Blog By Nikki Alvin-Smith
It’s easy to overlook the reality of having a construction site ongoing for weeks and weeks or even months at a time on a horse farm. New barn structures come in all shapes and sizes, and their build can certainly be a long and arduous task if the work is all completed on site. Barn building projects invite more than a few dangers to the horse owner and the building site can quickly become a noisy nightmare day in day out with a seemingly never-ending horde of horrors that horses and their owners would rather do without.
The parade of construction crew members and their varietal vehicles; noise from tools and equipment used in modern day construction; delivery trucks up and down the driveway dropping off plastic covered pallets laden with roofing and building supplies; lumber piles everywhere; possible damage to fences and gateways; muddied driveways and rutted lawns are all part of the deal.
Horse trainers with horses already on site may deal with interrupted lesson programs due to the daily distracting noise and activity. The hazards of blowing debris can wreak havoc on even the most stoic of horses turned out nearby, who wrongly surmise their presence as predators. And the horse owner surveys the site at the end of each working day (given weather permits the construction crew being able to work of course), taking in the progress that has been made and combing the ground for the inevitable stray nails or other nefarious objects that might puncture a horse’s hoof or a tire on their farm equipment or car down the road.
It is important to note that even the use of a magnet to sweep the site after the building is completed will not pick up aluminum nails that are commonly used for metal roofs and siding. Due diligence in combing the property both outside the building and inside the structure is imperative to avoid the hazards of errant debris. Obviously the more work actually completed on site, the greater the chance for an issue.
From personal experience I know that dropped nails left on the floor can do much damage, though in my case thankfully it was to a tire of our brand new motorhome and not a horse. We had brought our RV inside our brand new building
(constructed on site by a Mid-West manufacturer) to load it with supplies for our training trip to Florida from New York. The day before we were to leave we noticed the right front tire was flat as a pancake and rallied a local tire service mechanic to come and fix it. With no jack big enough to hoist the RV on hand it was a dodgy affair, but thankfully the tire could be plugged and did not need replacement. Though driving the 3000 miles south, with the entire family including the pets, plus having the horses in tow was a bit nerve-wracking with just a plugged tire!
Overall less mess means less stress for horse owners. The magic of the instant barn built off-site with prefab and modular construction does much to alleviate these issues and its popularity is trending upwards as a result.
Once the site preparation is completed, the modular barn arrives and is set in place.
The delivery crew quickly sets about making any minor adjustments and adds any necessary finishing touches. Depending on the size and design of the structure the entire process may be completed in as little as one or two days. The barn is ready for immediate use, and as the major components of construction have been completed in a timely manner in a factory, there is much less mess and noise with which to contend and no weather issues to delay the timeline for finishing up the job.
A quick tidy up by the delivery crew leaves the property spotless and all that is left behind is the beautiful new horse barn.
Here at Horizon Structures we are a prefabricated horse barn company that has sincere experience specific to horse barns and naturally are pleased and proud to openly share our existing client base for references. Don’t forget to ask us about financing options, warranties, and delivery time frames. We provide you with a delivered price in a ‘to the penny’ quote in writing. When shopping it is wise to compare ‘apples to apples’ in terms of size, design and the materials to be used and look for quality craftsmanship. It is easy to overlook the details when checking prices between firms, and our team is ready to assist you in helping keep you on budget.
The growing trend of horse owners opting for modular horse barn construction makes sense. Folks are weary of costly budget overruns, material substitution, and missed deadlines that employing a regular construction company may involve. Always do your homework when working on any building project. The questions you resolve up front will ensure a smooth, stress free progress throughout the process.