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jillybean19 08-09-2012 10:25 AM

Most economical way to build a barn?
 
We're looking to buy a house with horse property, but chances are we'll have to build our own barn. My horses are used to living outside in a pasture, so the barn is more for my comfort and convenience than theirs lol. I just want a nice area to put my tack, maybe a little hay (we usually just tarp ours anyway), and 2 stalls that the horses can come inside if needed. I also like tacking up next to the tack room, so "open area" is great to tie up, but I also am not opposed to tacking up in a stall if we can't afford something with an extra tie-up area.

What is the most economical way to go about this? We've got plenty of time to plan and build this and are in no rush, but where to start? I don't exactly have building experience but am pretty handy with my hands, so I'd be willing to do a lot of the work myself if it's the most affordable (and do-able) option, but I also want a good quality barn. We're flexible and pretty much open to anything.

loveduffy 08-09-2012 10:36 AM

:-)If you can build it your self ,the important part is making the ground level and getting the water and electric to the site ,the rest if easy that is were the cost is high

Speed Racer 08-09-2012 10:38 AM

They sell barn plans, and if you do it all yourself you can save a lot of money.

jillybean19 08-09-2012 10:45 AM

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Originally Posted by loveduffy (Post 1637548)
:-)If you can build it your self ,the important part is making the ground level and getting the water and electric to the site ,the rest if easy that is were the cost is high

I don't think that we would need to get water to the site other than running a hose out there. Most of the places we're looking at have had horses or other livestock out there before, so I'm sure there's a pump or something. Electricity, on the other hand, could be a bit of a feat... Any good places to find the info on how to do this?

It's a small farming town where everyone knows each other, so I'm sure we could find someone with some machinery experience to level the ground for us. Otherwise, we could hire someone to do it. Has anyone build their barn before without having had previous construction experience? I'm sure I could find someone to hold my hand along the way, but I want to make sure I know what I'm getting into. If it's doable, I think I'd have a blast building my own barn. It's like the really cool version of the tree house I never had as a kid!

jillybean19 08-09-2012 10:49 AM

I'll look up some plans that we'd like, but if anyone could give me a ball-park estimate and what will influence that would be great. Also, what should I watch out for if I do decide to build it myself? I've got lots of family that would probably help (mostly all big football raised boys!) and family friends that likely have some useful experience and resources (though maybe not specifically with barns).

Sounds like we might be in for an old-fashioned barn-raising experience! Maybe we should learn to square dance too? ;)

jillybean19 08-09-2012 12:13 PM

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This would be an ideal type barn for us. Of course, the runs won't technically be part of the barn, but I included them to have a clear idea of what I want to do. As a pole barn, I'm thinking I'd only have to put in 10 Poles to build this. Any thoughts about the design itself or building it myself?

caseymyhorserocks 08-09-2012 12:52 PM

Looks decent, not a very big tack room and no hay storage though. I like a plan like this, and tie in the aisle, and turn one of the stalls into hay storage. It sounds like they will almost all the time be out in the pasture hay storage in a barn should be fine.
http://www.papolebarns.com/24x36%20hb%20kit%201.JPG

jillybean19 08-09-2012 12:56 PM

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Originally Posted by caseymyhorserocks (Post 1637753)
Looks decent, not a very big tack room and no hay storage though. I like a plan like this, and tie in the aisle, and turn one of the stalls into hay storage. It sounds like they will almost all the time be out in the pasture hay storage in a barn should be fine.
http://www.papolebarns.com/24x36%20hb%20kit%201.JPG

I do like that as well - I'm thinking it will be easier to stack hay outside the barn, though. It never hurts to have two extra stall-type areas, though, for tack or hay! We'll have to see what we end up buying. Right now, we're looking mostly at homes with 1 acre, and I'm crossing my fingers that at least half of that will be in pasture. I'll keep both plans in mind, though, and see which one fits.

caseymyhorserocks 08-09-2012 01:20 PM

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Or.. How about this custom plan made my Claire (aka: caseymyhorserocks) for you :) You can make floor plans on floorplanner, an app on google chrome. Sorry bout the tiny words! The blue places are the horse stalls, the small brown is tack room, big brown is an overhang (could be completely walled in though) which you can use for hay AND grooming. If you use it for hay you may want to put the hay in a corner and put up a little half wall for it.

jillybean19 08-09-2012 01:32 PM

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Originally Posted by caseymyhorserocks (Post 1637801)
Or.. How about this custom plan made my Claire (aka: caseymyhorserocks) for you :) You can make floor plans on floorplanner, an app on google chrome. Sorry bout the tiny words! The blue places are the horse stalls, the small brown is tack room, big brown is an overhang (could be completely walled in though) which you can use for hay AND grooming. If you use it for hay you may want to put the hay in a corner and put up a little half wall for it.

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


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