Not your Every Day Projects
Have an idea in your head that you just can't stop thinking of? You're not alone! In this case, it's ok to be extra :)
Too much grass? Dig a pond....
Pipes in for filtrations system, and welded in pond liner so that you don't have muck squishing between your toes. Ringed with paver blocks and large natural rock; one day, it will be landscaped. This one is a work in progress!
Seven feet deep at the center; two shelf steps on one side in case of emergency (livestock lives onsite), and a 2ft deep x 6 ft wide shelf on one end, to allow littles to wade in with floaties and parents.
Every nice horse barn needs a climate controlled tack room - after all, expensive hobbies have expensive accessories, and it's a shame to have ruined leather because of high moisture. So concrete floor, 2x4 framed and insulated walls, with the crown jewel being the saddle rack wall. 17 saddle racks mounted on a 2x6 framed wall, with 2x12's over laid, 3/4" plywood over that, and finished out with tar paper and cedar fence boards on a 45 degree angle. This heavy duty backing allowed saddle racks and blanket racks to be hung in any position on the wall, without having to look for backing to support.
When you need to store yard equipment and protect a well, this is the best way to do it. Weatherproof, insulated and with power dropped into it, climate control can happen year round. No more frozen pumps!
Though the building was erected by Farrell Pole Builders (thanks Brian), Happy Hollow turned the 36x72 open pole barn into a 8 stall horse barn with separate tack and grain rooms. A loft was added as well for hay storage. The header beams were from a covered bridge renovation in Albany, OR, they date back almost 100 years. If you look closely, you can see the original saw cuts on the beams. 12x12 box stalls went in next, made of 2x6 tongue and groove. Concrete floors, so each stall was matted for leg relief. Auto waterers (because all horse people know how lame it is to drag hoses all the time) and corner feeders and slider doors with drop gate fronts finished out the custom stalls.
One of the most efficient ways to add useable space in a barn is to add a loft. Set on our 12x20 headers, with 2x12 joists set 16" OC, we lofted the entire building - all 36x72. Hay chutes were cut in for each stall, and extra wide (4'0") stairs were built in place. Why so wide? Barns are great for storage, and totes stack well....but they are sure hard to carry up and down stairs! So are hay bales, so a hay elevator was built in place in the floor, inset on i-beams built in while the loft was laid. With the push of a button, the elevator drops so that you can load in hay. And of course a handrail so no one ski's down the elevator.....
You will never hear someone talk about how they have too much storage space. This customer was in need of outdoor storage for yard supplies and equipment, as well as tools. So weatherproof, insulated and secure were all requirements. Check it out!