If you’re looking for a durable, stylish option to house your horses or livestock, look no further than a prefabricated horse barns. These pre-constructed structures offer durability and customization options that traditional on-site builds can’t match. But what if you want to use your barn for something other than just housing livestock? Here are five creative ways to do just that!
Build a Workshop
If you enjoy projects like woodworking, car maintenance, or taxidermy, a workshop is a perfect addition to your property. Hansen Pole Buildings’ workshop buildings are designed to accommodate various purposes and can be customized to meet your needs.
These structures are built to withstand extreme weather conditions, preserving equipment and supplies. They can also be insulated to comfort animals and make it easier to work inside.
You can also add wide doors to make loading and unloading hay or other large items more accessible. Installing a sound system and comfortable seating can make your shed workshop a fun and productive place to spend time. It may inspire you to tackle other projects outside of the barn.
Turn It Into a Home Office
Prefab barns are versatile so that they can serve a variety of purposes. You can use them for a home office, workshop, or guest house. All you need to do is make a few upgrades to the structure to turn it into a work area.
You can add windows and skylights to the shed to let in more natural light. This will help to increase productivity. You can also install a desk and chair to create the ideal home office environment.
You can purchase a prefab wooden pole barn or a traditional timber frame shed. The former is less expensive because it requires fewer materials and doesn’t require as much site prep. The latter, however, is more costly and takes longer to build on-site.
Turn It Into a Small Business Storefront
A prefabricated barn is an excellent option to run a small business from home. These barns offer plenty of space and are typically designed with large doors, making them easy to access. They also come with various windows to provide ample natural light and ventilation.
Compared to traditional timber-framed barns, prefabricated buildings are less expensive and much quicker to build. This is because most of the construction is completed in a factory before being delivered to your property.
A valuable and affordable way to establish a dedicated workspace on your farm is to convert a prefabricated barn into a workshop. Since these buildings are usually made from metal, they’re also more fire-resistant than a wood barn.
Turn It Into a Barndominium
A barndominium is a unique style of living space that incorporates a living area above a workshop, garage, or other work shed. They’re becoming increasingly popular in rural areas as a cost-effective way to have a home with plenty of storage space.
Prefab barns are ideal for building a barndominium because they can be constructed in a controlled environment to minimize exposure to the elements and reduce costs. They also come with a steel frame that’s stronger and more durable than wood.
Converting a barn into a barndominium will require clearing and grading the site, pouring a concrete slab or pier foundation engineered for the building plans, and assembling the prefabricated barn shell. A professional build may take 5-7 months from permitting to completion.
Turn It Into a Guest House
A barn can be an excellent place for holiday guests or other special occasions. It can also be a perfect way to get that crazy Aunt or Uncle out of your house!
If you turn your barn into a guest house, ensure it’s insulated and has plumbing. You’ll also want to add power outlets for your guests, especially if they need laptops, and recharge them.
Another essential feature of a guest shed is windows. They provide light and ventilation and make your guests feel more at home. Install double-purpose furniture to save space, like futons and coffee tables that convert into beds. You’ll also need to install a heating and cooling system. Be sure to check local building and zoning restrictions before starting any construction.