Archive for January, 2015

Designing Your Luxury Riding Arena

Posted on: No Comments

Indoor Rising Arena DC BuildingPicture this: A private arena where you can ride any day of the year in comfort and beauty. It would be an arena beloved by horse and rider alike, with a supportive, level riding surface, easy access to horse care materials, and a calm atmosphere. At DC Building, we are passionate about creating gold standard custom riding arenas. Here are a few of the amenities we can include in an indoor riding arena design.

Luxury Riding Arena Amenities

Attached Tack Rooms, Wash Racks, Hay Storage, Grooming Areas, and Stables. Enjoy the convenience of centralized horse care and riding equipment. You can muck out stables, feed and water horses, and repair tack all under one roof. Combining stables, tack rooms, and an indoor riding arena will also minimize construction and maintenance costs.

Living Quarters. Imagine hearing a whinny as your alarm clock. Luxury riding arenas can include spaces for riders as well! We can attach simple living spaces for guests, caretaker apartments, and even spacious homes to accommodate the whole family.

Open-Air Riding Arenas. Enjoy a strong connection to the great outdoors by creating an open-air riding arena. We can facilitate 365-day riding with an open-air design and custom overhangs. Or, if your location doesn’t allow for comfortable riding conditions, we can add skylights and cupolas to bring in nature.

Stable Comfort Flooring and Hoof Grid Systems can create the ultimate comfort for your horses. Cut down on mud, eliminate the need to resurface, and give horses the confidence of pasture-like footing. We can also add drainage solutions to minimize facility maintenance.

Custom Rub Rails, Gates, and Doors are available to give your riding arena that tailored feel.

These are just a few of the design features we can include in a custom riding arena. The DC Building Design Center is the perfect jumping off point for realizing the riding arena of your dreams. Here, you can see all the options our master builders offer across the country. Begin by selecting from pre-designed or custom floor plans. Next, choose what we should deliver—just floor plans, plans and materials, a building shell, or a turnkey property. You can also select from structural styles and foundation types, as well as siding and roofing options. Several window varieties are available, including gable, shed, and Nantucket dormers. Door options are displayed as well. Use the Design Center as a brainstorming tool. Then contact us to learn how our experienced builders can help you create the ideal riding arena, commercial center, barn, or home of your dreams.

Advantages of Post and Beam Construction for Barn Designs

Posted on: No Comments

Custom Barn Homes with Living QuartersRather than using dimensional lumber, heavy timbers are used in post and beam construction. In this elegant, time-tested building style, vertical posts are anchored to concrete piers. Horizontal beams transfer structural loads to the vertical posts. The whole structure is held together with steel gusset plates or wooden joints, and the posts are secured to the foundation via steel anchors. While this construction approach dates back to ancient Egyptian, Greek, and Roman architecture, it continues to be popular for homes, barns, and other structures, due to the following advantages.

Post and Beam Construction: Benefits for Barn Designs

Stronger Framework Opens Up Interior Spaces. In a post and beam building, fewer supports are needed, due to the strength of the timbers. This allows designers to create expansive, breathtaking interior spaces

Timely Construction. The simplicity of post and beam construction allows barns to be erected quickly. Assembly is accelerated because there are fewer structural joints overall. Moreover, infill panels can be pre-constructed offsite and added to the building in a snap.

Easily Customizable Floor Plans. Post and beam structures have no load-bearing walls. The timbers do all the work. This allows you to choose exactly where you’d like to place walls, horse stalls, doors, windows, and whatever else you’d like in your custom barn home.

Indeed, because the interior walls may be made of any material, they can be mobile, assuming this requirement is included in the barn’s initial design. Imagine moving walls into place to create an additional stall, or removing walls to make space for large gatherings. This wouldn’t be possible with dimensional lumber construction.

Opportunities for Custom Touches. Connectors are key in post and beam buildings. They join together the posts and the beams, and the beams to each other. We are happy to work with clients to create custom connectors. For instance, at the Last Chance Ranch barn in West Linn, Oregon, we worked with our client to create custom knee brace connectors, which add visual interest inside and outside the barn.

Extraordinary Strength. Post and beam construction is rooted in early Oriental architecture. This construction approach would eventually sweep the globe, partially due to its inherent strength. Some medieval post and beam structures are still standing. (Indeed, some would say Stonehenge qualifies as post and lintel form of post and beam design.) Post and beam structures are often the only buildings left standing in the wake of hurricanes and earthquakes.

Natural Elegance. Exposed beams create a visual rhythm that most people find appealing. Wood is known for its innate warmth, and the airy interior spaces of post and beam construction resonate with beauty.

We have built post and beam structures all over the nation, in 24 different states. Whether you’re looking for a commercial or residential structure, with or without equine amenities, we can create a stunning post and beam edifice to your exact needs.

5 Reasons to Add a Dormer to Your Custom Barn Home

Posted on: No Comments

Barn Homes Gable DormersDormers are vertically oriented windows that are located within the roof’s slope. When proportional to the roof, dormer windows add undeniable charm. Seventeenth-century French architect Francois Mansart originally invented dormers to skirt Parisian height restrictions. By pairing steep rooflines with “roof windows,” Mansart was able to create the circulation and natural light required for an additional story of sleeping quarters. Indeed, the word dormer comes from the French verb dormir, meaning “to sleep.” Dormers continue to enjoy popularity four hundred years later. Let’s take a look at the advantages of adding dormers to a custom barn homes.

Custom Barn Home Design: Dormer Benefits

Brighter interiors. Dormer windows add interior light without requiring additional square footage.

Spacious upper stories. Mansart turned uninhabitable attics into bedrooms by adding dormers. His roofline windows increased usable interior space. Today, dormers may serve as cozy reading nooks, or charming bump-outs for beds.

Exterior interest. Dormers can draw the eye toward favored architectural features. Their placement may also balance otherwise bulky, awkward elements. For instance, twin dormers can balance a heavy entrance portico while drawing the eye to the front door.

Increased air circulation. Particularly in the summer months, upper stories can be stiflingly hot. Dormers create a more comfortable atmosphere by allowing for improved circulation.

Introduce New Roofing Materials. Dormers are a great way to feature attractive new materials in a barn home design. A copper dormer roof can create visual pizzazz, for instance.

Dormers are excellent avenues for adding character to your custom barn design. Our custom design team is happy to work with you to create the ideal dormers for your barn home plans. There are many dormer styles to fit your family’s personality while complimenting the barn home’s surroundings. Contact us today to discuss the best dormer placement and style for your new custom barn home.