Leveling under barn

jeniferkey(texas)January 6, 2011

I'm about to build a shedrow pole barn (24X36). Our ground slopes to the point that we had to put a drainage swale in front of the house, because in heavy rains the rain could come in the house.

I'm not sure how important leveling before putting in the pole barn is. We have extra dirt that can be moved to the barn site, but the tractor guy thinks it'll take a couple of days and cost around $1200. We could skip it and just put in the barn with the high side at the height we want and the down hill side taller, so it's level, even though the ground isn't. Then I thought maybe dig a ditch along the long high side, to get the water to go around the area.

But, if I ever wanted stalls in the barn, we'd have to get it level, so is it better to just do it now, even if it seems a high cost just to move dirt around our place?

Any thoughts? I'm just starting with a run in shed for the horses, and will add stalls later.

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lily51(OH 5)

I would say take the time and expense and have level ground. Otherwise you'll be forever and always fighting a slope and water.

We built the greenhouse (18' x 28') and an attached garden house (20' x 16') on the slope where the bank barn used to be (high winds blew it down in 2000)) My husband turned that site into a nice, gentle slope, not knowing we would want to build there again.

To make the greenhouse level, we had the site shaped as much as we could, then brought in tons of limestone to make the whole site the same elevation.

Once the greenhouse/building were built, brought in fill dirt to cover the stone and build up a bank around the greenhouse (the spot where the garden house is was level and we made the greenhouse meet it)

so glad we did it this way.
Best of luck on your venture.

    Bookmark   January 6, 2011 at 7:07PM
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jeniferkey(texas)

Thanks for the comment. I called the backhoe guy out today. The prices were really high for bringing out gravel/limestone, but leveling it with our own dirt isn't too bad, and it seems doing it right, now, is the best thing.

    Bookmark   January 7, 2011 at 11:49AM
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oregonwoodsmoke(5 OR Sunset 1A)

Do it right the first time. It'll save a lot of grief and expense later.

    Bookmark   January 7, 2011 at 2:29PM
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