We knew from the beginning that our little barn would be too small for all our stuff. The decision finally came to build the big barn. This was always part of our homestead plan. We decided that our homestead could be built in phases to help spread out the costs over a greater period of time. So we begin by contacting builders. We started on the web and found several great resources. Many builders only built pole barns. We wanted a stick built barn, something to last the ages (Steve was thinking in terms of centuries). Plus, we wanted a second floor that would have a look of a "dormer look" so it could better match our home when we built that. Also, extra storage is always a plus!
So, a quote document was created and went off to various builders for quotes. As quotes began coming in, we realized these were a bit out of our price range. After much deliberation, we looked at the plans and decided we could build this barn ourselves. The important part of this was to have a design that we (2 people) could build easily. We had already built 2 other smaller sheds/barns so we decided, why not?
Below is the bid document that was sent out.