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  • Another tack room design question

    Building a 30'x40' metal barn and my biggest decision so far is should I put a window in the tack room? It will have good overhead lighting, but do you think there is any benefit/detriment to natural lighting?

    I'm worried about the heat (Texans can relate) since the window would be on the west side. There won't be any feed or medications in the tack room.
    "Everyone will start to cheer, when you put on your sailin shoes"-Lowell George

  • #2
    The window will hold an air conditioner and allow outside light if you wish. Downside - lack of security.
    "Never do anything that you have to explain twice to the paramedics."
    Courtesy my cousin Tim


    • #3
      Would any of the leather fade in the sunlight? Honest question, I'm not sure myself, but I thought about it because one of my trainer's saddles seems faded where the leg and seat do not lie- lighter than the rest. I don't know if that's a sun bleaching thing or not. UV protection on the glass would help probably.

      Ditto on the security. A curtain/blind won't fix that but may help make things less obvious if someone were to look inside while you were gone.

      I'm all for natural light, so I'd be inclined to put it in :-)


      • #4
        Also, depending on the layout, it may be nice to have a window there for a quick and easy way to check outside. I know with our dogs, the living room doesn't have a window to the backyard and i wish I could quickly peek out if suddenly there's a bunch of noise.


        • Original Poster

          I had originally told the builder no, because of the security issue. Then I thought it would be nice to check on the dogs, etc. Now I'm thinking no again, because unless I'm cleaning tack how long am I going to be in there? I'll probably be in the wash bay more than I'm in the tack room, and that definitely won't have a window.

          I can't imagine building a house. I'd never be able to make that many decisions
          "Everyone will start to cheer, when you put on your sailin shoes"-Lowell George


          • #6
            Yes, put it in.

            There are times while cleaning tack when you need a "sunlight reality check" on what you are doing/really looking at.
            The armchair saddler
            Politically Pro-Cat


            • #7
              I don't have a window in my tack room and there's never been a moment when I wished I had one. I clean my tack in the aisle way (no desire to get water on the rug I have in the tack room) and I prefer the security of knowing there's no way in other than the heavy wood door (which also does not have a window).

              But it wouldn't be too hard to secure a window if you wanted the light. And curtains would keep the sunlight from bleaching things if you went that route.
              Flying F Sport Horses
              Horses in the NW


              • #8
                Do you HAVE to clean the tack in the tack room? I would be concerned about a West-facing window and your many months of heat. You can definitely make the window pretty secure if you need do, so that wouldn't concern me.
                The CoTH CYA - please consult w/your veterinarian under any and all circumstances. - ET


                • Original Poster

                  Originally posted by JB View Post
                  Do you HAVE to clean the tack in the tack room? I would be concerned about a West-facing window and your many months of heat. You can definitely make the window pretty secure if you need do, so that wouldn't concern me.
                  I'm still leaning towards no. You're right. I'll have a big overhead door and I can just clean in the aisle, if I think the light isn't good enough in the tack room. I am putting a a sink in the tack room though, so just seems more convenient to do everything in there.
                  "Everyone will start to cheer, when you put on your sailin shoes"-Lowell George


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