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Farm Blueprints and Designs

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  • Farm Blueprints and Designs

    First and Foremost . I am new here. I have been lurking around for months now . AND we are finalizing and closing on some land in Southern Virginia.
    I am in the market of looking at and designing MY Barn.!!!
    Do you guys know where I can find Blueprints, Barn Designs, or Layouts.
    Trying to decide what style and how many stalls to build .
    Any advise . I have been to book stores looking and no publications.

  • #2
    Could you look around your area and see which ones you like and ask them who build them?

    There is a poster here that is an architect and has built barns, but is in CO, so don't know if that would help you.

    Do you want a regular, standard barn, or a fancier one?
    How many stalls, any other?


    • Original Poster

      That is my main project now . Trying to decide on a Center Aisle, Courtyard, or Belmont Type of barn.
      We are going between 10-14 stalls. and this is going to be a private facility so I want to make it somewhat fancy but functional for me. I have WB's and Sporthorse crosses so they are big. strictly hunters .


      • #4
        The idea of having a barn is to be out of the weather when handling horses, so that would rule out shedrow type barns, I would think.


        • Original Poster

          Yes but down here in Southern Virginia right on the N/C boarder. It is not a harsh winter . So a shed row could work or even a lovely courtyard style.


          • #6
            The book you really should get first is Horse Stable and Riding Arena Design, by Eileen Wheeler, Blackwell Publishing.

            It is an engineering book and can save you a lot of trouble listening to everyone telling you that you don't need to make it (whatever it is as the moment that you are trying to get built RIGHT) that strong, deep or solid !!


            • #7
              I live about an hour south of the VA border in the Central Peidmont area. I get southern VA weather.

              There are going to be storms in the winter with freezing rain or snow or almost freezing rain and fairly high winds with it. That is when you will wish you had some way of closing everything up. Almost all of the winter weather that is bad comes from the northwest travelling south. I rarely (once on twenty years) get anything blowing into the barn from the east or southeast.
              Last edited by BaroquePony; Sep. 19, 2010, 02:57 AM.


              • #8
                Originally posted by RideandJump View Post
                Yes but down here in Southern Virginia right on the N/C boarder. It is not a harsh winter . So a shed row could work or even a lovely courtyard style.

                It does rain there, I think.
                I lived for a while in Southern Pines, NC and we had a full barn and thankful for it.

                Still, those courtyard barns are pretty and if it is a private barn, well, your comfort will be the only one that matters, not that of any clients.


                • #9
                  I'm from the NC Piedmont originally - and yes, plan on ice storms, rainy winters, and summer weather that will make you want to seek shade! I'd recommend a center-aisle, but that's my personal preference... you could do a hybrid with a courtyard on one side, if you had dutch doors going out of the stalls on that side and did an extended eave sort of thing. then you could have the best of both worlds.
                  Congrats on your farm!


                  • #10
                    Oh also, I know several people who have built barns with morton - they have a number of their own plans or can customize. Check out their web site. Everyone I know who has worked with them has been very pleased.


                    • #11
                      Where are you in Southside Va. ? We're on the North side of Lake Gaston.


                      • #12
                        "Horse Housing" by Cherry Hill and Richard Klimesh is a user-friendly guide to the design and building process. She also wrote "Horsekeeping on a Small Acreage" with good land-use ideas.

                        If you google "barn design" you'll get lots of sites.

                        Finally... always a good idea to live on the property for a year before building to see where the weather comes from and how things drain.
                        Patience pays.


                        • Original Poster

                          We are going to be located off of RT 58 about 3 miles from the NC boarder. I strictly ride and show Hunters and have several youngsters that will be showing in hand and broke by a professional I know.
                          Thank you all for the reference on books to get. going to the nearby Barnes and Noble tonight and order them.
                          YES, did google last night and got lots of sites and there are several I want to follow up on.


                          • Original Poster

                            I want to try and stay away from the Morton Building. I do not want a steel barn like that . It is too basic . I am trying to go and make this a very " Northern Middleburg" type of place. You know lots of character. Lots of extras , and most of all the place I dreamed of . WE are really going to plan this as a wonderful facility and something to be proud of .


                            • #15
                              I think Tom King, the poster above, is a builder and can help you with your questions.
                              Why don't you PM him?


                              • #16
                                Well, personally I love looking at the catalogs from the stall equipment companies...you know, Lucas Equine Equipment, Classic Equine, etc. That will give you some ideas.

                                Given that you are thinking of making this barn pretty special, why not involve an architect who could help you with the design and draw you up a set of detailed plans to get some detailed estimates from? Of course, I'd make sure you use an architect with horse barn expertise, I'm trying to think of some names, Blackburn and CMW come to mind.

                                Thirdly, I would make a point of touring some really nice barns to get ideas about the layout. I recently toured a really awesome barn in my area and it gave me a lot of ideas of both things I did and didn't like.


                                • #17
                                  Posted by Melissa.Hare.Jones:

                                  Finally... always a good idea to live on the property for a year before building to see where the weather comes from and how things drain.
                                  This is one of the most important aspects for building a barn that works no matter what the weather: *Site Design* and *Drainage Design*

                                  Or at least know how you will handle things not going perfectly ... you know... Plan A, Plan B, Plan C


                                  • #18
                                    Even if they are not in your area, FBI Buildings website has an interactive template you can play with.

                                    They also offer some really nice options for doors, windows, sky/eavelights, cupolas, etc.

                                    Don't know what your budget is, but for custom add-ons be sure to include in your original plan - aftermarket can be a killer.

                                    Have fun planning!
                                    *friend of bar.ka*RIP all my lovely boys, gone too soon:
                                    Steppin' Out 1988-2004
                                    Hey Vern! 1982-2009, Cash's Bay Threat 1994-2009
                                    Sam(Jaybee Altair) 1994-2015


                                    • #19
                                      Even if you do not want to insulate the walls, I would highly recommend insulating the ceiling/roof with at least R-30 or so. Doing so will keep the barn at least 10*/15* cooler in the summer. That will make everything you do in the summer so much more comfortable ... cleaning horses, tacking up, vet care, etc..


                                      • #20
                                        There are some books and plans available on this site: http://www.stablewise.com/barn_plans/index.htm