Building a Horse Barn? 3 Things to Consider

Building a Horse Barn? 3 Things to Consider

Designing and building a custom facility of any kind is no small feat. Whether it’s an event venue, commercial space, or luxury home, there are many elements and moving parts to consider. And perhaps even more challenging in certain aspects is the planning for a horse barn or other equine structure.

Planning for Your Equine Project

Every equine project that we take on at B&D Builders is opportunity to create something truly special. The types of clients that we meet with are as diverse as the types of structures we create. It’s common for some clients to have a clear vision for their equine facility. It’s also common for some clients to not know exactly what their desires are. In either scenario, the knowledge and expertise of a reputable, full-service custom builder can be invaluable.

If you’re in the early planning stages for a simple horse barn or a show-stopping equestrian facility, here are some basic considerations to keep in mind as you move your plans forward with a builder.

Walk the Land

The first step to designing and building an unforgettable equine structure is to have a site visit and walk the land with your builder or architect. This is an opportunity to review preliminary sketches or completed plans and ensure proper site placement for your structure.

There are several factors to consider when determining the best location. Taking advantage of certain sunlight and wind conditions can not only help with the health of the horses but can also help determine the energy efficiency of your structure.

Another critical factor to consider with an equine project is storm water management. An experienced builder can help you address all these important areas that ultimately affect the best site placement for your project.

Explore Design Options

The design plans for an equine structure can be approached in a variety of ways.

Some clients may already be working with an architect and have a specific set of plans before choosing a builder to work with. In scenarios such as this, it’s important to review the plans with the builder as early as possible to address any potential design or construction challenges. This ensures the best possible outcome for the project.

In many cases, a client may not yet have an architect or architectural plans. B&D Builders can assist with finding clients the best architect for their project. We can even help support the interview and selection process if the client desires. For smaller-scale projects, B&D can manage the design in-house with architectural signoff.

As you can see there is a great deal of flexibility when it comes to design considerations for your equine projects, and B&D can help determine the best option based on the scope of your project.

Expect Open Communication

With projects as complex as custom-built equine structures, open communication is a must. There are many details to assess and manage – everything from building codes and zoning approvals to the final interior and exterior design options.

Work with a horse barn builder that approaches each one of their projects with great attention to detail, clear and transparent communication, and a collaborative mindset. It’s the best way to guarantee that your vision becomes a successful and unforgettable reality.