Originally Posted by Alwaysbehind
You might want to run the numbers including all the modifications you are going to do to the carport building. After you add wood kick boards inside and out (you do not want them kicking thru the metal on the outside either) I am guessing you will find that it will not be cheaper.
Other than the modifications needed I think it will make a just fine shelter. It will be a little loud if it rains, but the horses will get used to that.
Well, I'll give you some numbers and these prices are what we're seeing from all of the local builders/supply places and most online places:
Neighbor is willing to build us a 10X10 - 10X12 lean to type shelter for around $2400 (includes parts and labor).
I can buy a ready made 10X10 shelter from one of the local Amish places out here for around $2300. 10X12's aren't that much more.
I can buy a ready made, really nice, 12X18 barn (separate stall, windows, tack room, etc.) from the same Amish place (looked at them today) for $4500 delivered and placed on our property. This is what we really want and will get if the money I'm supposed to be coming into materializes in the next few months.
I can get the 18X21 carport delivered and installed (including the sides all enclosed) for $1005.00. Spending a few hundred bucks more for some wood to line the inside of it and maybe build a small wall would still keep the cost of the carport "barn" significantly lower than any of the other pre-made structures we've been looking at. It would also be considerably larger and give the horse more room to move around. I can buy livestock panels out here for under $75 to make a front gate with.
The biggest concern I have with the carport design is simply the temperature issue. If the overall consensus is that this type of structure really won't cause any temperature issues, we'll probably go with that to get us started and we can always get something nicer down the road. Some of the ready made barns we looked at today have aluminum or low gauge metal siding on them too (along with the roofs in some cases), so maybe it's not so much of an issue. I just don't want him freezing to death in winter or boiling during the summer. Many of the things I've read about shelters say that it's preferable NOT to have the horses kept in metal buildings, but I think the carport style would offer plenty of ventilation and with some minor interior work, I think we could get if insulated fairly inexpensively. There are many companies that sell products similar to this and they seem to be in wide use in many countries outside the U.S.