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David Sparks Ph.d Renovating your Barn
by David Sparks Ph.d, click here for bio

Program: Line on Agriculture
Date: November 15, 2018

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Nothing says farm more than a big red barn. Charming, an icon of rural America. But what if that fabled old barn has structural problems, roof leaks, no insulation when insulation is desirable. Is it time to move on? How do you determine whether to renovate an existing farm structure or build a new one?  Dan Nyberg, training manager for Morton Buildings, offers some helpful guidelines. “A remodel can be the best option if the basic structure can effectively accommodate your equipment for the foreseeable future. That is based on the buildings height and width and door sizes. The building may have family significance like it was built by grandpa and we are going to keep it as one of our memories of him. Or there may be a pressing need this structure can fulfill with some modification based on estimated cost and return.

When planning a renovation Nyberg says, you should make an evaluation of the cost and ultimate use of the building

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