This is my barn I would not be terribly unhappy if it were to burn down (as long as the horses are out, the expensive saddle is in the trailer and I didn’t just fill the feed room with hay.)
Looking at it, it isn’t a horrible design: tack room on left, two stalls, then feed room. However, I live in a very windy place with snow. It is hell to feed in that barn during a blizzard. The stalls have doors off the back into paddocks that are never closed and I get to shovel snow not only from the aisle, but from the stalls too depending on which direction the wind was blowing. And where snow goes rain also goes, so sometimes I have a muddy aisle. Hopefully fingers crossed I’m finally getting pea gravel and mats for the aisle in a few weeks so at least I won’t have mud there anymore.
Were I to build my own I actually would stay with this general plan but make some changes. I’d make a bigger aisle and enclose it, so winter feeding wouldn’t be so hellacious. My tack room is smaller than some walk in closets, and while I make it work I wouldn’t mind more room. I’d have a larger feed room that the hay wagon could actually back the stacked hay into and drop it instead of dumping it outside the barn and us having to stack it. I’d extend the roof over the corrals out so the roof runoff wouldn’t be landing right outside the doors, plus it would hopefully help a bit with the snow coming in. Also, I’d like a drive through parking space for the trailer
And I really can’t talk about my barn without sharing the chandelier I put in my tack room[/QUOTE]
How big is your too-small tack room? That’s my project for next year.