Getting the Most Out Of Rural Living: Three Buildings Every Rural Family Needs

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When a family moves from the city to the country, one of the first things that they will notice is the number of extra buildings that rural homes have. It is not uncommon for a rural homestead to have five or six buildings, each separate, and each important to the operation of the home.

For a family that wants to move to a rural area, there are three agricultural buildings that are vital parts of living in the country. Potential homeowners should either ask if the home already has these buildings, or plan to build them later on.

  1. Barn

    The most important building in a rural area, besides the home itself, is the barn. This is the place where the family will store all of the large equipment that they need to keep the homestead functioning at a high level.

    Where a city family can get by with a push mower or a small riding lawnmower, a rural family needs something with a little more power. Tractors and brush hogs are used by many country families to keep the grass under control, and these are machines that do not fit in most garages or sheds.

    The addition of a barn gives the family more than enough space. Barns are also useful if the family ever decides to pick up any livestock, such as a cow or a horse. Animals need a safe place to sleep at night or in bad weather, and a barn is the best way to provide cover.

  2. Workshop

    Because there are so many working machines on a rural homestead, there are also a lot of machines that break down. Many homeowners find that they need a place where they can work on and repair the machines that they use on a regular basis, and the best place for this is a workshop.

    The workshop does not have to be large, but it should be a place where power tools are kept and a place where the family keeps spare parts for the mowers and tractors. Even when not working on repairing things for the home, a workshop gives the family a separate place to keep and store tools so that the main home is not cluttered.

  3. Arena

    One of the things that rural families love to do is ride and train horses. When families train their horses, they need a place to do so that is out of direct sunlight and is comfortable for the trainer, rider and the horse. A great way to do this is with an open air arena.

    Pole barns are the perfect solution for open air arenas. They are simple structures that have a roof supported by a series of poles, and little else. There is enough room for spectators to watch what is going on, and enough room for the horse and rider to train in the shade.

    An arena is a great gathering place for friends and neighbors, and something that should be considered standard, if the family plans on keeping horses on the property.

Rural homes have many more buildings than city homes, because rural homes have different needs and expectations. By constructing the right buildings, rural homeowners will have all of the storage and coverage they need to protect their valuable assets.

Author’s BIO

I am Kevin Turner and I recently moved from Pittsburgh to a horse farm in Northern Pennsylvania. I was struck at how many buildings my new homestead had, but I learned quickly that all of those buildings were very important. I got lucky with my agricultural buildings, because my home had them all already built, but other homeowners are not so lucky. I wrote this article to talk about some of the different buildings rural homeowners should be on the lookout for when they buy a home. For new construction I recommend Quarry View Construction at

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