Recently we've been discussing building a barn on my property. Now lots will have to be done for that to happen such as ripping down an old shed, clearing wild thorn and blackberry bushes, clearing and burning brush, rotatilling and leveling ground etc. We're building a small 4 stall barn with 12x12 stalls and an attachement storage room for hay/feed/tack storage. I've done a rough draft of the plans and everythign but would love some tips and tricks for building a barn/ hearing about what you guys have found helpful/easier or best. Or things you regret not doing.
Now...turnout. We'll have a fairly big portion of our backyard for turnout (don't know the exact size but will shortly) Now. I live in Nova Scotia...Canada and the ground freezes around October...and we get rain/sleet/snow/hail and anything else cold and wet december through april. I would really like to ride outside then (of course not in -29 weather but you get what I mean) so what would be the best water absorbing footing but also wouldn't freeze or get ice built up on top (so I guess the term would be drains well?) I And my soon to be boarders are hunter/jumpers keep in mind. Anything and everything in your input would be greatly appreciated! Thanks! :)