Barn Planning - An Outline
REMEMBER – CONSIDER FUNCTION FIRST, AESTHETICS SECOND!
1. Floor plan – Design & develop practical, user-friendly floor plan/master plan for your barn, encompassing the needs of the barn owner and comfort and safety of horses.
2. Site Plan – When locating barn site, take into consideration the following:
a. Driveway placement and access
c. Deliveries – shavings, hay
d. Farrier/vet accessibility
f. Paddock areas
3. Frame – What type of barn framing is desired and/or required?
a. Pole-barn framing
b. Bolted timber frame (full or partial)
c. True mortise & tenon framing
4. Ventilation – Horses need LOTS of fresh air circulation – plan for that!
5. Water System – what will work best for you?
a. Frost-free hydrant(s) – how many?
b. Automatic waterers – what type and where
c. Hot water heater
d. Wash stall
6. Heat (if any) – what type? Where?
7. Stall Size - To comfortably suit height & size of horse
a. Dutch doors for turn out?
b. Stall front grills (standard, or with feed holes or doors?)
c. Hay racks/fixed feed buckets, etc.
8. Aisle Size - Maximum width allowable for safety of people and horses
a. Mats? Cement?
b. Finish ceiling? (No cobwebs)
9. Loft - To comfortably suit the height of storage
a. Access – # of doors & hay drops
b. Stairs or ship’s ladder
c. Storage for hay, tack, or what have you
d. Living space/groom’s quarters
e. Vented by cupola?
10. Electrical –
b. Heat (heat lights over wash stall, baseboard in tack room, etc)