Image of a Full Loft in a Horse Barn
This is an image of a Full Loft, contributed by
Keystone Barn Supply LLC. You'll find more images on their site.
The loft is shown with sliding loft door, windows installed on gable end,
stairway to loft, and even a hay drop installed in the floor. As you can
see from the picture, the roof of this barn is built with 2x8 SPF rafters spaced
24" o.c., 2x6 SPF collar ties connecting rafters together and knee walls with
double headers and posts spaced 12' o.c. The knee walls add extra support to
rafters and support rafters in mid-span. This kind of roof construction
(with knee walls) should prevent the roof from any sagging and significantly
increases the amount of snow load the roof can hold.