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    11-13-2011, 07:48 PM
  #41
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Originally Posted by Ray MacDonald    
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?
Most places have separate hay barns now. The biggest barn I went to had a "fireproof" hay room. I think to call a building fireproof all you have to do is make it out of cinderblock, but don't quote me on that.
     
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    11-14-2011, 06:14 PM
  #42
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by RitzieAnn    
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!
I actually drew a new barn again LOL I'll try to scan it tonight :)
That would be a good spot for them!
Ahaha! Yeah it might get a little weird for strangers coming into my office lol Wow! Washer and dryer? That's really cool and helpful when your "practicing" special dismounts ;)
     
    11-14-2011, 06:24 PM
  #43
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by franknbeans    
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 them......an 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.
Yeah, I know. But I want to design just the right barn so I could please as many clients as I could.
In the new, new barn I have a tack room. I really like the lockers, I think it keeps things neat and less risk of theft. I like tack trunks too, how big is yours? I'll add in some extra space for those who have them.

I want to have a circle in front of the barn for easy trailer access. Ahaha don't worry, I wont charge for blanketing :)
I want to have an "All purpose" barn. Myself, I like both western and english. So I'm not having a strict disapline.

We are big with western but are slowly getting a good english scene too :) Money will probably always an object. Not trying to have a cheap barn but can't afford to have a $10 million one either ;)
     
    11-14-2011, 06:26 PM
  #44
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by ponyboy    
Most places have separate hay barns now. The biggest barn I went to had a "fireproof" hay room. I think to call a building fireproof all you have to do is make it out of cinderblock, but don't quote me on that.
Really? I just thought everyone had a loft! Lol I am thinking I will have a separate barn for hay and shavings. Cinderblock would be a good material or concrete.
     
    11-14-2011, 07:21 PM
  #45
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Do you have a site in mind for this barn? Or are you just designing for fun?
     
    11-14-2011, 07:34 PM
  #46
Green Broke
I kind of have a site... :) But it's not even for sale and I am still in school, so it will be a while before this barn is actually built.

I really wish I had a picture to show the property, It's a bit scruffy looking (LOTS of over grown weeds) But it is a big open field with a few pretty trees in a straight line (about in the very middle of the whole field)

It started out as a school project to design your dream home, but I took it a little further and designed my dream (and hopefully future) barn :)
     
    11-14-2011, 07:36 PM
  #47
Trained
My trunk is one of the LARGE wood ones. About 40 inches long, 30 inches high.....and about 30 deep, but saddle and bridle sit out. One of the huge barns I boarded at (80+ horses) had an "adult" tack room as well as one for the teens and tweens......as they can be a bit messier in general than the adults. That was sort of nice. However, I did feel like I needed a locking saddle rack there, which they make-for english saddles. For western-not sure, as I am newer to that all. I do find that with western it would be nice to have some place to hang my saddle pad to dry between rides. Some places let you hang them on a blanket bar on the front of the stall.
Another thing some barns I have been in had that I really liked-blanket hangers for each horse-centrally located, but easy to use, and they hung and dried.....nice.
There are MANY things to think about. Make sure your aisle is not smooth concrete, and it needs drains in it. You will also want to research truss systems in order to see how much of a span you can get.....otherwise you may design all this for nothing, if you cannot get trusses or they cost millions. Lol
     
    11-14-2011, 07:58 PM
  #48
Green Broke
What do you mean the saddle and bridle sit out?
A saddle pad hanger is a good idea!
Whats a locking saddle rack?
A blanket hanger for winter blankets?
Why not smooth concrete? I plan on having drains every so feet.
I don't really know what a truss system is?? LOL
     
    11-14-2011, 08:16 PM
  #49
Trained
Saddle and bridle are just on a saddle rack and bridle rack in the tack room-not locked in any type of locker, altho some had tall deep lockers for everything.

Locking saddle rack:
http://www.atafa.com/products/Saddle-Rack-Locking-English-
511049.html
I never did get one, so have no idea if they work or if they fit all saddles....

Trusses are your roof system. The beams that support it. There are many types, but as far as I know, the newer laminated truss sustems allow for bigger span, but are expensive. You are not unlimited as to how much distance you can span without support, which is a key factor in planning an indoor, unless, of course you want to add pole bending to your activities......

As far as the smooth concrete-it gets slippery in the winter. It needs to be brushed concrete, not smooth. Brushed is finished with a broom....and roughened a bit. We have smooth at the barn I have in NY. THe ONLY thing my friend is sorry for when she built her barn. Makes it difficult when the horses come in with snowballs in their feet.

If you are doing a wash stall-make sure you put a clean out in the drain. This is a place a few feet downline from the actual drain itself, where you can clean out the pipe. They are notorious for getting clogged.

Blanket hangers:
Just one kind-there are several.

Wall Mount Stable Blanket Rack CMW, INC (Equine - Stable Equipment Supplies - Saddle Tack Racks)
     
    11-15-2011, 12:17 AM
  #50
Weanling
Very interesting. I just want to say I wish I could have designed my own barn. It is a 4 stall barn with a wash rack, tack room and tractor garage which is great BUT the floor slopes away from the only drain in the barn.

Have you considered doing a design which has stalls on either side of the arena? The barn I take lessons at is like that and its super nice. The two sides of the barn makes it so that it is less busy in either of the central isle ways. They use stalls as tack rooms, which is what I have seen for the most part around here.

Also, I have a loft which also seems fairly common around here, although I've seen REALLY big barns that have separate hay storage. I think it is safer for separate hay storage though.

Also, are you wanting runs attached to your stalls? With your current design only a couple of the stalls would be able to have runs. Which might be enough, it just depends on what you want to offer.
     

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