We're in the process of obtaining a horse from a neighbor and are looking at various housing solutions for him. One neighbor (who is a builder by trade) gave us a quote on building us a basic lean to type shelter that is about 10X12, but could be larger if we wanted. Today, we went out into Amish country looking at the various pre-made shelters, lean to's, barns, etc. We found a bunch that we liked, but they were all about twice the cost of what my neighbor can make us (or more - but they were really nice, don't get me wrong). One thing we found was a place that also sold carports. They said they can come out and put us up an 18X21 carport, fully enclosed on the sides and the back, for about a 1/4th of what my neighbor offered to build us a basic 10X12 shelter for. Now, it would be made of aluminum with metal sides, no kickboards, etc. My question becomes this - in the opinion of the people on here, would that be a feasible, practical, and economical way to go? My only concern would be if it would be too hot in the summer and too cold in the winter (since it would basically be metal construction). We can always partition it off, put up livestock paneling on the front to keep it enclosed, put up wooden walls/kick boards on the inside, maybe do some insulation, etc. We may be coming into some money in the very near future, so we may just end up getting a nice professionally built barn put up anyway. However, if that falls through, we're looking at more economical housing for now as a backup plan.
What do you guys think? See the attached pick to give you an idea, only the sides would be fully enclosed (top to bottom) and the back would be enclosed as well (top to bottom).