Participating on Farms, Withdraws Controversial Change
April 27, 2012 by Andrew S

farm participationThe LandsofAmerica.com office recently saw an article in the Daily Caller, proclaiming that there was a proposal from the Obama administration that would have "prevent[ed] children from doing farm chores." The article, seen here, states that the new rules would keep minors from working "in the storing, marketing, and transporting of farm product raw materials." In addition to this sweeping reform, this new plan would also revoke government approval of certifications earned in groups like 4-H and FFA and replace them with a 90 hour federal training program.
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These ain't your Grandpa's cows. In many cases this isn't your Grandpa's ranch anymore either.

April 26, 2012 by Andrew S

Land real estateAs referenced the last three months; Buying or selling real estate in today's market requires owner(s) or prospective owner(s) to understand more than just the comparative value of the investment they are about to transact. Add links to last 2 months if possible Last month we explored Farmland with Ag-Exchange Inc. This month we will look at Ranching with Timothy O'Neil of Oregon Land and Wildlife, LLC. a Participating broker with Cabela's Trophy Properties.
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LandsofAmerica.com Buyer's Journey: The Cherry on the Icing

April 25, 2012 by Allen Shannon

Barn windows installedIf the roof was the icing on top, then the doors and windows are the cherry on the icing! It's amazing to see how the doors and windows just dress the barn up to create an incredible look. It's also great to see the views of the lake from inside the barn. At this point, we're going to have to call this a Lodge and not a barn any more :)
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LandsofAmerica.com Buyer's Journey: The Icing on Top

April 17, 2012 by Allen Shannon

RoofingThe roof is definitely the "icing on the cake". There were about 8 guys that showed up and started laying down the sheets of roofing. The metal roofing had to be cut a lot because of the many pieces of trim, but it's looking great.
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Stop By and See Us this Thursday and Friday at the 22nd Annual Outlook for Texas Land Markets

April 16, 2012 by Andrew S

Annual Outlook for Texas MarketsIt's Texas A & M Land Conference time again!
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LandsofAmerica.com Buyer's Journey: Stain Brings Life

April 5, 2012 by Allen Shannon

Wrapping up the barnThe LandsofAmerica.com Buyer's barn looked really nice with the exterior wood almost complete. One thing was missing though - the stain. If you've ever stained wood then you know it's not easy. Most people make a mess out of it. The painting crew came out a couple days ago and have been working hard and making it look easy. These guys know what they're doing.
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Illinois Farmland - Have you heard?

April 3, 2012 By Andrew S

Wrapping up the barnAs referenced the last two months; Buying or selling real estate in today's market requires owner(s) or prospective owner(s) to understand more than just the comparative value of the investment they are about to transact. Last month we explored timber with Timberland Realty. This month we will look at Farmland with Stephanie Spiros, managing broker with Ag-Exchange Inc. and Participating broker with Cabela's Trophy Properties.
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Realtors Land Institute Conference

March 28, 2012 By Andrew S

Wrapping up the barnLandsofAmerica is wrapping up three great days in Denver, Colorado at the national Realtors Land Institute Conference.
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LandsofAmerica.com Buyer's Journey: Check Out this Week's Progress!

March 27, 2012 By Andrew S

Wrapping up the barnAfter our last update, the Barn Pros crew has been working hard to get the basic structure complete.
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LandsofAmerica.com Buyer's Journey: Wrapping up the Barn

March 19, 2012 By Allen Shannon

Wrapping up the barnWell we aren't wrapping up the barn project yet, but we are wrapping the entire outside with wood! Our LandsofAmerica.com Buyer is finally able to see the outside of the barn coming together. Right now the focus is building out the framing for the walls inside and getting the outside of the barn all finished.
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LandsofAmerica.com Buyer's Journey: More Progress on the Barn, and a New Pavilion

March 9, 2012 By Andrew S

A Real LodgeThis week's weather was wetter and colder than the last update from the barn-raising at our LandsofAmerica.com buyer's property, limiting the work that could be done, but the buyer sent in some small updates for our readers.
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Looking for Better Hunting This Fall? Try Planting a Food Plot!

March 6, 2012 By Andrew S

A Real LodgeWhile the deer season in most states is very short, there are simple things that can be done every season to ensure a great hunt in the fall. In spring, one of the most common preparations for deer is a food plot on your hunting land. While the below guide is by no means exhaustive, we hope it will encourage you to learn more about sustainable food plots as an alternative to corn feeders.
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Money Does Grow On Trees

March 1, 2012 By Andrew S

A Real LodgeAs referenced last month; Buying or selling real estate in today's market requires owner(s) or prospective owner(s) to understand more than just the comparative value of the investment they are about to transact. This month we will be exploring timber with Brian Bullard, managing broker for Timberland Realty and Participating broker with Cabela's Trophy Properties.
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A LandsofAmerica.com Buyers Journey: Barn Raising Progress Picks Up!

February 29, 2012 By Andrew S

A Real LodgeThe Barn Raising has really picked up speed this week, as we visited our LandsofAmerica.com buyer's property to see over twenty workers on-site doing a variety of tasks. The weather was gray and wet, which was great for the lake, but not so good for taking photos of the property.
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A LandsofAmerica.com Buyers Journey: Building Shelter for the Gun Range

February 24, 2012 By Allen Shannon

A Real LodgeThe plumbing is all roughed in and the walls upstairs are too. We are about ready for concrete to be poured at the barn. The RBI Team is taking a "big barn break" and constructing some really neat small buildings that Barn Pros carries.
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Finally, More Water!

February 22, 2012 By Andrew S

A Real LodgeEver since our LandsofAmerica.com buyer's property was purchased, the beautiful lakes included in the property have done nothing but get lower and lower. Texas experienced the worst drought of the past few decades, and is still reeling from the losses of agricultural product, deaths of thousands of trees, raging forest fires that lasted for weeks, and waterfront land and docks being left dry and far away from the dwindling lakes they were built on.
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A LandsofAmerica.com Buyers Journey: It's Looking Like a Real Lodge

February 17, 2012 By Allen Shannon

A Real LodgeWell it's starting to really come together and not look like a bunch of boards nailed to each other. The barn is transforming into a lodge and it's great being able to stand in the bedrooms to see what area they'll have; look from the upstairs to see the view it'll have over the den; stand in the equipment barn area to see what'll fit in there and what won't.
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LandofAmerica.com's Office Potluck

February 14, 2012 By Andrew S

PotluckLandsofAmerica.com had our first annual Feb 14th potluck dinner today at our national headquarters in Austin, Texas.
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A LandsofAmerica.com Buyers Journey: Placing Wood 35 Feet Off The Ground

February 9, 2012 By Allen Shannon

Support PolesThe SkyTrak is really coming in handy now. The RBI Team is 35 feet up in the air building the roof over the high point of the barn - the middle row. They have the frame portion done and are roofing it in now.
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What do you mean it's not worth what I paid for it!

February 7, 2012 By Andrew S

Support PolesBuying or selling real estate in today's market requires owner(s) or prospective owner(s) to understand more than just the comparative value of the investment they are about to transact. With the guarantee of real estate appreciation only a memory, the potential for financial miscalculation is now a very real possibility and must be understood as part of the equation. Establishing a sale price or deciding to purchase, based on what the neighboring property sold for may work for a tract house or condominium but could lead to a huge mistake when it comes to the sale or purchase of land, ranch and farm ground, waterfront or recreational properties.
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A LandsofAmerica.com Buyers Journey: The Wood is Everywhere

February 1, 2012 By Allen Shannon

Support PolesThe wood is starting to go up all over the barn now. The RBI Team has doubled in size and dust is stirring up around that barn site from all the activity like you wouldn't believe. It's awesome! We're going to just let the photos tell the story today...
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LandsofAmerica.com is proud to announce our new Interactive Map Search!

February 1, 2012 By Andrew S

Support PolesAfter much development we are happy to offer a much more robust, feature filled map search in response to a large demand by actual users on LandsofAmerica.com.
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A LandsofAmerica.com Buyers Journey: A Great Barn Builder Makes a Great Difference

January 30, 2012 By Allen Shannon

Support PolesOne thing this LandsofAmerica.com Buyer feels great about is the builder he chose to put the Barn Pros Barn together. The builder is RBI Construction which is based out of Tyler, Texas. They are experts when it comes to constructing Barn Pros barns. 
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A LandsofAmerica.com Buyers Journey: The Barn Site is Not Waterproof

January 26, 2012 By Allen Shannon

barn site is not waterproofWell our LandsofAmerica.com Buyer found out one thing this week - the barn site is not waterproof! Llano got at least an inch of rain over the last couple days and it came down fast. After it came down fast, it drained to... 
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A LandsofAmerica.com Buyers Journey: Can a Landowner Deduct If They Don't Materially Participate?

January 23, 2012 By Allen Shannon

Support PolesWe had a LandsofAmerica.com friend email us today about an IRS case that was taken to court over a land owner's participation coming into question regarding tax deductions: 
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A LandsofAmerica.com Buyers Journey: Check out the Upstairs

January 19, 2012 By Allen Shannon

Support PolesAll of the floor supports upstairs are now complete.  There might not be walls, a ceiling, or furniture, but it sure is exciting to see the actual floor. 
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We are Forever Changing the Way Land is Searched For

January 18, 2012 By Allen Shannon

The way we search for landOn February 1st of 2012, LandsofAmerica.com will unveil a brand new, cutting-edge, high-tech search tool for Land Buyers.  This is going to forever change the way rural real estate operates.    There is nothing like this online, anywhere.
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A LandsofAmerica.com Buyers Journey: Permanently Positioning the Support Poles With A Cement Truck

January 16, 2012 By Andrew S

Support Poles While it was a bit overcast the rain held off this morning, so the cement truck was able to use the roads into the property as planned. It seemed like overkill to bring a full size cement truck, but those 30 giant holes used almost all the cement in the truck!
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A LandsofAmerica.com Buyers Journey: The Massive 30 Foot Tall Structural Posts Go Up

January 13, 2012 By Allen Shannon

Selecting a building The massive posts are all almost in place!  The building team has done a lot of work in the last couple days and done it quickly.  They've got to take advantage of the beautiful weather.
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A LandsofAmerica.com Buyers Journey: Drilling the Holes for Structural Posts

January 9, 2012 By Allen Shannon

Selecting a building We've now made a huge project transition from the team building the pad site to the team that's going to be building the barn.  The barn building team showed up on site and without wasting any time started drilling the 30 holes that each are 30 inches wide and up to 8 feet deep.  Yes 8 feet deep!!
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A LandsofAmerica.com Buyers Journey: Buy a Ranch, Get a Free Truck!

January 5, 2012 By Andrew S

Selecting a building During the drought in 2011,  the lake level at the LandsofAmerica.com buyer's property has steadily decreased. There are creeks, springs, and lakes in the surrounding areas going dry that have never (that anyone can remember) gone dry before.  Despite the obvious negative effects of the drought, our buyers made an amazing discovery they never would have made without it!
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A LandsofAmerica.com Buyers Journey: The Barn Pad is Complete

December 30, 2011 By Allen Shannon

Selecting a building What would have taken a week to get done, turned into 7 weeks because of the rain that settled in on Texas.  It's been many weeks of rain showers.  When it wasn't raining, it was cold and overcast, so the muddy roads never dried out.  When you're having to deal with large equipment like this project requires, the ground can be moist, but not sopping wet or the weight will create huge ruts, the previous work will be ruined, and the project can't be completed.
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A LandsofAmerica.com Buyers Journey: The Rains Continue!

December 19, 2011 By Andrew S

Selecting a building As the rain continues to pour at the worksite for the Extreme Barn Raising, we have time to browse LandsofAmerica.com listings for dream properties. This gorgeous property with six miles of river frontage caught our eye and we thought we'd feature it here for our blog followers today. We will keep updating with the status of the land and the Extreme Barn Raising as we get more information.
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A LandsofAmerica.com Buyers Journey: Waiting for Dry Land

December 15, 2011 By Allen Shannon

Selecting a building The rain has come! We've been continually checking on the ranch for a week now waiting for the land to dry up. It's been constant wet weather every single day since a few days before the barn was delivered. We're not going to complain about that though because the rain is so deperately needed. Right now it's a blessing for the land, but a curse for construction.
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A LandsofAmerica.com Buyers Journey: The Barn Materials have Arrived!

December 8, 2011 By Allen Shannon

Selecting a building The barn materials have arrived at the ranch from Barn Pros!! Our LandsofAmerica Buyer can now see the actual wood that this barn is going to be constructed with. As with any project, a challenge popped up over the weekend at the ranch as there was over an inch of rain that fell.
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A LandsofAmerica.com Buyers Journey: The Barn is Ready and On Trucks in Washington

December 5, 2011 By Allen Shannon

Selecting a building The barn is on it's way from Washington State! It's loaded up on 2 semi-trucks and they're headed south. This delivery of the barn is one of the most important steps of the entire process.
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A LandsofAmerica.com Buyers Journey: Roll, Compact... Repeat

December 2, 2011 By Allen Shannon

Selecting a building Every building has to have a solid foundation, and our LandsofAmerica.com Buyer's barn is no exception. Here is a small part of the construction crew, one using a SKIDsteer, the other using a road roller, rolling and compacting the pad for the barn.
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A LandsofAmerica.com Buyers Journey: The First Level of Foundation is in Place

November 29, 2011 By Allen Shannon

Selecting a building The Vincik Team has been moving a lot of base from the side of the mountain on the property to the barn site.  It's really taking shape nicely. They've filled in the entire pad with about 2 good feet of base.  They've also gone over the circle driveway and other roadways they're building.
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A LandsofAmerica.com Buyers Journey: Building the Foundation for the Barn has Begun!

November 23, 2011 By Allen Shannon

Selecting a building It's official - the Extreme Barn Raising in the Hill Country has begun! The equipment started working today to get the pad site built. It's not just any pad site either. Because of the elevation change at the ranch and specifically this location, at the front of the site, the pad is going to be built up 7 feet off the ground. Yes 7 feet!
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Having Fun Stocking Rainbow Trout

November 22, 2011 By Andrew S

Selecting a building Have fun stocking rainbow trout in your private pond, lake, or creek. It's a great way to have serious winter fishing fun, great tasting fish, and even feed other fish like largemouth bass.
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A LandsofAmerica.com Buyers Journey: Locating a Barn Company

November 18, 2011 By Allen Shannon

Locating a Barn Company The decision has been made for a wood barn that will include a living space in it.  Now the LandsofAmerica Buyer has to decide who the company will be that supplies this barn.  They found out quickly that there are two options out there for a barn:  1.) custom built barn or 2.) a barn kit.  Which will it be?
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LandsofTexas Magazine Announcement!

November 17, 2011 By Allen Shannon

Selecting a buildingThe new LandsofTexas magazine is being delivered! To get your copy, go to landsoftexasmagazine.com. Here, you can sign up to get the magazine delivered to you in the future, or read the articles in the "eMagazine."
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A LandsofAmerica.com Buyers Journey: Selecting a Building

November 16, 2011 By Allen Shannon

Selecting a building The two essentials any piece of land really needs are now installed for the LandsofAmerica Buyer's ranch - Electricity and a Well.  There is even water from the well to use now.  The next step?  A structure for our Buyer's family and friends to sleep and protect their ranch equipment.
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A LandsofAmerica.com Buyers Journey: The Water Well Becomes Useful

November 14, 2011 By Allen Shannon

water wellWe're getting really close to our LandsofAmerica Buyer having running water on the ranch. There is now a well dug and the electric has just been installed. The next step is to get a well pump. In order to decide on which well pump to get, it must be determined how much water per minute the well is going to need to pump. This particular well is capable of generating 60+ gallons of water per minute based on the test the well drillers performed.
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A LandsofAmerica.com Buyers Journey: Getting Electric Setup

November 11, 2011 By Allen Shannon

Electrical installationOur LandsofAmerica.com Buyer now has a hole down through the earth to the water from the well that was drilled. It'd be great to go ahead and start getting water out for use, but in order to do that one thing is needed to pump it out - electricity. These days there are actually many different options in order to get electricity to run a well pump or even an entire house. Besides getting the traditional "electric line" from the local electric company, there are options of solar and wind generated electricity. It is not easy to find exact information about these alternative sources, so our Buyer decided to run the "electric line" and look into alternative sources later.
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A LandsofAmerica.com Buyers Journey: The Property Search

November 8, 2011 By Allen Shannon

property searchWell hello folks!  We are ready to take you on the journey of a LandsofAmerica.com visitor who's been searching for their "perfect" property.  They've been dreaming and saving their nickels up for many years to get their piece of this great country.  After tossing and turning many nights dreaming about the perfect property and where it's ultimate location would be, they settled on the Hill Country in central Texas.
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Introducing the LandsofAmerica Blog and the Extreme Barn Raising

November 7, 2011 By Allen Shannon

Introducing Lands of AmericaIntroducing the new voice for and to the rural real estate community nationwide!  Once again, we have listened to our broker and buyer community which is made up of the 600,000 people who visit our network of websites.  We are using this new section of the websites to do our best to inform, announce, and educate about all types of subjects related to rural property for sale in America.
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