by American Stalls June 01, 2021
As equestrians, we understand just how much time, energy, and financial resources go into building your dream barn.
A dream barn is often a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and project for many of our clients. That is why it is so crucial to work with the right individuals and companies to ensure the best barn build possible.
Any horse barn is built primarily by two parties including the client (yourself) and the barn builder. Although there will be many other individuals involved, the success of your barn will largely depend on your relationship with the builder.
In this article, we'd like to provide our experience in dispelling some myths, providing best practices to find the best barn builder, and sharing some tips.
The Different Types of Barn Contractors
In the world of "construction," there are so many different types of construction help available to you. It can sometimes get rather confusing understanding the different titles and their capabilities. Here are common types of construction contractors:
Finding the Right Contractor and Builder
In today's world, one would think that it is easier to find a reliable contractor given the internet. That being said, we find the best way to find a high-quality builder is to use your own network. We recommend to ask your friends, family, coworkers, and even real estate agents for recommendations. Referrals are always a great way to find the right partner in your barn project.
Once you have a few referrals, we recommend to listen to their experiences before speaking with a contractor. Some questions to ask your colleagues:
Once you narrow down on a contractor, we recommend to have very honest and transparent conversations about the entire process. A barn can take anywhere from a month to half a year to build depending on the size, amenities, and labor availability. Below are some discussion points and questions to touch upon:
Once you have decided on a barn builder or contractor, it is helpful to know that most barn builders have limited time and expertise when it comes to planning a barn that has all of the industry best practices. That is when it becomes also crucial to work with a high quality stall, door, window, and flooring supplier like American Stalls.
Once you have finalized your contractor, we always recommend clients to connect us with their builders, contractors, and architects. This way, we are able to provide our experience in working with many different types of equine facilities.
To summarize, it is so crucial to find the right people to do the job for you and your dream barn. The right group of people – barn builder, architects, and suppliers – can make the process that much more enjoyable. The right group of people can also ensure that your barn is built for long-term success.
Do you have any questions or need pointers for your new barn or renovation project? Feel free to contact us today at (855) 957-8255 or complete our inquiry form. Our American Stalls team is here to be a resource to help you build a barn that is elegant, safe, and built to last.