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Foundation

A secure, level foundation is one of the most crucial elements of your barn because it affects the stability of the entire structure. Wind, rain, ice, snow and seismic forces all put significant stress on buildings, so the foundation...

Aisles and Walkways

The best floor surface for the barn aisle is slightly roughened concrete (a.k.a., cement) because it aids hoof traction. Smooth concrete is more suitable for tack, laundry and toilet areas because it is easier to sweep. Concrete is extremely...

Roofing

Obviously, choosing a fireproof and water shedding roof to eliminate structural damage is more important than aesthetics, but today you have many choices for roofing materials that combine beauty, safety and function, including: steel, asphalt shingle, tile and slate....
The biggest dilemma you’ll face is choosing among the vast array of options and combinations available; again, safety and ventilation should be the most important factors.A general rule of thumb for how big your stalls should be is no...

Barn Budgeting

Many barn manufacturers have affiliations with finance companies to facilitate that part of the building process. You should check out all your financial options before selecting a lender. Home equity loans are currently popular because the interest is often...

Barn Site Selection

Your choice should give equal priority to drainage and ventilation. A barn situated on a beautiful spot will be a misery to you and your horses if, after an inch of rainfall, their stalls look like cross-country water jumps....

Framing

Most horse barns today are post-frame buildings, so the “side walls” are 6-by-6 inch columns spaced from 8 to 12 feet apart depending upon the design of your building. Horizontal boards (“girts”), typically 2-by-6s, are nailed to the outside...

Plumbing

If the water pump for your barn has ever shut down or frozen up, you are familiar with that panicky feeling you get when contemplating hand-carrying enough daily water for even one horse. Clearly, water is the lifeline of...

Doors and Windows

The main things to consider when selecting doors and windows are safety and ventilation. Is a stall door that swings into the aisle a hazard? If you prefer a mesh door for ventilation, how can you keep shavings from...

Zoning Issues

Don’t fall in love with a particular location for your barn until you’ve checked several determining factors. Foremost are your county’s zoning requirements and restrictions. In many areas of the country, residential growth has led to a trend of...
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