OverviewThese are outside views of barns to get you some idea of what others have done.
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If you are an architect, a barn builder, or are a horse owner building a barn, you quickly realize that while most ideas behind the building of a barn are the same (efficiency, safety, comfort, ventilation, etc), each one is different.
Down here in the density of barns in Wellington, there are certain builders that stamp out barns and except for the color and address, it is hard to tell them apart.
I have a story. In upstate New York an horse owner decided to build a barn without consulting me or any other person who might have a clue about barns. He was so proud of his new 4 stall barn – until the first heavy rain when he discovered that locating his new building at the bottom of a hill was not a good idea.
Step one – decide the location (drainage, paddocks and fields).
Step two – decide the orientation (sun light, prevailing wind).
Step three – decide the purpose of the barn (boarding, training, temporary shelter from bad weather).
Step 4 – decide the number of horses (people usually limit the number of horses to the number of stalls available).
Step 5 – materials and type of barn (pole, truss, foundation CBC, metal, pine, exotic wood)
Step 6 – utilities needed (electric, water, alarms, security TV, generator, amount of power)
Step 7 – hire a qualified architect and show the above decisions. Focus on location and drainage before design, then stick to your plan.
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