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    11-21-2012, 01:30 PM
My old coach had a apartement ontop of her barn, it was huge!! Her bedroom was even higher up in a loft, so no noise! It was a pretty clean place, no smell either...

My Mom is going to get a Barn Pros place, she wants to build my boyfriend & I's place ontop of the barn then have her serperate house. They are very nice barns!
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    11-21-2012, 01:42 PM
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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Uh yup, I own a barn now, and I know about barn fires because we have 13 horses and an indoor arena, PLUS a tack store hooked to it

I don't really thonk it woud make a diffrent if there was a barn fire and your hourse was hooked to it because the house will to far enought away for it not to start on fire
    11-21-2012, 04:20 PM
Originally Posted by waresbear    
With the new materials they use between floors, I am thinking you can pretty much block out any stable smells and sounds.
Im not saying its not impossible. But those support beams run from the very top of the roof straight down to the bottom of the barn. If a horse or something else hits those beams, that sound will travel all the way up the bean to the top.
    11-21-2012, 10:35 PM
I looked into this and found getting insurance was going to be hard. A friend's parents have a suite above their barn and they couldn't get any, and there can not be any oven/stove or heat source. Anyway, many people have told me about the insurance being a problem.
    11-21-2012, 10:44 PM
When I stay at my uncle and aunt's ranch in CO, my sister and I sometimes opt to sleep out in the barn apartment. It's built into the side of the barn, though, and not overhead, but I can't remember ever hearing the horses.

One thing to consider is that by building an apartment above your barn, you're eliminating hay storage space, so you would need to find another way to store hay.
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    11-29-2012, 12:00 AM
Originally Posted by Saddlebag    
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?
I've, unfortunately, seen two. May I assume you have never seen a stick built house go up in a flash? Or even a multi-story apartment building.


Barns can, and should, be built with fire prevention and safety in mind. As should any building. Houses can, and should, be built with prevention and escape in mind.
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    11-29-2012, 12:33 AM
Like others have said, the biggest problem is going to be insurance. Many companies won't touch it because of the fire hazard. Most will require hay be stored elsewhere. Do lots of research on insurance before you proceed.
    12-18-2012, 02:04 PM
The biggest issue I see with hay is internal combustion: bales put up with a higher moisture content, packed together. But as others have said if you are living in the barn hay storage would probably be a seperate shed that you draw from once or twice a week.

An easy way to cut down on fire hazard is also to go with a steel building, or configuration of steel buildings to create the desired shape

I have thought about this long and hard and the way to set it up that I would be satisfied: house/living area, garage, then the barn. Use the garage as that buffer between your house and barn so the boots & barn clothes stay out of the house and it will help to keep the dust down too.
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    12-20-2012, 10:36 AM
Fire is a big concern, but if your apartment and hay loft/ barn is installed with good smoke detectors, then that could lessen some of your worry. It would be good if you built it with more than one exit from the apt. In case of fire.
But, there is always a fire risk in any house. My house burned down many years ago, not related to a barn. I think those barns are gorgeous! I have always wanted to live in one! Good luck!!
    12-20-2012, 12:50 PM
Didn't read all of the posts, but something you should look into before going any further on this is if the building codes for your city/county will even allow you to have a dwelling/barn combo. I know a lot of places won't. Just a thought. ;)

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