Tuesday, July 6, 2010

More Building Progress

We officially have run-in shed number one built at the new farm. It is built to the same dimensions as most of the sheds we currently have, and we even went with the same color scheme of white with a red roof. We did however make a couple of modifications. The sheds rarely get used in the winter and rarely during rain. The horses mainly use them as an occasional wind block in the winter although they actually prefer the trees for that. The sheds see most of their use during the summer for shade. They also use the natural shade a lot as well but the majority of run-in use is seen during the summer months.





The modifications we made to the shelters were made with their shade use in mind. We had the builder put a ridge vent along the roof of the sheds for ventilation and heat dissipation in the summer. There is also a vent along the back of the shed directly under the roof line. My concern with this was would it allow rain to blow in or make the sheds cold in the winter. Jason and our builder explained to me why this wouldn't happen, something about how the edge of the roof extends out past the back of the shed but quite frankly I can't really explain it so I won't try!

The vent between the walls and the roof line. There is also a ridge vent built into the roof.

We are trying our best to make thoughtful decisions in regards to everything we do. There are things we love about our current location and things we don't love, so we are trying to incorporate our "best practices" and improve on the things we complain about! The other difference with this shed as compared to our "old" sheds is we had this shed built out of metal instead of wood. We're hoping for lower maintenance, as in we don't want to waste our time constantly repainting wood sheds trying to keep them looking nice. Talk about a crummy job, if I never paint a shed again I'll be fine with that!

My Dad checking out the shed; he and Jason are both quite pleased with how well built it is. Apparently we found a good builder who pays attention to the details.


There is only one thing missing from the shed. However I am the only person who thinks something is missing. I asked for a cupola on the top of the shed. I just wanted a simple one and just for decorative purposes, white sides with a red roof. Jason and my Dad think it looks perfectly fine without it, and it does. I just think it would look nicer with one. What do you think? Everyone else thinks the shed looks fine and it would be a waste of money that could be put towards our (endless) other projects.

View of the shed taken from across the pasture. I only put this picture up because I love the this particular view on our new farm.

rear view of the shed facing towards the road

My Dad checking out the inside of the shed. I know, I know - you are sitting there thinking "how many pictures can they possibly have taken of one run-in shed? This is getting slightly repetitive." The answer is it is scary how many pictures we managed to take of one stupid shed! Jason took detailed pictures of every bit of construction of this shed. We have pictures of the joists, pictures of roof from the inside, pictures of everything. We need a life.

Oh my gosh, she posted a picture of a horse! Actually Cuff Links would object to that description since he is a pony!

You can't really see them but this is Alex and B-Rad kinda sorta hanging out in a shed. They're combining the best of both worlds and using the trees and the shed. This shed doesn't have a ridge vent.

Sebastian

Lexi and Cinnamon hanging out under the trees


Trigger loves to drink from the water hose

So does Elfin

Lightening, O'Reilly, Snappy and Teddy


Harmony and MyLight


Tony, Leo, Levendi and Elfin


O'Reilly, Clay and Snappy


9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Nice shed. I vote for the cupola, even if only for decorative purposes. Also, are the kick walls going to be filled in? I'd be concerned about a horse kicking through the metal or getting a leg caught in the boards. I'm paranoid that way....

Kate said...

Great looking shed! None of my horses will drink from the hose, although we used to have one that loved to.

Jason said...

The only thing we didn't like was the open kick wall and yes, it will be filled in.

Java's Mom said...

I vote no cupola. I like the view with the shed, and the cupola would draw more attention to the cupola instead of the overall pretty picture. Like a well dressed woman, the whole picture looks beatiful, if she had on a distracting piece of jewlery it would detract from the pretty picture. You can always add one later if you feel strongly about it. The barn... that will have to have a cupola. I love the shed, you are not crazy to take a million photos, it's great!

SmartAlex said...

I'm a cupola person. Love 'em!

I agree with the first comment on the kick walls. We put them in ours after we had a colicky mare get cast and put her leg through. Of all the dumb places!

RuckusButt said...

Ok, am I the only one who doesn't know what a cupola is? If it's a cupholder for your latte, do it! Otherwise, I haven't a clue ;)

Melissa-ParadigmFarms said...

RB;

YOUR COMMMENT MADE IT ! Yay ! :)

You'll have to look it up; it's kind of one of those things that are hard to describe to somebody else....well...hard for me to do anyway !

RuckusButt said...

Just googled it - I didn't know that's what those things were called. I think it would be nice looking but I like practical things, so I feel that unless it has a useful function it's not worth it. Boring, I know.

Valentino said...

Cupola - yes :)

Not too many pictures, your farm is lovely. If I can't care for my guy (a big fan of hose drinking) in his retirement, which hopefully is far, far away, I want him to come to Tennessee.