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Pre-Fab/ Modular Barns: Best Quality for Money

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  • Pre-Fab/ Modular Barns: Best Quality for Money

    Seeking opinions on pre-fabricated modular barns. Looking for the best confluence of high quality and reasonable price. 4-6 stalls plus tack/hay/feed storage.

    I know MOrton Barns have a good name, but I would like to hear if people feel they are worth the price.

    I'm also not really familiar with any other brands.

    This would be for Southern California.

    ~Living the life I imagined~

  • #2
    I've been really impressed with MD Barns that I've seen up here and since MD merged with Barnmaster, you might check them out as I believe they are based in California. Another maker that I am aware of is Castlebrook -- they make a beautiful barn, but I've only seen one in person up here so don't know much about them. But I believe they are also California based.


    • #3
      We love our Barnmaster. We dealt with Nancy from the Norco office and she was WONDERFUL. We looked at all of the various barns before deciding.



      • #4
        We refer to our barn as a stable, since it isn't a "real" barn by any means....

        We LOVE it, though. It has 6 Priefert stalls with built in hay feeders and a dutch window, a wash bay with hot/cold running water year round, heated tack room, heated bathroom with hot/cold running water, two completely functional wall size doors on each end of stable for great ventilation....and the best part is, we are the only boarders since this is a private family home and not a boarding facility.
        I know that alot of people prefer REAL barns, but we like the perks that the pre fab/modern stables offer....

        Here are some pics:
        outside of stable

        the stalls/aisleway


        built in and removable hay feeders..we removed them, making TWO dutch windows in the stalls.


        other ammenities:




        bathroom, has sink, shelving, medicine cabinet....


        Just wanted to add: the chickens free range, and their stall has a door to the outside, that is opened and closed with a pulley system installed on the outside of their stall....


        So....all in all, i like the ammenities of the pre fab stables....even if they don't quite have the rural look and feel of a real barn.

        I don't know the company name of the building, I'll have to check...the stalls are Priefert stalls.


        • #5
          What about Triton Barn Systems. http://www.tritonbarns.com/barns.php

          I have a pole barn but used their stall doors and grills and they built really well.


          • #6
            North Coast Barns installed my barn 10 years ago. I have been very happy with how it has held up, and it was a little less expensive than Castlebrook. I looked at MD, etc. We wanted a wood T&G barn.


            You might also check out SC Barns. Similar construction.



            • #7
              Originally posted by pds View Post
              What about Triton Barn Systems. http://www.tritonbarns.com/barns.php

              I have a pole barn but used their stall doors and grills and they built really well.
              We have a Triton. I didn't think of it as pre-fab as meant here because it does take some construction - but they go up pretty well (even when the company forgets to send you directions.) You have to pour footers if not a slab, cut wood to length, etc. But all the pieces go pretty easily.

              Our biggest complaint was the delays on delivery of steel parts - prices had gone up considerably right after we ordered, and Triton's supplier was not reliable and good about communication; not a problem with individuals at Triton, but hopefully they have supplier issues ironed out some!

              We got the raised roof which leaves a big gap at the top - It was definitely the right choice for us, but I advice against it if you get weather issues! Winter rain doesn't come in, but summer monsoons do. At those temperatures, it's not really such a problem. Airflow was WAY more important to us, and it's far more comfortable inside than out during the summer. The horses choose to hang out in their stalls for the hottest part of the day, which is something I've never seen horses do in any other barn in Tucson, really. I would have rather had a block barn, but trying to build what is seen as a permanent structure vs. one on the cement footer was a whole different ballgame.

              Some during work and some finished photos:



              (Before back doors)









              Poured footers:
              Originally posted by Silverbridge
              If you get anything on your Facebook feed about who is going to the Olympics in 2012 or guessing the outcome of Bush v Gore please start threads about those, too.


              • Original Poster

                Thanks everyone for the great responses and pics! I see I have a lot of research to do...

                As a ~rough~ ballpark, any input on the labor cost (in SoCal- San diego county) to put up barns of a size smaller than Mah Navu's or netg's? I"m estimating basicaly double the cost of the barn?

                DH and I are scoping out equestrian properties but so far not finding nice house-nice land- nice location- nice horse facilities- nice price! I figure that of all those, the horse facilities are the easiest to put in, and I'll get exactly what I want, and won't pay the crazy premium that existing facilities seem to command around here.
                ~Living the life I imagined~


                • #9
                  Originally posted by hey101 View Post
                  DH and I are scoping out equestrian properties but so far not finding nice house-nice land- nice location- nice horse facilities- nice price! I figure that of all those, the horse facilities are the easiest to put in, and I'll get exactly what I want, and won't pay the crazy premium that existing facilities seem to command around here.
                  In Tucson, labor was maybe half the cost of the barn. We had a lot of other stuff done as well, though. The barn itself took less than a week to put up all together, I think, including electric and water installation, though they did it as parts came in (multiple shipments from different suppliers) and worked on other things around the house/property at the same time.

                  Two handy folks working together could get it up themselves, though, I think without much trouble. With my full time job and mom's aging inability to help lifting anything, it wasn't something I had the means to do. If I ever do an expansion I'd likely time it to have my stepbrothers help when the one who lives out of town is visiting during a break from school.
                  Originally posted by Silverbridge
                  If you get anything on your Facebook feed about who is going to the Olympics in 2012 or guessing the outcome of Bush v Gore please start threads about those, too.