Well since I finished the series on the various types of sheds we offer, I’ve decided it may be beneficial for some readers to learn more about the various types of Lofted Barns we sell too. So let’s kick this new series off with what I think is the most “bang for your buck” storage option that we offer, the handy dandy Lofted Barn.
Standard Features On Our Lofted Barns
4×6 Pressure Treated Runners
2×6 Pressure Treated Floor Joists on 16” Centers
¾” Pressure Treated Subfloors
2×4 Wall Studs on 16” Centers (24” Wall Stud Spacing on Metal Buildings)
2×4 Roof Trusses on 24″ Centers
Stock Metal or Shingle Roof with Astro Armor Reflective Insulation or 7/16″ OSB Sheathing
Gable Vents On Each End Wall
Two Interior Storage Lofts
8′ Wide Lofted Barns come with a 4′ Wood Door (36″ Fiberglass Door on Vinyl Lofted Barns)
10′-14′ Wide Lofted Barns come with Double 36″ Wood Doors (Fiberglass Doors on Vinyl Lofted Barns)
Diamond Plated Doorway Thresholds
Storage Space For Days (and Months)
Our Lofted Barns come with two interior overhead storage lofts offering more than 36” of vertical storage space in each loft. This makes for an excellent way to store items and totes that you don’t need that often…out of site and more importantly out of the way.
This is a perfect place to store the holiday decorations you only use once a year, or other seasonal gear and toys. Shocker, but this is also a great place to store hay and feed for your animals, hence the “barn” in the name.
What Goes Up, Must Come Down
The biggest downside of the interior overhead storage lofts is that they can easily become an unused dead space if the lofts are too deep. This is the main reason why I advise customers to keep the interior lofts in the 4’-6’ deep range depending on what you are planning on storing up there. Any bigger than that, and you may constantly find yourself having to crawl around in the back of the loft to get your stuff out of storage.
Prefab Vertical Space…It’s a Balance of Give & Take
In order to fit the large overhead storage lofts in our Lofted Barns, we have to cut the side walls down. This means that there is only 6’3” of clearance underneath the storage lofts. For smaller individuals this may not pose a problem, but if you are a taller person this can figuratively and literally be a pain. Just something to keep in mind with the Lofted Barn styles.
One of the reasons that I’ve said in past posts that I’m “pro-SHED,” is because I think they offer the perfect balance of functional vertical space (for activities where you may be lifting things over your head, ie: workshop, home gym, etc.) and actual storage space. So if you are a taller individual, you may want to look into some of our lofted shed styles like a Utility Shed or Garden Shed.
Another great option is our Lofted Handyman Barns, which come basically customized already for a number of tasks with an extra side door, three 2×3 windows, a workbench, and are by far my favorite lofted barn style building that we sell.