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    11-12-2011, 06:47 PM
Green Broke
Thats a good point Saddlebag! But I don't know if I will be able to afford another building after I build all of this... I'll see how big it would have to be to store all hay and shavings.

The new barn actually has good escape routes with big doors. I'll try to upload it right now.
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    11-12-2011, 07:01 PM
Green Broke
Lets see if this works, I don't think I have to explain much since it is just a re-done barn from the first one.

    11-12-2011, 07:09 PM
Green Broke
Things I changed -

Each stall now has its own window. The shaded spaces are outside. So it is almost like having mini barns making one big barn :)

I took out the tack room and decided to just have them along the walls. As well as two feeding spots.

I have a viewing room. (I actually spelt it wrong LOL) It will be a few feet off the ground to over see more of the arena.

There is a little rectangle between one of the lockers and one of the feed spots it has lines going through it. They are stairs to the loft if I decide to have one.

Any questions?
    11-12-2011, 07:22 PM
You might need more room for your stairs. Barns need higher ceilings than houses, and most houses have 14 stairs between floors.

Wish I had a scanner so I could join in.
    11-12-2011, 07:28 PM
Green Broke
I think the stairs are 18 feet long. It's drawn on graph paper but this time you can't see the squares. Would that be long enough?

Don't worry :) I like to hear what people want to have in their barn and what would be just a waste of space. Like what do you think of having a loft to store hay and shavings?
    11-12-2011, 08:19 PM
Originally Posted by Ray MacDonald    
Whats obs?
Sounds like a nice barn! Though I do like to have a office in the barn, it serves a place for boarders and riders to chill and sit, as well as having a more private place for potential clients. Lol I had a big debate on whether or not to keep it.
I only have ywo entrences to the arena from the barn, but I think the new layout wont make the aisle crowded.

Obs=observation area
    11-12-2011, 08:25 PM
Looks like you only have a very little space of "outside" between each "wing". A couple of things to think about:
-Maintenance of such a small area.....grass? Stone? Ability to get a mower in there if it is grass?

-your cost to build just skyrocketed. You are using more siding, and your roofing......probably about doubled.
    11-13-2011, 12:01 PM
Green Broke
Good points! Yeah I figured it would be more expensive, but I don't want to loose potential clients because I don't have windows..

Maintenance- Stone would be a good idea, but I probably wont do that until I have most of the barn debt payed off. So for right now just grass, and I would whipper snip it instead of trying to mow it. The space is about 6 feet from each "wing".
    11-13-2011, 12:45 PM
What if you put the bathroom, the office and tack room all along the arena wall? None of those need windows, and that would open up a lot of space to move the stalls over there. It would also allow you to have alternating tack/feed areas like you have in design two.

And I definitely agree with the other person who said to make your bathroom more accessable! You should re think allowing everybody & their uncle (literally, boarders, friends of theirs, their family, etc) walking through your office. Also, the board I used to board at has a large bathroom. There is a washer & Dryer in there (and a shower, lol) but in order to use the washer/dryer, you have to ask. But it is nice to have!
    11-13-2011, 02:49 PM
Originally Posted by Ray MacDonald    
Good points! Yeah I figured it would be more expensive, but I don't want to loose potential clients because I don't have windows..

Maintenance- Stone would be a good idea, but I probably wont do that until I have most of the barn debt payed off. So for right now just grass, and I would whipper snip it instead of trying to mow it. The space is about 6 feet from each "wing".
First off-you cannot please everyone all the time. The key is to make it as nice as possible at an affordable price for everyone, IMO. Windows are not the be all end all. Yes, they are nice, but, at least for me there are so many other factors I look at when choosing a place to board. Above all is the reputation and the care. Then we go to ammenities. Window is WAY down the list, after indoor (with GOOD footing, discipline appropriate, and well maintained, I might add), tack room -NOT lockers, since I have a custom tack trunk, need a place to put it, and frankly cannot stand barns that have trunks and crap in the aisles, just waiting for a horse to crash into accident waiting to happen, as well as messy looking IMO. Trailer parking, don'T nickel and dime me for blanketing, etc. A dressage arena is nice, and a good size, but just make sure you do not limit your clientele, unless that is what you want. I will also say that personally I would never board in a place that is a "dressage" barn. I drive over an hour now to see my guy, so that I can have a place I can comfortable ride western and do my reining. My area is FULL of dressage barns, with a few H/J thrown in, none of which I felt welcome in with a western saddle.
So, I don;t know what your area is like and what is popular there, but make sure you have the market to support what you are building.......

THere is, IMO, no reason to up your cost SO much with all of these extra wings, unless of course $$ is no object, now, or in the future, for maintenance of the extra roof area, doors needed, etc.

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