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post #11 of 35 Old 08-09-2012, 01:48 PM
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Haha thanks! I made my plan on another website, too :) This is really cool to see everyone's ideas! It think it will all come down to what we can fit on the property we get, but that is yet to be determined so I love seeing everyone's ideas. I like seeing the different shapes, as well, since we'll have to work with whatever area we're able to buy. I prefer something that is completely enclosed for those rainy and windy days, but that I can open up large sliding doors to have an "outdoor" feel on the nice days. Now, do any of you want to come over next summer and build this thing?? :P
What about a garage door? And I totally agree about rainy days and sunny days..

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What about a garage door? And I totally agree about rainy days and sunny days..
Garage door = Scary, noisy monster that is going over my head = my Arabian going bug-eyed and setting back, or at least trembling and then rushing through the door because it's going to get him.

I know this is something we could work on, but it was a huge blessing when I moved my horses from the place with garage doors to sliding doors. And I never want to return!

Plus, for my sake, that garage door was a pain to lift even without a horse and came back down on me more than once. Never had that happen with a sliding door lol
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I think a pole barn is the least expensive kind you can build. As far as layout, don't get too attached to a floor plan before you buy property. You might have to rearrange things based on direction, the position of the house etc.
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we built a barn 3 years ago..here are some things to think about...ground plans as you have been playing with are a good starting point..but, every good "thing" you think you want adds cost. I recommend figuring out your "must haves" to start then build a plan around that. Example, insulated ceiling sounded frivolous to me at first but you know what thank goodness we put it in..it keeps it significantly cooler on hot days and my horses water buckets have never frozen through..only a thin layer of ice when it goes down to zero. An isle way large enough to drive a lger pickup down...the vet, farrier, hay guy, your own truck, tractor...its a huge detail. As far as leveling, you need some sort of base we used many tons of chat and my property is very level already but not by laser! We built a smallish barn with 7 stalls, a "tack room" that turned in to a feed room (the trailer is our tack room) just the building & stalls were 23K added electricity by a licensed electrician (the last thing you want is an electrical fire in your barn) 3K & ran water to the barn (hoses got really old really fast) 1K hope this helps

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I think a pole barn is the least expensive kind you can build.
And easiest, too. Here is the pole barn my wife and I put up last year (without any heavy equipment). You can find plenty of free plans at the websites of universities with agriculture departments. Once you build the structure, you can partition the inside anyway you want. Our mares are out 24x7 so we decided to use part as a shelter instead of making stalls. Total cost of materials (28'x32' barn) was just a bit over $4000. It's a lot of time and work, but if you can use a hammer, saw, and drill, you'll save yourself a ton of $$s (around here labor is about 2/3 the cost of new structures).







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And easiest, too. Here is the pole barn my wife and I put up last year (without any heavy equipment). You can find plenty of free plans at the websites of universities with agriculture departments. Once you build the structure, you can partition the inside anyway you want. Our mares are out 24x7 so we decided to use part as a shelter instead of making stalls. Total cost of materials (28'x32' barn) was just a bit over $4000. It's a lot of time and work, but if you can use a hammer, saw, and drill, you'll save yourself a ton of $$s (around here labor is about 2/3 the cost of new structures).







Thanks so much - that really helped! Your barn is about as fancy as we want ours to be, so I'm glad you posted your cost and pictures. My stalls will mainly function as a shelter, but I want the option of closing the horses in if needed. We only need two stalls, and it would be pointless to add any more since we'll likely only be able to legally have two horses on the property. 4K is a really nice price for us!
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we built a barn 3 years ago..here are some things to think about...ground plans as you have been playing with are a good starting point..but, every good "thing" you think you want adds cost. I recommend figuring out your "must haves" to start then build a plan around that. Example, insulated ceiling sounded frivolous to me at first but you know what thank goodness we put it in..it keeps it significantly cooler on hot days and my horses water buckets have never frozen through..only a thin layer of ice when it goes down to zero. An isle way large enough to drive a lger pickup down...the vet, farrier, hay guy, your own truck, tractor...its a huge detail. As far as leveling, you need some sort of base we used many tons of chat and my property is very level already but not by laser! We built a smallish barn with 7 stalls, a "tack room" that turned in to a feed room (the trailer is our tack room) just the building & stalls were 23K added electricity by a licensed electrician (the last thing you want is an electrical fire in your barn) 3K & ran water to the barn (hoses got really old really fast) 1K hope this helps
It sounds like your barn is actually a lot fancier than what we plan, but thanks for the prices and things to think about!
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Garage door = Scary, noisy monster that is going over my head = my Arabian going bug-eyed and setting back, or at least trembling and then rushing through the door because it's going to get him.

I know this is something we could work on, but it was a huge blessing when I moved my horses from the place with garage doors to sliding doors. And I never want to return!

Plus, for my sake, that garage door was a pain to lift even without a horse and came back down on me more than once. Never had that happen with a sliding door lol
Ahh okay.. Lol! And yes, a pole barn is one of the cheaper barns. A support should be placed about 8-16 feet apart with trusses connected to them to the roof- which holds up the roof. The the posts (support) should be 6-8 inch in diameter and pressure treated and set 3-6 feet below the ground with the base fixed in concrete. Make sure that the properties you are looking at are zoned for horses and check with your state laws to see how much land you need for a horse. Some states require an acre per horse, others 1/4 acre, etc. Here is the layout of my barn. Hope it makes sense with the new/old stuff. I am extending out the barn into a 2 stall barn, much more complicated than it sounds.. Have to remove a side of the roof, lift it up, take off a side of plywood to move it over to the new stall.. All very confusing, sorry! The old barn (which is the one on the left with 8x12 stall) cost about $2000 to build. I am making another plan right now that I will post in a minute.
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Okay, heres another plan. I really like this one. If you put in a couple sliding doors, this barn could go from being cozy and enclosed to nice and open and airy. Hope you don't mind me crowding this thread up with barn plans ( I feel like a saleswoman trying to sell barns ) OH! And this barn plan would be really economical, cause it uses all the space up. If the stalls were 10x12, this barn would only be 20x24!
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BTW, you can save a bunch if you buy rough sawn lumber right from a sawmill instead of buying from a lumber yard. The only reason we didn't do this with our barn is that we were rushing to finish before winter and didn't have time to let the greener lumber fully dry out.
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