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Complete Plans for Building Horse Barns Big and Small
 

Complete Plans for Building Horse Barns Big and Small     
 
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Nancy W. Ambrosiano and Mary F. Harcourt
Breakthrough Publications, 2006
ISBN 0914327917

I made extensive use of this book when designing my barn. Although the exact barn I wanted wasn't in the plans presented, there is a wide variety of illustrated plans for the construction of both sheds and barns which house from one to nine horses. These include:

  • Florida Sun Shed
  • Hot Weather Barns
  • Barn with Attached Cottage
  • California Run-in Shed
  • 1 or 2 Horse Barn
  • Convertible Barn/Garage
  • Virginia Run-in Shed
  • 3 or 4 Horse Simple Barn
  • 8 Horse Barn with Home Overhead
  • Trailer Shed with Run-in
  • Breeding/Training Barn
  • 6 Horse Show Barn
At least as important as the plans (although who doesn't LOVE to look at barn plans?) are the important and detailed chapters dealing with barn and facilities design principles. I made use of the detailed ventilation information in designing my barn, and ended up using a natural ventilation system of a vaulted ceiling with cupola, which provides ample fresh clean air, and has resulted in a barn that is dry, pleasant and smells good.

Other important principles discussed are light and lighting, water, flooring, stall design, storage facilities, and high-tech and safety features. One of the best ideas I took away was the importance of fire-proofing your hay storage, and definitely not using overhead hay storage in your barn. All the barns I grew up with had the traditional overhead loft, but modern practices of separate fire-proofed hay storage have greatly extended the fire containment period allowing you more precious time to first notice the fire and then get the horses out.

This book will give you the tools you need to design your dream barn. Highly recommended.

 
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