About Graves Barns
Yes. A representative from our company will visit any site within our standard delivery area and assist you in selecting the size and style of your building to best suit your needs. We will assist you in selecting the siding and shingles to match your house, the location on your lot and explain the necessary site preparation. We will prepare a quote for the site preparation prior to the delivery of the building if required.
Not for standard products. We will require payment for specialty windows or special order siding when they are ordered. Payment by cheque upon delivery is required.
Yes. We cannot place or build a structure on your property until you have received a building permit. It will be necessary for you to prepare a plot plan showing the size of your property, the location and size of existing buildings and the building you will be adding to the property. For sheds, we will supply the construction details you will need in order to apply for the building permit. For larger projects we will supply the drawings and apply for the permit for you, for a fee, or assist you by providing the construction details needed for your application if you wish to apply yourself. For further in depth details regarding permit requirements please contact you local municipality.
We build all over Nova Scotia, PEI and New Brunswick.
We require firm ground that is within 2 inches of being level to place your building. An elevated base of compacted, porous gravel is best but not essential if the ground is solid and level. Wet and soft sites should be avoided or excavated and built up with a solid base of good drainage gravel. Our representative can make suggestions for dealing with sloping properties when he is at your site.
We can prefab the parts for your building and assemble it on your site for a small handling fee when access is restricted or if there is a risk of damage to the lawn or property.
We place solid concrete blocks on the ground to support the building. The number and spacing of the blocks is determined by the size of the building. The blocks, not the sills, support the weight of the building and contents and distribute the weight over the ground area.
We use heavy floor joists to support the weight of items stored on the floor and transfer the weight to a sill on each side of the building. We determine the size of the floor joist required using the National Building Code and our floor joists are oversized by at least 30%. Our clients have stored everything from several cords of hardwood, ride on mowers, Harley’s, ATV’s, snowmobiles and even antique cars on our floor system and in 40 years we have never had a broken floor joist.
We have oversized the floor joists and have eliminated the center sill for two reasons: First- All buildings sitting on the ground will settle to some degree. The weight of the walls and roof are on the outside sills and they will settle slightly more than a center sill. If the outside sill settle ¼ inch more than the center sill the floor will have a hump in the center caused by the center sill and will jamb the bottom of the door. Second- When the building settles, shimming or re-leveling may be necessary. One person with a small jack can shim or adjust the blocks on the outside sills in 1-2 hours. Leveling a center sill becomes much more difficult with two possible options. The building can be rolled off the blocks and the blocks re-leveled and the barn rolled back unto the blocks. This would require at least two workers for a small building and take at least a full day. The other option is to jack the barn up and someone can crawl under the barn on their belly and try the difficult task of getting all the blocks level while risking becoming a pancake.
Pressure treated lumber lasts 8-10 times longer than natural lumber. The products used today to treat lumber for residential use is both safe to work with and to play on.