Ready To Assemble: Barns, Stalls, And Run-In Sheds

Ready-to-assemble kits can yield impressive savings and offer you control over the quality of workmanship and materials.

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For those who have the time, inclination, and the ability to follow instructions, assembling a run-in shed, stall, or a barn from a mail-order kit might be a 21st Century option. These do-it-yourself kits can yield impressive savings and offer you control over the quality of workmanship and materials. Novices with basic tools can put together a stall or run-in shed, even a shed-row barn or small stable.

Still, assembling a barn kit is a long way from an afternoon of stacking up a few Lincoln Logs. Barn assembly, depending on size and type, might be a multi-person project that takes weeks of full-time work to complete. Some building elements are fairly heavy, requiring a person of moderate strength capable of manipulating awkward, 50-pound wood pieces. In some cases, a forklift or other lifting equipment might have to be rented in order to hoist heavy trusses.

Like on-site, professionally constructed barns, made-to-assemble barns come in a variety of styles. These range from the simple shed row to the raised breezeway, from traditional styling to utilitarian design, from the gable-roofed to the gambrel-roofed.

Building materials fall into two main categories — wood and metal. Kit prices vary depending on the size, quality, and quantity of materials, and the amount of pre-fabrication completed by the manufacturer. If assembled correctly, nothing stands out to indicate that the barn was a do-it-yourself project; it looks just like its builder-constructed counterpart. In fact, it’s not uncommon for professional builders to order barn or stall kits when hired to build equine housing

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Marcia King is an award-winning freelance writer based in Ohio who specializes in equine, canine, and feline veterinary topics. She’s schooled in hunt seat, dressage, and Western pleasure.

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