barn and arena building questions
Some of you may remember my thread from a little while ago about whether I should "go big or go home". Well, after obtaining some more quotes, I found that "going big", really didn't cost much more than staying small, so I've decided to go with an indoor arena that is a full dressage rings side :yes:
Now, I am tweaking the barn plan. Barn will be attached to the long side of the arena. Here are some ideas that I am wrestling with.
1) Do I put a loft area above the barn? My plan would be to put a large viewing lounge overlooking the ring, bathroom and maybe a laundry room up there, as well as hay storage. My concern is that I have seen many barns with fancy viewing lounges, and they seem empty most of the time. A friend did point out though that it's nice to have a warm place to change clothes, have a fridge, microwave, and couch to sleep on if someone is on foal watch or keeping an eye on a colicy horse. What about the safety of keeping hay in the barn? People say it's a fire hazard, but it seems like almost every barn around here has hay storage above. The loft does at a significant cost to the building, but would add about 2800 feet of usable space.
2)How big does the tack room need to be? It's an 8 stall barn. Current plan has the tack room at 16x12. Is it better to have tack lockers or a communal tackroom? I am thinking of having a second "private" tack room for myself, but I would lose a stall that way.
3) Do you think an 10x12 feed room is big enough to house grain, hay for a few days, wheelbarrows and pitchforks? Seems small to me.
4)Should I have a heated room for hanging blankets to dry, or is that going over the top? It does get very cold around here (I'm in Ontario) so damp blankets hung in a cold barn over night basically freeze solid. Also, I hate untidy blankets hanging off of stall doors. I prefer them to be out of sight.
5) Do I need a "man door" from the outside of the building to the indoor arena? There will be a overhead garage door and of course and entrance from the barn into the arena. I can't seen why I would need a man door, but the builder suggested it.
6)kickboards will be tongue and groove pine. Does vertical boards or horizontal look better?