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  • What is a “Modular Barn”?

    A modular barn is built with pre-engineered factory built components (walls, doors, etc.). Being pre-engineered means that components are built to exact specifications which have been designed to precisely fit together. Building components in a factory further means that the environment is controlled and build times are subsequently considerably shortened. Factory built modular components allows Barns & Stables to build a stronger barn in a much shorter period of time. Because the components are pre-engineered with standardized measurements, a modular barn further allows you to build the size barn you need for today and then to add stalls in the future.

  • Who Manufacturers The Modular Components For Barns & Stables Barns?

    Barns & Stables is an authorized Sweetwater Barn Company Dealer. Sweetwater Barn Company (located in Weatherford, Texas) manufactures the components for the barns which are designed, engineered and built by Barns & Stables.

  • Why choose a modular steel framed barn over wood?

    Unlike wood which needs to either rely upon preservatives, constant care, and replacements, the use of galvanized steel products insures a safer, stronger, more durable barn. Barns & Stables modular barns are designed and built to last a lifetime with very little care and maintenance.

    Sweetwater Barn Company's Barn stall wall components carry a “lifetime kick through proof warranty”. The walls are constructed of galvanized steel and wood laminate combination which allows them to withstand the kicking and chewing of the most aggressive horses. The galvalume facing on the stall interiors is non-porous, which means lower maintenance, ease of clean-up, and sanitation. Further, with modular barn construction your building times are reduced and the quality of workmanship is guaranteed.

  • What kind of site preparation do these buildings require?

    Like all builders we prefer a level site with adequate provision for drainage. A level site generally requires some grading and site preparation. Barns & Stables modular barns anchor / attach to the concrete foundation without the necessity of embedments. There are three basic concrete foundation options: Piers, Ribbon Walls (footers), Slab, or a combination of the three. A typical combination has a ribbon wall foundation around the perimeter of the barn and down either side of the aisle, a slab in the tack and washrooms and aisle way, and dirt floors with gravel base in the stalls, and a concrete divider under each stall divider wall to keep horses from digging underneath. Barns & Stables provides foundation plans specific to your barn.

    Most customers choose a local contractor to do the grading, concrete, electric, and plumbing work, as this typically is the most economical option. Barns & Stables can usually recommend a local concrete contractor who has done work on other Barns & Stables Barns in your area.

  • How is installation handled and can I install the barn myself?

    Barns & Stables offers a number of different installation options to our customers. The purchaser may do the installation themselves, may contract with Barns & Stables to provide supervisory assistance, or may contract with Barns & Stables to have our factory trained crews do the installation for them. The recommended installation option will largely depend upon the size and complexity of the building and the customer's construction experience and expertise. Please be mindful that these are not “kit buildings” and the kick proof walls can easily weigh up to 500 lbs. each. Over 90% of our customers choose to have our factory-trained crew install their barn.

  • Do I need a Building Permit?

    The barns we build whether designed for agricultural, private or commercial usage are engineered to meet / or exceed / the most stringent local and state code requirements. Agricultural Building permit requirements vary by state, county and local municipality. "Agricultural Structures", such as horse barns, generally have fewer permit requirements and in some cases (depending upon size), may even be exempt from having to pull building permits. Barns must still however comply with state and local environmental and zoning ordinances such as setbacks. It is best to check with your local zoning office first on the required permits, forms and approvals, before considering planning for a barn to avoid delays or additional costs.

  • Can Barns & Stables build a barn with "Living Quarters"?

    Yes-Barns & Stables has done a number of barns with live-in quarters. Barns & Stables further routinely designs and build barns with offices, lounges, studios, locker and rest room facilities. Living quarters do however require additional engineering, planning and coordination with the county building official's office, as the residential area of any barn will be required to meet state and local residential building code and ordinance requirements.

  • Are these barns just for horses?

    The strength and ease of maintenance make the buildings a perfect choice for a multitude of uses. The buildings can be used for almost any purpose, including veterinary offices, studios, garages, kennels, and housing of exotic animals.

  • What is the delivery and installation time?

    Depending on the time of year, it takes between 6 to 10 weeks for Sweetwater Barn Company to build the pre-engineered modular components and for us to ship your barn. Barns & Stables installation time for a standard 6-10 stall barn once delivered is generally less than one week.