Guys, it’s finally barn building time! We’ve been designing, debating and drooling over barn plans since last October. Flash forward a year later and all the agonizing over every aspect was totally worth it. The difference is in the details, after all. We are ecstatic to see construction started on eighteen stalls with six grooming bays, two wash stalls, a lovely tack room, bathroom, and of course the ever important feed room.

Part of the struggle when designing our new barn was choosing the right builder. Hurricane safety was the number one priority so that really solidified using MD Barns again. This California girl is terrified of fire and not a fan of tropical turbulence, so the zero fire spread walls and wind rating to 170mph makes me sleep a little easier at night. You can’t put a price on beauty rest.

I designed our barn layout to nestle in parallel to the existing outdoor arena and meet the new covered arena at the north end. We added a breezeway with a porch mid-barn for air flow, arena access and post-riding chats with friends. We have a perfect view of the outdoor arena and jump course from the raised porch! Our grooming bays live on the end porches as in the original barn, but we tripled the quantity and added beautiful (and functional) grooming dividers to each. We also retained the generous 16’ raised center aisle design for maximum ventilation and added a feed room mid-barn (yessss!) with a neighboring tack room and restroom. I’m chomping at the bit to add individual storage cubbies and unique saddle and bridle racks to the space once it’s complete. Hurry up, boys! The finished barn will be a bright, clean and airy home for eighteen. To say I’m giddy would be a wild understatement. Luckiest girl in the world. Now only if I had a new horse to put in the new barn…

Want to see more? Follow along with our daily progress on our Expansion story at

  • Concrete: MAK
  • Barn: MD Barns
  • Builder: Marty Knapp
  • Stall Base: ESI Footing
  • Pad Fill Dirt: Jenkins Trucking
  • Pad Earthwork: Dennis Kemph

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