barn reno - stall size question
So I'm trying to finalize the stall layout. The barn is structurally divided into three sections (and this can't be changed). The only plausible placement of stalls, relative to doors and such, is along the back wall of each section. I planned on 4 stalls-- the center section was going to have two stalls side by side, 10ft wide by 12deep, and a 12x12 stall in each side section.
But, now that I've got everything cleared out of the center section and can mark the stall outlines on the floor, turns out the available space is little more narrow than I thought. Those 2 stalls would end up only being 9ft 4" wide. (still 12ft deep).
I have 2 horses and one pony. (But the pony is only a foster project. Then again I do kind of plan on always having a pony around here, so let's just say that yes, I have a pony. my, well that felt unexpectedly cathartic.) And finally, I have a trio of goats, who would share one stall. They don't absolutely have to have a stall though-- they have a good enough shelter outside.
My options, that I can see: I could go ahead with the original plan for 4 horse stalls: two large 12x12 on the sides, two small 9'4"x12 in the center.
Or, in that center section, I could make one of those stalls full size, and then just have a small 8x12ish "pen" alongside it for the goats (but useless for just about any other purpose).
Or I could abandon the 4th stall altogether and move the tack and feedroom into that space. I don't like that option much b/c I already have a good place for the feed/tackrm with cement floor and ceiling already in place, so I'd only have to frame the walls and a door. If I move it over next to the stall, it's more carpentry, wiring, AND, then one of horse stalls would be completely cut off visually from the other horses.
I laid out poles on the ground for the 9'4" x 12 stall, and walked the two horses into their "stall", turned back to the "door", etc. It felt tight doing the turn, not surprisingly. Only works if I'm out in front rather than leading them at the shoulder, which is fine for my guys-- all are well mannered and would not rush into a stall or grab for a feed bucket. And they wouldn't be in stalls much at all-- just really inclement weather. Obviously I'd put the big horses on the ends in the large stalls.
So, I think the 2 small stalls would work for me in my current situation. Guess I'm just wondering if in the long term it's a dumb thing to do. If I'm going to all this expense, I want the barn to be an asset for a future owner-- not something a buyer would look at and say WTF were they thinking, making a stall <10ft wide??