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  • Photos of your metal barns

    Spinoff of my earlier thread. Would love to see photos of your metal barns. I'm having a hard time breaking myself of my want for a board and batten barn but the savings is a significant difference for the metal. I'd love to see photos of your metal barns!

    The barn builder said he'd take me to see several local ones he has built and that they really are nice...I guess it's the metal roof AND metal barn that worries me. Does anyone feel they are hotter in summer than board and batten?

    Photos please!

  • #2

    Our barn isn't very fancy but suits us, just two horses, I really like how it turned out, you can change the look by using different sliders, like ones with windows in them, but that was out of budget for us. As on the other thread only thing I regret is not insulating roof as it is loud in the rain, I will probably fix that at some point. No warmer in summer than anything else usually 5-10 degrees cooler.
    "They spend 11 months stuggling to live, and 25 years trying to die" my farrier

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      • #4
        SPF that is a gorgeous barn and what great tack, washrack, feedroom areas! LOVE it. I know you do too! (one question: is that a regular glass window in the aisleway?)
        "Indecision may or may not be my problem"
        --Jimmy Buffett


        • #5
          Ours came with the property so we didn't have a hand in designing any of it but we like it pretty well. It has a dirt floor which is good and bad, I've worked in barns that had real floors and there are pluses and minuses both ways, IME. The yellow strip at the top along the gable is clear fiberglass so it's always light in the barn, I love that feature. The roof is insulated and that's nice; it's not usually WARM in there b/c of the open doors but it is the perfect temperature in the summertime.


          This picture was from last weekend-dirt floor is apparent but it was taken in the afternoon of a cloudy Montana day and you can see the natural light. All the barn doors were shut.



          hopefully the pictures work; photobucket upgraded me and it all looks new and different...
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          • #6

            This is when it was first put up. Everything was still a work in progress.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by ayrabz View Post
              SPF that is a gorgeous barn and what great tack, washrack, feedroom areas! LOVE it. I know you do too! (one question: is that a regular glass window in the aisleway?)
              HAHAHA, at first I'm like "window what window??" ... Shift+R improves the quality of this image. CTRL+F5 reloads the whole page. But yes it is has a screen in the summer, we usually have a nice breeze in the aisle. Thank you for your kinds words, sometimes I still can't believe it is finished it was 3 years coming.
              "They spend 11 months stuggling to live, and 25 years trying to die" my farrier

              "They are dangerous on both ends and crafty in the middle"


              • #8
                Ours is right now what we added to our old Quonset barn, that eventually will be our quarantine barn, when we finish our regular barn some day in the future:



                • #9
                  Here is our little barn: https://fbcdn-sphotos-a-a.akamaihd.n...74982445_n.jpg

                  It was here when I bought the farm. It is not insulated, but I do want to get the spray-on type insulation for the ceiling inside. The barn has no shade and is completely exposed to the elements out here on the prairie. Still, I feel like it's pretty comfy in the winter when all the horses are in, their body heat warms it up pretty well. In the summer, we open the end doors and I put a big (3-ft.) fan at one end for a pretty good breeze. I also let the boys stay out in the run-in shed, and put the fan inside the barn blowing into the run-in, they stand right in front of it.

                  It has a dirt floor, but we are bringing in crushed stone this spring and covering that with rubber mats to reduce the dust. (Not that it's overly dusty, but I have respiratory problems and we're trying to reduce those as much as possible.)

                  My one and only complaint is a lack of natural light inside. This barn could use some windows! Also on the to-do list!


                  • #10
                    The barns were already built when we bought our place.


                    Don't really have any good pics of the inside of the smaller barn, but it has a dirt floor topped with gravel where we park equpment, mats in the aisle, and mats over screenings in the stalls. Double sliding doors on each end of the barn, with an additional man door on the front. Sliding doors from stalls to run-outs; vinyl fence has hotwire along all top rails.The roof has opaque panels that let in lots of light...especially when they aren't mildewed. Couldn't believe the difference when we had to replace them last year due to wind damage. Only three stalls, but room for a fourth...if we ever get around to it. Adding a wash stall next to the tack room is on the wish list.

                    Lighted tackroom has a metal door w/deadbolt, and a window reinforced with rebar for security.

                    The arena has opaque panels all around, just below the roof eaves that allows in more light. We ran electricity and added indoor lighting about 6 years ago.

                    I don't notice the metal barns being any hotter, but the metal roofs can be pretty noisy during rain/hailstorms.
                    Is it me or do 99.9% of cowboys just look better with their hats on?


                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Bluey View Post
                      Ours is right now what we added to our old Quonset barn, that eventually will be our quarantine barn, when we finish our regular barn some day in the future:

                      I actually love the looks of this! I've never had a "regular" barn, I've alway made due with converted hay barns.
                      Last edited by Angelico; Mar. 20, 2013, 08:32 PM.

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                      • #12
                        We have three metal barns, and also six metal run-ins that are lined with wood on the interior. Here are a couple of pictures:


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                        • #13
                          You guys have some gorgeous barns! Bluey, yours is neat as a pin!

                          I wish ours had an overhang, we have to deal with a lot of snow load and it all falls beside the barn. But we didn't design it and it's not time to add on yet.

                          Those run-ins are pretty-we just have trees. But here the wind doesn't blow and it's pretty temperate so we get by just fine.
                          “Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.” Stephen R. Covey


                          • #14
                            tpup, here's mine:

                            It's not fancy, but it's mine, from my own plan, and I'm very happy with it. I've lived with it for about a year now (with a horse present for all but a few sad months last spring).

                            I haven't run electric yet, but that will come someday. Layout-wise, it's a 36x40 building, with the southern end open (my big run-in). Inside, it's just two stalls (which I have yet to divide) on one side of the aisle, with a small tackroom (it's 12x8) and a big (16') open bay (where I store my hay, bedding and cleaning stuff) on the other side.

                            I know it's not a terribly fancy barn, but so far, it's proven very functional and handled our weird weather (including a hurricane) quite nicely. If I'd had more money (and more design talent), I'm sure I could have made it quite a bit prettier, but I do like the simplicity. I have plans to do some landscaping around the barn (I want to create a little patio on the side facing the house), and I'm going to put some boards up on the posts at the front of the barn so that I can use that area as a wash rack come summer.
                            Last edited by bdj; Mar. 21, 2013, 12:20 PM.


                            • #15
                              Mine isn't fancy but it is practical and airy or I can close it up to keep out winter weather. It is a 40' by 60' building.

                              The 4 horse stalls are on the left end and open to the south. An overhang here would have been perfect but it wasn't in the budget. The slider doors with windows opening is 10' wide so a truck can drive through. My tack room is in the middle of the barn on the back wall. The "man door" opens into the main area and the overhead door is 12' wide and I keep my hay and horse trailer in that end.

                              This was taken just inside the slider doors at the horse end. The interior floor is a solid base of limestone screening with a few mats down in the horse area. The stall floors are all fully matted.

                              We went with wainscoating on the exterior because the builder said if we ever bumped the side of the barn with the tractor, etc it is easier to make a swap out a 4' piece of metal rather than a 12' piece. We also went with a eaves on the overhang instead of the regular agricultural edge because the barn is right behind the house so it makes it's a little tidier.

                              The one thing I WISH we had researched and done when building this barn was to cover the eaves from birds getting in there. They make a wicked mess. Another builder in the area has a great system that I learned about after the fact.


                              • #16
                                SLW -- where did you get your limestone screenings? That is exactly what we plan to do in our barn as soon as this dad-gum winter weather subsides.


                                • #17
                                  BDJ...that's just an ADORABLE well thought out, very neat and attractive barn! Love what you did in : incorporating the run in on one end. Beautiful looking spot as well. So! Eastern Shore MD (!) take any overnight campers looking to ride the beach?
                                  "Indecision may or may not be my problem"
                                  --Jimmy Buffett


                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by King's Ransom View Post
                                    SLW -- where did you get your limestone screenings? That is exactly what we plan to do in our barn as soon as this dad-gum winter weather subsides.
                                    Johnson County Aggregates-(913) 764-2127 Call in the morning and often times they will have the load there within the hour, no kidding. Super nice folks. I get all my screenings and gravel from them. Get as much tonage as the truck can carry. The product isn't expensive, the hauling fee is what is high so make it worth the drive!


                                    • #19
                                      Thank you so much! That is exactly the info I need, SLW!


                                      • #20
                                        King's Ransom, We have a barn floor of limestone screenings
                                        (our farm came with a limestone quarry at the far end) and
                                        I have to warn you that the floor is dusty unless it is kept
                                        dampened a bit. I understand respitory problems, I have asthma.
                                        Robin from Dancing Horse Hill
                                        Elmwood, Wisconsin