The First Steps In Getting A New Barn

Design & Contract: 1-3 weeks

Let’s begin with what style barn would best suit your needs. Most Aisleway Barns — whether they are raised center aisle, gable or gambrel — need a fairly wide area to allow for the width of the aisle, the stalls on each side, and additional room for any desired turnouts.

Aisleway horse barns are great for colder climates, as you can close up the aisle way doors and have a weather-protected area to care for your horses out of the elements. On the other hand, a Shedrow Barn has a more open feel and is great for warmer climates. The shedrow overhang gives the feeling of being outside, yet still provides shade from the sun and rain.

Once you have decided on your barn style, the next step is to determine what size barn you need. Of course you will want stalls for your horses, but what about a space for your tack? Do you want a wash area? And let’s not forget, do you need a space for hay and grain? These are just a few of the things that you will want to consider during the design process.

Starting to feel overwhelmed? Please, don’t! Our design and sales staff will help you perfect all the tiny details, making sure your final design is just as you imagine. All Castlebrook barn quotes are itemized and include a design layout, making it easy to see what your new barn will look like and what is included in the proposal. Once everything is dialed in and the barn of your dreams has been designed, we then transfer those details over to a contract for your review and signature. Once you are happy with the contract and design, the signed paperwork and a deposit are then required to move on to the next step.

**Helpful Hint:
To ensure your local codes are accurately contemplated into your project, this is the perfect time to reach out to your city or county building department to confirm your site requirements. Items needed for confirmation include the design criteria (i.e., design code, roof and wind loads, etc.. for your site) as well as any location requirements (i.e. easements or setbacks, etc…) for your Castlebrook barn.
Engineering Package: 3-4 weeks
With your design finalized, we can now begin working on the structural engineering and calculations for your new Castlebrook barn. Our customer service department will update you as to the anticipated date of completion for these plans as well as provide you with tracking information once the engineering package is on its way to you. These plans will then need to be submitted to your local building department as part of the permitting process.
**Helpful Hint:
While waiting for the engineering plans to be completed, you can use this time efficiently by gathering any other materials required by your local building department. Some of the most common items required are: a permit application, a site plan, and plumbing and/or electrical plan (if applicable).
Obtaining a Permit: 4-6 weeks (Actual time varies)
Now that you have your engineering plans in hand, you will need to submit them to your building department. Please keep in mind that the timeline for plan approval and permit issuance can vary greatly depending on your building department. When submitting, it is helpful to ask what the anticipated turnaround time will be for permit approval. As you will see in Part 2 of this series, that timeline is an important piece of the puzzle for planning the shipment of your Castlebrook barn.

Note: Plan check corrections are a typical part of the process and can add to the wait time prior to a permit being issued. Plan check corrections can be site related, which you would address directly, or they can be related to the engineering plans. If they are regarding the engineering plans, just forward those corrections along to us at Castlebrook so we may address them in a timely manner and move your project forward.

**Helpful Hint:
If you would rather not deal with the permit process yourself, you can always hire a company to run the permits for you. A simple internet search for “permit expediter” and your city’s name should give you a list of companies in your area. Permit expediters offer a wide range of services, so you will be able pick and choose which services best meet your needs.

Beth has been in the Equine Industry for over 30 years and has experience in riding, boarding and design and build of horse barns. Find more information on barns, barn construction and design at: https://castlebrookbarns.com

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