Our horse enthusiast clients needed a barn and riding arena to allow working with their horses year-round
We are very pleased that Vision Design Build Remodel’s past clients continue to ask us to build or remodel more projects for them. It confirms that our commitment to proper planning, product research, and superior construction is valued. Originally we remodeled a kitchen for these repeat clients, as well as built an outdoor kitchen with a big timber frame structure overhead. Recently, these horse enthusiasts contacted us to design and build a horse barn that includes stables and a riding arena for their own quarter horses. They wanted to keep their horses dry and also have ample space to work with them, train them and ride them during all seasons of the year.
Cody was enthused to be working on a project of this complexity and size. He spent considerable time with our clients to discover exactly what they were envisioning and then made a list of everything the client needed. In addition to the stalls and riding arena, they wanted a place to store and protect their 5th wheel camper/horse trailer, assorted equipment, and minor hay storage for the horses.
Cody did a lot of research into the design of equestrian centers, as well as consulting with other builders who have used products similar to the products he used in this project. He also received helpful information from the product dealers and then designed the building using our SoftPlan design software. Cody feels that for every project we build, proper planning before construction begins is the key to success.
Post-frame construction was the perfect choice for this open space horse barn
The horse barn is built using post-frame construction, an amazing building technique that enables a wide open expanse to be entirely supported by large solid wood posts embedded in the ground. Our clients envisioned a barn made entirely from wood, but it would have been out of their price range. Instead, an attractive metal building system was used for the exterior roof and sides of the barn—the sides in bright red to create the look of a traditional wood barn. The enclosed interior portion was clad in exterior grade T-111 wood siding panels. These good-looking panels are thick and sturdy so they will hold up well under all kinds of abuse, such as horses kicking them.
The stalls have concrete floors and tongue and groove spruce wood siding on the walls inside and out. Each stall includes an interior sliding grilled door, swing feeders, and an exterior Dutch split door that helps provide cross ventilation. The Dutch door leads to an individual horse paddock built outside. Natural light streams into the stalls, the wash stall and into the riding arena from skylights built into the roof. The clients’ office, tack room and quaint little bathroom all feature beaded pine paneling and solid spruce moldings. A delightful feature of this barn is the big star that lights up at night and can easily be seen from where it is installed in the front exterior gable.
In future eNewsletters we’ll explore in-depth this fantastic horse barn:
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