When looking at land for sale, the question of how you will use the land quickly comes to mind. Though you can keep your land as-is, adding buildings to your farmland can make it more usable and valuable. Many people only consider building a home and/or a barn; however, buying land for sale comes with a great benefit– you can grow crops and raise animals. To take advantage of this benefit, adding other structures on the land are helpful in addition to the traditional house and a barn.
Let’s take a look at some different structures that would be of great use on your farmland.
In addition to chickens, horses are another popular animal people purchase when they buy land for sale. To house horses, you’ll need a stable. Stables provide a place for horses to get out of the weather, eat grain, and be groomed. Stables typically consist of a building with individual stalls inside. The size can vary greatly from small stables that only have one or two stalls, to large stables that have dozens of stalls.
When adding stables to your farmland don’t forget to include an area for storage as you’ll need a place to put feed, saddles, and grooming supplies.
Barndominiums are one of the newest buildings that people have been adding to their farmland. Barndominiums consist of a living area in a barn. Small barndominiums are usually a one-bedroom apartment connected to a mid-sized barn. A small barndominium allows a farmhand to stay on the property without having to build a separate dwelling. However, barndominiums can be as small or as large as you want. The current trend is to have a multi-bedroom house and a large barn all under one roof.
The benefit to a barndominium is that you only have to run power and water to one dwelling and you’ll save on construction costs since it is all one foundation, frame, and roof. Barndominiums don’t always have to have a traditional barn connected to them, they can also be connected to a stable or a large workshop.
You could also add a barndominium that has multiple smaller apartments with a centralized barn or shop area if you had multiple people or families that needed to live on-site. They really can be custom to your needs.
Once you have introduced animals to the farm, you are going to need somewhere to store all of the grain they require. Silos are the answer. Silos are large cylindrical structures that you often see in picturesque photos of farms. Silos can store grain for the animals or excess corn supply from crops. They are vented at the top to release any dangerous gas buildup.
Silos are a great addition to the farm to keep stores through the winter. Like chicken coops, many people customize their silos to show personality by painting murals or family emblems.
If plants instead of animals are more your style, add a greenhouse to your land. Greenhouses are structures made out of glass, vinyl, or plastic materials that let in a lot of natural light while remaining at a constant temperature. They keep plants and crops out of harsh weather conditions such as snow in the winter.
Greenhouses are a great addition to any farm to keep enjoying your farm fresh vegetables year-round. They can be of any size depending on your needs, though many farmland owners opt to build multiple rather than one large one to regulate temperatures better.
Once you have bought land for sale, you’ll likely need somewhere to store things. Simple structures such as sheds or pole barns can provide a great place to store farming equipment out of the elements. Sheds are usually wood frames with wood or tin siding and roofs, whereas pole barns are typically just supporting wood frames with a roof and no walls. Each of them is better for different things. Sheds can be helpful if your equipment needs to stay dry, whereas pole barns are helpful for larger equipment that needs to stay out of the sun or storing extra hay.
Pole barns can also be in pastures for animals to take shelter under during inclement weather. Sheds and pole barns are cost-effective versatile structures to add to your land.
Like barns, workshops are flexible buildings to add to your farmland. They can provide an indoor place to work on machinery, for woodworking, or even for vehicle maintenance. They tend to store all of the smaller tools and needs around the farm and sometimes act as a garage for farm trucks, ATVs, and utility vehicles. Workshops can even have air-conditioning if you need it!
In addition to a farmhouse, adding a cabin to your farmland can provide many uses. Some people with a lot of land will put a cabin away from the farmhouse so that they have a shelter closer to where there is work to be done. Additionally, a cabin can function as a getaway from your home in another city, as housing for farmhands, or as shelter when hunting.
A popular trend with land buyers is to build a cabin that is rented out to vacationers that want to escape the hustle and bustle, therefore, providing the landowner with extra income.
Chickens are one of the first animals people raise on a farm as they are high-producing, take up little square footage, and are relatively easy to care for. In order to raise chickens, you’ll need a chicken coop. A chicken coop is typically a ventilated building that houses the chickens and provides them roosting quarters to lay eggs.
Chicken coops come in all shapes and sizes, though the design is dependent on the number of chickens you want to raise. In the chicken coop, you should plan for eight to twelve inches of roosting space per chicken. In addition to the roosting quarters in the chicken coop, you’ll need about 10 square feet of outdoor space per chicken. Many people choose to fence in the outdoor space as it can be difficult to chase them down.
Don’t be afraid to have some fun with your chicken coop! Many people put all kinds of personality into their coops with fun colors, comical designs, and even decor!
When looking for land for sale, consider these innovative buildings you can add to that farmland. Whether it be a small barndominium or a large workshop, adding structures to your land can not only bring function to the land but is also great for resale value.
Andrea Erickson is a contributor to Innovative Building Materials. She is a blogger and content writer for the real estate industry. Andrea is focused on helping fellow homeowners, contractors, and architects discover materials and methods of construction that increase property value, maximize energy savings, and turn houses into homes.