Equine Construction manages your entire equestrian project from breaking ground to handing over the keys to your finished American Barn with your horses enjoying their new internal stables.
Project budgets will be dependent upon chosen features, scale of the build and materials used, with the overall size of an American Barn being dependent upon the internal configuration. Most American barns are based on a modular design based on standard stable sizing of 3.6m or 4.2m
Drainage – varying from a continuous line of gullies running down central walkways to individual gullies placed at strategic points, within and around the building, with water taps above.
160mm drainage, rather than the usual 110mm, is always used with sufficient traps to collect horse bedding and debris that so often finds its way into drains.
Floors – traditionally of a concrete construction, Equine Construction use a urine resistant RC45 mix strengthened with fibres for extra durability.
We pour a 150mm thick slab rather than the standard 100mm on a 1200-gauge polythene membrane, as standard.
Construction – a variety of construction methods and materials are available including brick and block cavity construction, we always use paint grade blocks on the inner skin as these will be the back walls of the internal stables that will be painted later. The paint grade blocks have a smoother face with less imperfections.
The external face, if not brickwork, will be timber cladding fixed on cladding rails between the steel stanchions. This can vary from vertical hung treated castle boarding to treated feather edge boarding or Shiplap Scandinavian Redwood to Cedar hung horizontally.
Windows are incorporated centrally into each stable from the outside wall providing good ventilation and light. These are always galvanised steel rotating through 180 degrees to sit back flush on the side wall and are fully lockable for security
The roof materials can vary from fibre cement sheets incorporating GRP clear sheets to allow for light, to composite panels that have a layer of insulation sandwiched between two layers resulting in additional heat retention in the winter but pleasantly cool in the summer.
Lighting – traditionally lighting for stables has been suspended from chains, that can blow in the wind and gather dust, Equine Construction suspends continuous trunking around the American Barn or equestrian building with strip lights positioned directly underneath, eliminating the above.
Layout – location of tack rooms, feed rooms and offices or staff accommodation needs to be carefully planned at the start when sizing the barn and also from the practicalities of running a yard – something that Equine Construction’s unrivalled equestrian knowledge can help with.
This bespoke yard of 12 stables, tack room and wash bay was built using a steel frame and of block and brick construction with a clay tiled roof and a court yard laid with block pavers.
This barn is of brick and block cavity construction.
It has a composite roof for added insulation and mahogany sliding double doors. Internally the barn contains 28 stables and measures 22 x 32 metres.
This steel framed barn is of block cavity construction clad with feather edged boarding upon a brick plinth, the barn has a composite roof and light ventilated ridge for maximum natural light and ventilation.
Steel framed barn of Block construction with a brick plinth , clad with shiplap boarding with a composite roof and light ventilated ridge for greater ventilation and maximum natural light.
Internal view of the same barn showing interior fit out and light ventilated ridge.
Steel framed young stock barn of block construction with a brick plinth and
piers and clad in Castle boarding.