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July 31, 2013

Building Your Wellington Horse Barn- Designing Your Horse Barn Takes Planning and Thought

Building Your Wellington Horse Barn- Designing Your Horse Barn Takes Planning and Thought

When touring prospective new residents through our town of Wellington Florida the comment heard frequently is that they can not tell the house from the barn. Many of the stately barns in Wellington look similar to mansion estates. There are those who have horse barns and stalls that are cleaner than their human quarters. 

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You can design a barn as a simple structure for one or two horses or you can go all out and design a barn fit for kings and queens. The impressive beauty of many of our horse barns is etched in memory banks of those who come for a visit to our southern style hometown feel town of Wellington Florida. 

There are so many options available to you in horse barn design. There are also a lot of desisions you need to make before you start on the design. Taking into consideration the purpose of your barn is of formost importance because it is much easier to plan appropriately right now than to find out after you have built the structure of your barn that you have not met your goals. 

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One of the most important choices you should make in designing your estate horse barn in Wellington is to determine what your labor force is going to consist of and what their duties are. The biggest expense in any equestrian facility is labor. You not only what to maximise your labor efficiencies but also reduce the cost of labor by providing great barn design that considers each of the labor tasks involved in your every day care and training of your horses. 

The other big expense is the cost of electricity. Light bills can run high here and so considering in your design of your barn how to maximize natural light should be a large factor. 

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When you consider your lighting options you also want to take into account the best ventalation practices reducing heat in your barns because this is after all, still Florida. You want to pull your air up and then through your barn for proper ventilation. Make sure your air is not horizontal in movement as this creates and spreads bacteria and pathogens from one horse to another. 

Make sure that you lay out your design before you even meet with an architect. Have what you envision already sketched out. Consider many of the features that you will be spending money on such as fencing, paddocks and sprinker systems. 

It is natural for you to think of your horses’ needs first. But there are considerations that many times are not planned out and then it is after you build your barn that suddenly you realize, that you have don’t have a place for the tractor. It rains in the summers especially here in South Florida. You want to have a place to store your tractor, your tools and the rest of your vehicles. 

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Where will you collect the manure? Where will you dispose of your manure? Where is the truck going to drive into in order to reach your manure that needs to be removed from your facility. 

Plan now for all these situations and this will in the end reduce your labor costs. 


Katerina Gasset

Katerina Gasset- I am a Realtor®, blogger, writer, marketing and branding expert along with also being a wife, mother and homeschooling parent. Follow me on Google+ by clicking on the tabs above. All my blog posts are posted on my G+ profile.