Building a Goat Barn #14: Covering the Roof

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Blog entry by David Bareford posted 11-11-2014 04:14 PM 1625 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 13: Purlin Madness Part 14 of Building a Goat Barn series Part 15: Cordwood Walls at last! »

If you’ve been following this blog series at all, you’ll know it’s been a lo-o-o-ong time since my last entry. Rest assured, I haven’t been idle—quite the contrary, I’ve been too busy to think about documenting and photographing a lot of the work. But, here’s a catch up of the roof.

Rafters and purlins make a great roof for a gazebo, but a lousy roof for a barn to keep out rain. The covering starts with burlap. While not strictly necessary, the first layer is the one that will be seen from the inside of the barn, so the burlap adds a more rustic look than simply the underside of the EPDM pond liner, which will follow.

We tacked down the ones around the edges and up near the cupola, but most will simply be held down by the weight of the roof atop them:

Once that was accomplished, we hauled up huge sheets of pond liner. Man, is that stuff heavy! I don’t have any pictures of this, because I was too busy overexerting myself…

Any that, it was time for dirt. Because this will be a living roof, it needs dirt to grow. I rigged up a simple lever arm to lift 5-gallon buckets of dirt to roof level. and a couple of wonderful neighbors even came over to help. A few of us filled buckets on the ground, a couple of people operated the “crane,” and a roof person spread the dirt around. Eventually, it looked like this and we spread grass seed:

Then covered it with hay to keep the birds off:

After a good watering, the rest was up to nature, so we turned our attention to the walls.

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#1 posted 11-12-2014 05:55 AM


The barn is coming along nicely, but it certainly seems like a lot of work! That must have taken many, many gunnysacks. Nice job.


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#2 posted 11-13-2014 07:54 AM

That is Awesome, can’t wait for next part.

-- Measure twice, cut once, cut again for good measure.

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