Building and living in an apartment barn?
My fiance and I are casually looking at houses with land for when we decide to buy. BUT THEN I just came across a website that has plans for stables and living quarters on top of the stables. I am getting into this idea more and more as it is looking like a cheaper option. We don't need an elaborate barn/house. Just something for the two of us as we really don't plan on kids. Wondering if anyone has experience with a barn and home in one? Pros/cons?
Here's a website of what they look like
Barn With Living Quarters | Barn With Apartment | Barn Pros
I like the concept, but unless you were a compulsive neat freak, you're going to get smells and rodents in the living area from the barn area. Plus, horses make noise at night, which you'll hear if you live right smack next to them.
I've stayed overnight in an apartment over a barn. Not something I'd willing take on as a permanent living arrangement.
I would LOVE to do this, I actually wanted to did it for a long time. Then I met my hubby and he flat out refuses. He wants the house to be the house and the barn to be the barn. Party pooper. But yea, LOVE it. And maybe someday, I'll have my barn home haha...
I'm with Speed racer.
I'd love to add a barn to my property with a camera so I can keep an eye on the horses but I like my house separate and odor, noise and rodent-free!
The idea of a barn fire would keep me awake nights. Unless you wish to add dusting the barn to your household duties I'd stick with a separate house. It's not usually the hay itself that spontaneously ignites but the hay dust and wiring.
I've lived in apartments in barns. A friend who is a vet and has a TB farm has a two story house at one end of his mare barn. He also has a one way mirrored window into the foaling stall right in the master suite. I think his whole idea started from that one feature.
I didn't have rodent problems and neither have they. Yes, you are aware that you are near the horses but not offensively so. Not if you have good management practices, and no worse than people who keep backyard horses on 3-5 acre ranchettes, in my experience.
The thought of a barn fire sends me into sheer terror. The idea that I could lose my house and pets in their too if this happens is just too much for me.
Rented an apartment above a barn once, don't think I'll ever do it again for several reasons.
-Horse kicks there stall wall, feels like the whole building shakes. Really is wonderful when it's the stall right below your bed in the middle of the night.
-Smell, not at all times but can get ripe.
-Dust, dust and more dust.
-Lots more insects than in a normal home.
-Thankfully rodents were not an issue.
All raised great points...here are my ideas...
1) Personally, am used to more dust than the average person's worst "dust-related" nightmares. I live in a large home built in 1928; @ that time my house was not only the ONLY DUDE RANCH IN THIS PART OF TUCSON, but also the only STRUCTURE for about 30 miles...and now is sits SMACK IN the middle of the city of nearly 2 million, is ranch "style" in that it is rugged as hell, but no longer on horse property (arghh)! So we have dust, dust, and more dust, but none of the GOOD BARN/horse smells to make it worthwhile. One can learn to dust like a crazy-person 24/7 if it's important...
2) Fire is about top on my "10 obsessive phobias" list. Thus, if the cause was ever to be hay-related (though I've not heard of such-please fill me in on the spontaneous combustion of hay dust/products, I'm very curious!) I'd simply move my hay storage shed elsewhere and certainly NOT LET SUCH stop me from such am awesome option for housing.
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