People get up everyday and worry about the craziest things. Truth be known I am a Prepper. No lie. Many folks in modern, metro America probably think I am crazy. I don’t. Here’s why: The United States and North America in particular has the highest rate of natural catastrophes on Earth.
The North American continent is exposed to every type of hazardous weather peril – tropical cyclone, thunderstorm, winter storm, tornado, wildfire, drought and flood. One reason for this is that there is no mountain range running east to west that separates hot from cold air.
Whether or not the shift in weather is anthropogenic is irrelevant; what is relevant is the fact that here in East Tennessee we are getting storms which have never been seen before. Weather, though, is not the only reason. Geopolitical concerns also motivated my decision to initiate this customization. Whether it be North Korea, global financial crisis with the understanding that $10.8 Trillion dollars are insured by $33 Billion dollars by and through the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC); with the US Government’s anticipation of over 30,000 drones anticipated over United States skies by the end of the decade and the lowest levels of cattle production ever recorded in 60 years I became aware that the 14+ acres I live on in Grainger County, Tennessee, need to become more active. The reality is that Natural Disaster is going to strike you or someone you know several times in your life if you live in the United States.
So, I have been working about 3 years now on a F-4 resistant home. The shell for the project was a gambrel style barn on my father-in-law’s farm. The first thing we did was roll the barn, the land, the well and all water, mineral and timber rights and the pond into a trust in our son’s name so that the very same vampires whom come around on behalf of the banks will never pay a visit to us! To further ensure that incompetent Contractors do not stray upon the land we have employed a wide array of deterrents and I will leave it at that. So, since the land was legally taken care of we decided to get underway.
The original print of the barn came from a 1932 USDA two story barn. The lumber was Oak and rough sawed on site and has been curing since 1962. So, yeah strong real damn strong! The dimensional lumber used is the bona fide dimensions — 2 x 4 is actually 2″ by 4″ not 1 1/2″ x 3 1/2″. The bedrock is granite; so tough was the grading on the bottom floor that it dented a Bobcat bucket and we had to use small blasting charges in a small section!
We realized, early on, that we needed to ensure that the exterior of the barn would be just as structurally sound as the interior. We selected some industrial, commercial grade metal for the siding to be mounted after we ran plywood top-to-bottom. One of the other key issues to structural integrity was the need for a stem wall. Gambrel barns lie their weight to the exterior side walls as opposed to all four sides. So, we ran a Great Wall of China stem wall and bored the rebar into the granite.
Next week we will get into the framing, electrical and plumbing. I will also work on the photos. I don’t do a whole lot with graphics on this Blog as most of the time the importance is the information that I provide.
For a detailed set of photos view the Albums on my Google+ Page: https://plus.google.com/108521246927240333944/photos