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post #11 of 32 Old 08-03-2012, 10:39 PM
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Ok...3) I presently don't own horses, never (tears) have, thus, take this with a grain if salt...I DO however "own" a stepson haha (2, actually, but we very sadly only get to raise one of DH's 2 boys) & chi/rat terrier mix, and since the time both were babies until now, both DH & I have missed more sleep than we'd like to admit checking on them all through the night, waking NIGHTLY-on my 2 nights off-to look in on noises, let the dog out of our room, into Jake's room, back into our room, into the living room (you get the drift); & so a horse occasionally kicking his stall beneath me would, IMO, be more of a comfort than an irritation, as I'd know he was either ok, or it would alert me of needing to check something! Plus, I'd invasive the construction could be such if you chose, to have the stall(s) NOT BENEATH BEDROOMS, but other parts of the apt!

Bottom line, I was dumbfounded with how GREAT AN IDEA this apt/shop-a necessity for any place DH & I live as a metalsmith, he works in his shop at our home 10h/day!-& barn, ALL IN ONE, is!!

Something like this could be the answer to many persons prayers as to how to do a small 3-4 acre, 2 horse max farm on a budget and keep everything in tight, maximizing the grazing space, etc...I think it's awesome, and personally am THRILLED THE OP POSTED THIS (thank you!) As DH & I can look to something like this to expedite our ten year plan into a seven year plan!!

I hope it's something that will work for you, OP!!! :0)
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post #12 of 32 Old 08-04-2012, 03:23 PM
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I live in the apartment in the barn, I LOVE IT!! yes would have to say I had a few more bugs in the beggining but i put down some stuff and thats ok now. As far as rats or mice NEVER! that is what the barn cats are for. And we dont even have flies, like none! everyone who comes here is amazed!! they are always asking what kind of system we have set up...chickens they kill all the bugs!! it is amazing, clean stalls + chickens = no flies!!LOL yeah there is a dust problem,but no more I dont think than the dust you carry in anyway, if you have horses,you have dust! It just makes you think about buying all those shelves of knick-knacks. As far as hearing the horses I love it and if a couple of them get crazy i just step out on the balcony and tell them to cut it out, as far as sleeping it never bothers me,but that is me. I have a friend that has a REALLY REALLY nice 3bedroom 2 bath house in their barn it is awsome, and they wouldnt change a thing.So the moral of the story is I LOVE IT! hope it helps!
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post #13 of 32 Old 08-04-2012, 03:32 PM
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With the new materials they use between floors, I am thinking you can pretty much block out any stable smells and sounds.
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post #14 of 32 Old 08-09-2012, 01:18 PM
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Just answering your hay combustion question: Decomposition causes heat. With horses, the two main ways this happens is with piled up and decomposing manure and with hay. I believe moisture has to be present for the decomposition to occur, so it's something to worry about if you have hay that got rained on (and maybe if you live in a humid area?). I'm sure there are more ways that your hay can get wet, but either way, it starts decomposing, and if it's in an insulated area, such as in the middle of your hay stack, it can get so hot that it eventually combusts and starts a fire. Of courses, there's the more obvious spark from the outside environment for whatever reason that can also catch hay on fire.
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post #15 of 32 Old 08-09-2012, 03:15 PM
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Thank you for your answer! You know what is so very odd? I JUST GOT HOME FROM MY LESSON, &, not 2 hours ago, I thought to ask my trainer about the hay/combustion issue (after like, not thinking about it for what? 6 days? She gave me basically the exact same answer, & I definitely appreciate your answer as well (I love it when answers "match up", hehe!)

...I can imagine how quickly a hay fire can begin, given those factors and how quickly moldy/wet hay decays and builds up combustible energy. Could be terribly dangerous (not to mention expensive, even if the only loss is the hay itself...). I can't believe all of my years around horses and this is all total new news to me.
Thanks again & take care! B2H
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post #16 of 32 Old 08-09-2012, 04:55 PM
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I would love to live in my barn, but i'm not sure if hubby would agree to it (i sure as h3!! know that his grandparents would have a canary). I think it would be more reasonable than going and buying everything separate, we could even add a garage to the one side (with a fire wall). As for hay storage i would keep it in another structure a ways away from the barn/house.
As for smell, i love the smell of horses can't help myself.
Dust, i don't mind it much, i hardly dust as it is in our current home.
Rodents, i have about 10 farm cats and 2 house cats
Noise, i live right beside a dirt road where people fly on quads and such all hours of day and night, so horse noise won't be an issue.
I simply love the idea!!
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post #17 of 32 Old 08-10-2012, 01:32 PM
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i live in a barn apt. have done for 2 years. i own the place and it's nice to combine the costs of the barn with the living space - as you said. however there are some things to keep in mind. some have already been mentioned -

-when horses are in their stalls, any kick, stomp, bucket chew, etc they make is amplified and the noise is 10x upstairs
-the way mine is set up, the pipes are in the barn ceiling/under apt floor so i had to change them to armored pipes as they were freezing a lot.
-even with sufficient insulation under the pat, the floor is freezing in the winter and warm in the summer
-never have a problem with smell, but i'm pretty particular to keep the manure pile away from the barn
-you do get spiders, etc but i frankly dont think they are any worse than a house i have lived in
-hard to get ventilation in the top of the stall area/ceiling, as you cant have a vent above that, so i strategically use fans to keep air moving in and out of the doors/windows downstairs
-my boyfriend lived here for a year before he decided it was too cramped,and he moved out and bought his own house. so keep that in mind - if you both aren't 100% into it, there are things that will get old

but i love it for just me and my dogs/horses. i would recommend it for a single person or a couple who is totally into horses

good luck :)
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post #18 of 32 Old 08-11-2012, 12:25 PM
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We are retired and I love the idea.
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post #19 of 32 Old 11-21-2012, 11:37 AM
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Okay this isnt quite the same but my family is planning on moving and we are going to build a house hooked to a barn, not on top of the barn, hooked to it on the side so that we dont have to go outside to feed 13 horses in cold canada snow drifts
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post #20 of 32 Old 11-21-2012, 12:26 PM
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I surmise you've never seen a barn fire. It becomes a raging inferno like nothing you ever want to see again. Have you talked with the insurance company about your plan?
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