This time of year it seems I constantly have requests from my equestrian clients regarding how to plan, build and or add-on to their current horse farm or property. Obviously, if you are starting from scratch this can be a huge undertaking. Sometimes the house is there but people want to add a barn and fencing, sometimes they want to get rid of poorly conceived outbuildings and customize with their own set-up. Whatever you decide to do with your property, it is critical to keep the "big picture" in mind. How well your property is laid out will definitely affects it's value in the future. Attached below is a link to a well done article created by managing editor Michelle Anderson on TheHorse.com describing the main considerations you should make when building or updating your horse property.
Unless your project is nontechnical, you’re using pre-existing, prefabricated, or stock (noncustom) barn plans, or you’re embarking on designing your own property and buildings, you’ll need an architect or design professional’s assistance and guidance.
Architects, specifically, have expertise in all phases of design, including feasibility studies, site design, barn and building design, permitting, budgeting, and ensuring everything is constructed correctly and per plans (more on each one of those steps in a moment). They also can coordinate any required engineering. (Have you ever wondered how those giant indoor rodeo arenas stay upright in a windstorm or earthquake? You can thank architects and engineers for that.)
Jeff Williams has been riding and showing American Quarter Horses since childhood and is a top producing Realtor with Windermere in Tacoma, Washington. If you have questions about this information please contact Jeff at 253-303-1135 or email him at JeffWilliams@Windermere.com.