Horizon Structures Presents Series: Get Inspired! Explore Horse Barn Designs Nationwide For Fresh Ideas 

by Nikki Alvin-Smith

 The huge variety of styles and designs available in modern horse barn construction offer a myriad of ways to keep horses safe, happy and secure.

Everyone from horse folks seeking to bring their horses home to live in their own backyard to the keen entrepreneur looking to develop a large equine facility and all the horse aficionados in-between, want to leverage their finances and build the best horse barn possible for their beloved equines.

The amount of choice in horse barn floor plans, low-maintenance or traditional construction materials and the increasing interest in providing a less labor, more horse friendly stable environment can have even the savviest horse person perplexed and overwhelmed trying to sort through all the options.

Naturally the new horse barn purchasing experience is very exciting. And entertaining all the possibilities in barn design from the comfort of your armchair offers such convenience and shareability for the buyer that modular construction with its ‘to the penny’ quote and fast timeline for set up offer significant appeal for the horse owner.

The challenge becomes negotiating the balancing act that is the divide between what is ideally wanted and what can be afforded. Financing options, warranties as sturdy as the horse barn builds themselves and clearly written and easy to understand contracts notwithstanding, the prospective barn buyer does need help sorting out price points and barn styles.

Make An Informed Decision

The best decisions made in life are usually those that are made based on accurate and highly relevant information being collected, and questions being asked in advance of signing on the dotted line.

“Back in the day” horse folks had to depend on what builders were available in their local neighborhood to undertake the construction task. As a result the design element in the barn build equation often became a signature of the local construction company. This often resulted in mirror image barns being constructed in a region that varied little in their aesthetic appeal. The barns’ fit, form or function for the specific purpose or preferred horse-keeping method of the horse owner were often overlooked. Instead a generic horse barn style built with similar materials would be laboriously built on site with budgets usually thrown out the barn door as costs quoted (or worse given in an estimate) would almost invariably rise along with the building for one reason or another.

Thankfully, the British invented world wide web, nobly freely gifted to the universe by Sir Tim Berners-Lee in 1989, has changed all that. Today inspiration for horse barn designs and the buying process from start to finish has galloped along at lightning speed. As they say, “A blind man on a galloping horse couldn’t miss it.”

Enter The Horse Barn Buying Arena With Confidence

As not everyone is gifted at having innate vision when it comes to architecture and design elements of construction, and most of us freely admit that we don’t know what we don’t know, consider that the best route to perfect the right barn design at the right price for your own needs is to do the research.

Leading manufacturers with a light nationwide footprint offer amazing resources to inspire ideas for the busy horse owner that needs a bit of help getting mounted on the right horse in their selection of barn designs, features, possible upgrades and price points.

Featured Barn Projects is a great example of such a resource. The filter system on the pages allows the viewer to hone in and home in on their favorite designs. The customizable nature of the modular builds offers every size and style imaginable and the ease with which a ‘to the penny’ quote literally to your front door can be obtained is quite astonishing.

 Plan Changes Made Easy

It is undeniably difficult to simply imagine what a barn will feel like to use and work within until it has been built and you can open the barn door and trot inside. The advent of 3-D technology is another useful resource that the prospective horse barn purchaser can employ. The option to view a 3-D rendering of a planned equine barn provides a clear vision of the final structure.

Changes made to plans are easy to accomplish and it is much less costly to do at the planning stage than at the construction phase of the project. ‘Work changes’ will usually add costs to the build and avoiding these last-minute changes of heart is to be avoided if possible.

Why Wouldn’t You?

The question all prospective barn buyers and horse farm developers should ask themselves is, “Why wouldn’t you take advantage of all these resources?” When you remove the stress and financial implications of second-guessing your choice of barn features or designs, can make an informed decision with accurate pricing and make the purchasing experience pleasurable, why would you do anything else.

Taking the time to do the research and make your best buying decision is not time wasted. To take advantage of the free rein of choice now available nationwide to buy a barn without the limitation of using only local construction providers that may have little experience with horses and their needs, is a smart move.

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 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 chicken coops, equine hay feeders, greenhouses, dog kennels, 1 and 2 car garages, storage sheds and outdoor living structures and playsets.

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

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