Maine farm barns are a wonderful sight to see.
Especially today when many of the original barns on a Maine farm are long gone. The cost of money and sweat equity effort to keep a Maine farm barn healthy is substantial. Especially if the barn is not used, paying for itself.
The hay lofts of a Maine farm barn are not all used for square, rectangular bales or loose hay like they were first intended when under construction.
The large groups of friends, families and community members who pitched in for the barn raising was a beautiful sight to behold.
Kids running around, large meals prepared to feed the crew raising the barn. Putting the beams into place and hoisting them into position. Especially when you consider everything was hand done and not having the crane to lift the beams and walls of a barn into place.
Other uses for a Maine farm barn besides storage of feed for the animals in the extensions on the first level are plentiful today. Weddings, family reunions, for meetings, and barn parties for social and business use are popping up in Maine and elsewhere.
When the Maine farm barn has a use to generate an income, it is easier to find the money to preserve the structure.
To maintain the roof, keep the sills healthy and in place.
Cables for stablization, cross members for support all part of the job jar that comes with a Maine barn. That is dangerous to climb up into whether you are scared of heights or not.
Re-roofing, siding or painting whatever covers the barn if not weather cedar shingles, board and baton or clapboard is a big financially endeavor. More about old farm barns and special care these old structures need.
How much does it cost to build a barn today? A lot of questions have to be answered to tackle that one? Metal, wood or what for siding? What about the roof of the barn... asphalt, metal, cedar shingles or something made to look old but of new material to last longer?
What about the foundation of the farm barn in Maine? Make the right choice. On posts, pole barn, a foundation of field stone, concrete and how deep are we talking? Or does the barn rest on a slab?
With the earthwork under that concrete to make sure drainage is right, the run of of water can happen.
We get weather in Maine remember?
The northwest winds make the barn creak and grown. The glass in the barn, the doors to look like the original designs all cost more because they are not the materials or styles everyone uses daily.
Hardware to look like the antique period barn of yesteryear often means finding one to rob "parts" from to create something that looks like a blend of old and new.
Some Maine farm barns have milk parlors and stanchions to hold the dairy cattle in place. Gutter cleaners to make waste removal easier too. Or today's barn set up for a front end loader to zip in and out in a matter of minutes.
Labor is harder to find now that Maine farms are not producing families with 8, 10 and more children in them to work the land.
The cost to create a barn, to replace the one a Maine country property had but is long gone also has to consider the type of doors, the ventilators on top for the style. That originally were use to get rid of moisture. Hay that is wet, heats up and causes fires is not a friend of a Maine farm barn.
The new farm barn can be small, efficient, and fit the size of the agriculture happening around it too.
Wings off the barn or machine sheds can be run ins for the critters. To get the animals out of the wind, rain, snow and any elements that show up in the daily Maine forecast.
Barns in Maine to go with the house, the other buildings needed to be pretty much self sufficient.
Are you after the country lifestyle of living, hankering a Maine farm with the barn?
I was lucky enough to grow up on a Maine farm. Own a barn and the old family Maine farmhouse that I purchased from my three older brothers after my Mom passed away a few years back.
In our family for over 103 years, the barn, the farm buildings, lots of open land and woodlots are pretty special to me.
And a big source of the memories made growing up for myself and my four kids.
Conventional with high tech many row, GPS driven diesels.
Or simpler, organic farming in Maine, there is a movement to know what you put on the family table.
What you eat, where it came from and being a micro farmer in Maine is catching on. Raising animals, growing crops, heck even hops farming is all happening in Maine. But you have to be cut out to be a farmer in Maine.
Or have a ticket, something that pays the bills if the farm in Maine is approached from hobby, just a past time point of view.
To live in a Gentleman farmstyle mode where the pressure to make money and chase the dollar is not so severe.
Farming has a learning curve and a positive attitude helps. "Breaking even" is considered a great year for the farmer in Maine in it for the long haul.
You get to stay on the farm in Maine, scratching the dirt to eek out an existence that is real, raw, humbling.
Creating wealth from the good rich soil. Mother Earth.
But the fresh air, not being pinned to the wall by an office desk or choked by a too tight corporate tie. How can you beat being away from all that? Your happiness comes at a high price living, fighting traffic and round the clock crime in the concrete jungle.
Have had past farm property in Maine buyers say they dread heading back down Interstate 95 to go to a family wedding, a funeral, school graduation in say Rhode Island, New Jersey, etc.
To leave the state to return to the populated areas where folks are just not so happy campers. They remember like an ice cold shower why they moved North to escape the harshness of the hustle bustle in the city where eight out of ten of us live these days.
Either way you want it, here to help in the real estate rural farming matchmaking operation. Love to help you find the Maine farm property or just the land and to construct the buildings one at a time.
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