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A brief examination of four wooden horse barn construction
The following describes four commonly used construction methodology
types I see being practiced by builders of wood frame horse barns
today. I will call them:
The vernacular of construction is very regional, so these types of
construction may have somewhat different names in your local building
community. Furthermore, while this presentation takes a more
“absolutist” approach, it is quite common for horse barns to be
constructed that combine aspects of two or more of these methodologies
as demonstrated herein.
I will take the barn design shown above and provide animations along
with a written description to explain aspects of each methodology type.
In the process, I will offer my opinions on the advantages and
disadvantages of each type. Just click on any barn type to go to the page associated with that barn construction type.
The purpose of this article is to make the
prospective Owner of a brand new horse barn aware that he or she has
options. And while the barn may look exactly the same on the outside
while standing on the other side of the paddock, the methodology of
construction will have both long and short term consequences that
should be carefully evaluated and understood before the Owner contracts
with a Builder.
This is a typical four stall, center aisle barn with a
Tack Room and a Grain Room on the Main Floor Level. A set of stairs in
the Tack Room connects to a Hay Loft on the Second Floor Level. The
general dimension of the barn are 36'x36', but vary slightly depending
upon the common practice associated with each particular methodology.
The Shed Roof Porches front and back extend about 9' from the face of
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