New to the forum, thanks for having me. I've always dreamed of restoring a tobacco barn since my youth, and put the word out recently locally. I was able to come up with 4 tobacco barns that I'm in the process of numbering and disassembling. Two have already been relocated to my property. The barns are 50-100 years old and are hand hewn pine and oak timber. Beautiful structures. I plan on restoring them as they were when new. Two of the barns have some rot and I'll have to use the wood for furniture or perhaps for rafters and beams for possibly putting a second floor in or loft. I have the choice of two spots. I have a hill that's SE facing and I can either put the barns at the top of the hill or at the base of the hill (putting at the base of the hill puts them closer to my house and higher puts them at a higher elevation with perhaps not as much runoff and perhaps allowing the birds to see danger more quickly). The other two barns are in perfect condition and these will be the real stars. Each is 18' x 18' wide and about 18' tall. There's plenty of room for a second floor. Alternatively, I could make a combination of structures that are about 9' tall excluding the pitched roof and end up with 4 nice structures as opposed to just two. Tough decisions...can't decide whether more is better or to reconstruct the buildings as they were, as tobacco barns, to preserve their historical significance, since they are in such good shape. Even the tier polls, for those of you that know what those are, are in excellent condition and would make great perches for the birds. So, looking for a little guidance on placement and design. They are basically squares. Was going to use one of the barns as a work shop and one for chickens. I also might divide one or both or perhaps find more barns to serve as living quarters for some goats and perhaps a cow and horse. Most tobacco barns have "lean-to's" attached to them. My original thought was to put a lean to on 3 sides and use those lean to's to attach chainlink dog fence's to, so that the chickens would have about 600 sq ft of a chicken run. I will also let them free range in this area when I'm around. I'll have the whole 4 acre hill side fenced in for my goats (haven't gotten yet, but wanted to start with the chicken). I welcome all ideas...perhaps I don't need a chicken run, or perhaps it's too big. I plan on having a lot of varieties over time. Have 100 acres so space isn't an issue. I'm a big trapper and have already trapped about 30 raccoons and 20 possums from the property. I will definitely screen for predators heavily. I will likely be using a dry stack stone foundation from the existing foundations of the barns since the rock is available to me. I know I'll have to bury some hardware cloth or wire into the ground at least 18 inches either on the outside or inside of the foundation. I'll probably raise the first sill plate log about 18 inches off the ground to help avoid rot and moisture. Both the locations either the bottom of the hill or top are accessible for power and water to be ran so that's no an issue for either spot either.