Finding the time and energy to complete all the tasks on a honey-do-list can be elusive. Even with the best of intentions and efforts to work diligently through the list of assignments, there exists a strange phenomenon where the honey-do-list seems to magically grow. As horse owners and their families know, the endless requests from a spouse or partner to complete chores doesn’t stop at the front door of the household, it extends outside.
Some chores or tasks are more overwhelming to tackle than others, and building a shelter for your animals is a huge undertaking. Regardless of whether your significant other or yourself are experienced at building and have the knowledge to construct a coop to keep your chickens safe, a kennel to confine your canine or a barn to house your horse, the amount of time it takes to make the structure a reality is considerable.
It’s not only the time needed to bring the project to fruition that’s difficult to find, it’s the energy and ambition to put the building together. Materials must be priced and located, paid for, picked up or delivered, and stored pending the build. Tools must be acquired to construct the structure, some of which can be dangerous to use and that require a learning curve to operate successfully. A hammer and a few nails simply aren’t going to cut it. Then there’s the question of ladders and heights. Every structure needs a roof. It’s rare to find anyone who actually likes working on a roof if it’s more than a few feet off the ground, and the expense of a lift for the job is not viable for the average homeowner.
And talking of costs, the larger the project the more chance there is of a budget overrun. Financing for a barn or larger structure is often not readily available when materials are bought piecemeal. Construction costs are likely to be at full retail as a ‘one off’ building is not likely to qualify for discounted pricing at the big box store or local building merchant.
Most towns require some sort of plan and permit to be in place before construction is allowed. For safety all buildings need to be properly engineered to withstand snow loads, high winds and offer functional use. This requires more work and time spent and planning mistakes will cause delays.
Mother Nature is also likely to have some input in the project and she can conspire to thwart valiant efforts to get the building completed in the limited ‘spare time’ that folks that work fulltime have on hand.
If your partner or spouse and self are not well-versed in construction then mistakes in the build are highly likely to occur. And we all know that things that are hard to do or that we don’t know how to complete, tend to get put off. So the run-in shed that was promised this summer may still just be a drawing on a piece of paper. Not helpful.
It’s inevitable that the honey-do-list can become a source of antagonism even in the most solid of relationships. The only nag in the family is ideally one of the equine variety!
So what is a horse owner to do?
The simple answer is to purchase a prefab or modular building. In recent years the ‘instant’ barn, run-in shed, kennel or coop (or any other kind of shelter), has become extremely popular. And you can see why.
Quick and easy to purchase with financing help available at larger companies and full customization options, the ‘to the penny’ quote that includes set up and delivery of the structure provides a tempting opportunity. As the construction company provides plans, permits are readily attained and worries over the details of proper engineering are delegated to those that know. The structure is professionally crafted with quality materials that are readily at hand by an experienced team used to working together. Warranties for the workmanship and the products used are provided.
There is no necessity to worry about the weather impeding the progress and timeline for completion of the building and set-up is quickly accomplished often in one or two days, depending on the scope of the project.
Is it the right time to gift yourself and your significant other one less task on the honey-do-list and take advantage of the modular or prefab option? It doesn’t hurt to look. Find a proven, reputable company that specializes in the type of shelter you require. You are not limited by geography and who is available in your immediate neighborhood, as many larger modular building companies over nationwide delivery.
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This article is brought to you courtesy of Horizon Structures Inc., Atglen PA – Modular horse barn specialists. Horizon Structures also offers both residential and commercial kennels, coops, multi-use structures and playsets. Please visit https://www.HorizonStructures.com to learn more.
About Horizon Structures: One horse or twenty, there's one thing all horse owners have in common...the need to provide safe and secure shelter for their equine partners. At Horizon Structures, we combine expert craftsmanship, top-of-the-line materials and smart "horse-friendly" design to create a full line of sheds and barns that any horse owner can feel confident is the right choice for their horses' stabling needs.
All wood. Amish Made. Most of our buildings are shipped 100% pre-built and ready for same-day use. Larger barns are a modular construction and can be ready for your horses in less than a week. All our barn packages include everything you need -
Horizon Structures also sells indoor riding arenas, chicken coops, dog kennels, 1 and 2 car garages, storage sheds and outdoor living structures.
Headquartered in South-Central Pennsylvania, Horizon Structures, LLC is owned by Dave Zook. Dave was raised in the Amish tradition and grew up working in the family-owned shed business. He started Horizon Structures in 2001 in response to an ever-increasing customer demand for high quality, affordable horse barns.
For additional information about the company or their product line, please visit their website at https://www.horizonstructures.com
Horizon Structures LLC, Atglen, PA
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About Nikki Alvin-Smith: International published freelance writer and creative content producer for the equestrian and pet industry. Ghostwriting, blog services, PR/Marketing specialist. Nikki also produces catalog and website copy, white papers, e-books, corporate brochures and advertising copy for a wide range of businesses.
As a Brit who has called the America home for the past 34 years, Nikki brings a unique perspective to the equestrian world. Nikki is also an accomplished Grand Prix dressage trainer/competitor, competing at international level and is a highly sought clinician offering clinics worldwide. She has been a horse breeder/importer of warmblood and Iberian breeds for more than 25 years. Together with her husband Paul who is also a Grand Prix trainer, they run Willowview Hill Farm, a private dressage breeding operation and training yard in the beautiful Catskill Mountains of New York. Please visit https://nikkialvinsmithstudio.com/ to learn more about her affordable services.
Horizon Structures LLC, Atglen, PA
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