No house, or structure for that matter, is complete without accessories. Accessories are pretty much the cherry on top for any structure. Largely flexible, they add a whole new level of depth, decoration and functional use to the structure and are the perfect finishing touches to individualize your project, whether you add them to the interior or exterior.
When building a barn, accessories are no different. Although the functionality and purpose of the barn with affect your choice, you will find that it is possible to accessorise with items that are neutrally applicable to the barn regardless of its function.
Whether you want to use your barn for storage or give it a functional purpose like using it as stable, the following are a few accessories that are not only decorative, but add a degree of functionality to the place as well.
Almost a staple element in most barns and becoming an identifying feature for most, a Cupola is a common feature to be found in barns. This little structure provides the perfect opportunity to add natural light to a place by acting as an alternative to a sky light. If positioned right, you can also add a small spiral staircase which can enable you to use the cupola as a lookout.
Another classic addition is the weather vane. It is as commonly used as cupolas are for barns. Always on the top of the barn, with or without a cupola accompanying it, a weather vane serves more of a decorative purpose, but can be customized to your taste! Available in almost any style, they variety in the market allows you to easily choose something like the common rooster or go for something more quirky and unique like a pineapple, mermaid, fox, whatever your heart desires!
The biggest means of lighting being favored nowadays are skylights and large windows that let in as much light as possible. A well lit barn is conductive of healthy eyesight for any horse that are stabled in your barn. Spending too much time in a dim or poorly lit barn can often cause partial blindness or affect the horses eye sight in a negative manner. For night time, you can find tons of durable light fixtures to put in your barn. Barn Light Electric makes some of our favorites!
Ventilation is important for barns owing to the fact that they are usually made more with the thought of storage and less with living conditions. Luckily, it is possible to get indoor fans installed in the barn. If you’re using it for storage, then one will be more than enough but if you’re horses in there, then opt for Barnstormer fans. These will really be a welcome means of ventilation for your horses during the days when not even a leaf can stir in the oppressive heat.
Horse Proofing Your Barn
When utilizing a barn for your horses, you need to horse proof it with the help of certain accessories like non-slippery, safe, and easy to clean. Furthermore, you can introduce a stable mattress for your horse. Being waterproof, chew proof, and easily cleaned, these are accessories you should definitely consider getting.
If you have any other accessories to add, feel free to share your opinion about them in the comments section.