Man, you all make me feel like I need to do a little more myself. Nice work everyone! With that said, I'm looking for advice. I built a 1,000 sq-ft stable on my own a few years back. It turned out well, but it was enough work to make me not want to do it again.
I have a new idea--LIVING WITH HORSES! I plan on having a Barndominium built (right now I'm thinking 4 stalls, tack, feed in the lower, studio apartment, and office space in the upper. If this thing is cheaper than I am expecting I may add a little insulated warehouse space with a loading dock down below and a big old porch up above, but let's not get too carried away here. I want to do it right, so I was curious if anyone has any ideas, examples, or musings they'd like to share.
First, does anyone have experience with Barn Pros? Their barns look incredible and affordable. I'd like to hear a few post-purchase, -build opinions if you don't mind. Pictures would be great.
Has anyone solved "where to put the stairs?" I read about one person's stairs rising out of a stall. No one wanted them outside. Quite frankly, it seemed like most people are anti-stairs. I'm not here to champion stairs, but I do enjoy a little altitude in my living space and would like to be able to look out over the pastures and property. Maybe elevators? Escalators? I'm joking. I'm a stair-man, 100%. However, as someone with chronically sprained ankles, I do understand the injury concern. If I build this thing as big as I would like stair space won't be an issue, but I might not have the cash to pull it off with all the other expenses (well, electric, access, etc.).
Any tips on pasture- and paddock-to-barn connectivity? I was thinking of having doors in the back of the stalls, but wasn't sure if it's really that great of a convenience.
I'm leaning toward a walk-in shelter rather than going with overhangs. Opinions?
Basically, any advice is welcome. I'm starting from scratch and I have every intent of over-thinking this thing 400%. If anyone lives in one now, I'd really love a few barn/apartment pictures to help inspire ideas.
(I will be sure to get all the insurance, permit, code details long before the ball starts rolling on this thing [next fall].)
Thanks in advance!