2 questions: Outdoor tie stall? Barn in stages?
1. Does anyone have / use an outdoor tie stall for tacking up, farrier work, vetting, washing, etc? We don't have a barn and our run in shelters are too far from the house to have access to power / light and they don't have enough room or good enough footing to be of much use for the farrier, vet, etc.
My thought was to build an outdoor tie stall with a sand / paver floor and a roof up closer to the house where there is easy access to power and water. Kind of like a wash rack with a roof, but a little bigger maybe. I don't know if roof is even worthwhile if the sides are not fully enclosed, but it would keep the rain and snow off a bit at least. I am also not sure about the size.
Does anyone have any thoughts, ideas or examples?
2. Has anyone here build a useable barn in stages? I'd love to build a barn with 4 stalls and room for hay storage, but right now it is too expensive to do it all at once. I am wondering if one could build a Shedrow-type barn with 4 side-by-side stalls, then pave a centre aisle and add the second side and roof the centre at a later date. I'm thinking about a 30'x40' structure with dirt floor stalls on one side and hay storage on the other, and the potential to add more stalls or a feed room in place of the hay storage at a later date. Would it be feasible to successfully do something like this in stages?
Again, any ideas or examples would be appreciated.