We are looking to build a simple shedrow barn (project hubby and I will take on as we are both very good mechanically) and the fencing as well. Anyone have any ideas on expectations of costs for a 3 stall shedrow barn with an overhang? Since we are planning on doing the building ourselves, we anticipate the savings will be significant. We got quotes for same pre-fab and they started at 12k. If there is anyone out here that has built their own barn, I'd love to hear your story!
Here is the simple pole barn/shelter that we built ourselves 2 years ago. It's 28'x30' overall and total cost of materials was around $4500.
My tips... find a good lumber yard, sawmill, and wholesale siding place. You can save a bundle using rough sawn lumber from a sawmill where appropriate. Use metal roofing/siding. Fast to put up, lasts a long time and doesn't need painting. Use bolts/screws instead of nails; costs a little more, but they don't back out over time, and you'll save on future maintenance.
As for the fencing, we are considering electrobraid fencing rather than post/rail and vinyl. Does anyone have experience with electrobraid and how effective it is/safe? I know it is cost effective compared to the other more expensive type of fencing, but we want to ensure it's safe and will contain the horses.
Except for our ring and pens, we use electric polyrope like electrobraid in the pastures. All our horses grew up with electric and don't bother with the fence at all, so we typically have only one strand, 3' high, with rebar posts every 30' and have never had a horse go under, over, through it, or injured by it. With a young foal, we add a second strand at 1 1/2' because they tend to sleep and roll under one strand, but he's already big enough that we no longer need it. It only takes a foal a couple times nosing the rope to learn to stay away from it. You can't beat polyrope for price, installation, and maintenance if your horses respect the fence.