EDIT:: on Oct 27, 2023 I changed the original title of this thread from “Are there structural advantages to angled end walls on a barn” to its current title and moved it from the Corner Bar into Galleries because I would like to continue to make updates on the barn and I have absolutely LOVED all of the help, advice, and discussions that have happened here in this thread. I think this is an excellent place for continuing this thought process.
September 01 2023. Original first post
Disclaimer:: I am not seeking architecture advice in the manner that I will get myself or anyone else into trouble. I merely ask basic questions to decide which avenues I should explore.
You guys seem to like discussion…
So recently I bought a barn… this barn to be exact.
No ridge beam (it will be getting one in future)
Built in 1906
And I hired a small crew and a demolition/building expert to take the barn down, because the land has been sold and the barn needed to be moved.
Long story short, the barn is now in pieces, safely stored on one of my properties an hour and a half from it’s original location.
The end-walls were completely destroyed in the demolition process, and in cany case, the barn is becoming a lakefront property and I would like the lakeside end-wall to have as much window real estate as I an afford when it goes back up in the summer.
SO the question (finally) is:: Since I get to redesign the end-walls, is there an advantage to having them built in two pieces at an angle?
The Original walls had SO MUCH random bracing, which I had assumed was due to a ‘need-a-brace-just-slap-something-up’ kind of world, but having been all over this building and pulling and pushing on everything as it was being taken down, I assume that some of that bracing was necessary to the structure and will need to be put back up again (hopefully in a more thought out way.)
Pictures of the original bracing and a down-and-dirty model of what I’m asking.