Elite Equestrian magazine March April 2022 issue

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2022 Equine Barn & Facility Design Outlook With more than 20 years of experience building one-of-a-kind, high-quality, carefully crafted barns, B&D Builders, a seasoned custom builder, is launching its 2022 Trend Guide for private and commercial equestrian facilities. The experts at B&D Builders share their top predictions and building trends for equestrian owners to consider when renovating or building a new barn or equine facility.

Trend #1:

The Intersec�on of Riding and Entertainment Barns are becoming so much more than what most people think of when they hear the word “barn.” They are transforming into epicenters for horses and owners to enjoy luxury ameni�es and extra entertainment that go above and beyond tradi�onal basic stalls and storage. “There is a huge up�ck in equestrian facility spaces that provide riders with elevated entertaining, such as fully stocked bars or kitchens. And we predict this trend will only con�nue to rise in popularity over the next several years,” said Daniel Glick, co-founder and co-owner of B&D Builders. Spaces such as living rooms or game rooms are in demand as more owners look to create areas that blend creature comforts with the love of their horses.

Trend #2:

Greater Emphasis on Horse Wellness and Comfort Stalls provide a safe haven for horses to relax and take shelter from the elements. But in older barns, horses can injure themselves on exposed rust, sharp metal edges, or splintering wood. Many barn owners are replacing old stalls, or building new, and adding plenty of custom touches to increase their horses’ wellness and comfort. “From heated spaces to memory foam ma�resses to padded walls, these newer innova�ons for your equine friends are the next big thing in horse barns,” said Ben Esh, co-founder and co-owner of B&D Builders. Horses’ personali�es are coming into play more than ever before too. For social horses, B&D Builders recommends spaces that provide ongoing s�mula�on, o�en with half-wall stall par��ons. For horses that are more introverted, quiet spaces with full-wall stall par��ons make more sense. Collabora�on between custom builders and their clients — who know their horses be�er than anyone — make these kinds of thoughtful customiza�ons possible.

to mix and match old-world charm with modern looks like shiny metal finishes to complement custom forged metalwork on stalls or railings. B&D Builders foresees more horse stall fronts will be constructed of reclaimed wood, especially oak for its sturdiness, and it will be used more o�en for ceiling joists, floors, decora�ve wainsco�ng, and storage cabinetry as well. In addi�on to reclaimed wood, certain wood species are growing in popularity and driving wood-look trends — white oak and mahogany in par�cular. Both species offer �ght grain pa�erns, which means the wood is more dense, and in turn more robust, adding longevity to barns. Imagining Your Future Equestrian Home From stepping up the luxury of an equine space to pu�ng greater emphasis on horses’ wellness and comfort to leveraging more reclaimed wood products, the B&D team of experts know these 2022 equestrian barn trends have staying power. To learn more about B&D Builders, or to get a consulta�on for building or renova�ng an equestrian facility, visit:

BandDBuilders.com ABOUT B&D BUILDERS

B&D Builders is a full-service custom builder with the expertise to bring new construction and remodeling projects to life. B&D Builders’ team of skilled designers and craftsmen have brought creativity and attention to detail to hundreds of projects, including bank barns, equestrian arenas, event facilities, historic restorations, commercial properties, and luxury homes. B&D relishes building a heritage structure that not only stands the test of time, but brings the customer’s vision into full focus. For more than 20 years, B&D Builders projects have been Built Right or Not at All.

EQUINE Lifestyle

Outside of stalls, B&D is seeing an up�ck in other barn improvements as well. “In addi�on to stabling upgrades, we an�cipate the size of indoor riding arenas will only con�nue to get larger — tradi�onal arenas were around 72 x 100 feet, and now today we are building most structures to be 100 x 200 at least, if not more,” added Ed Ferderbar, B&D Builders CEO. “This gives horses the benefit of a larger turning radius.”

Trend #3:

Reclaimed Wood Takes Center Stage B&D Builders forecasts that the use of reclaimed wood is here to stay. Eco-friendly, rus�c, and warm, reclaimed wood is not necessarily a new trend, but it’s one that is rising in prominence, growing exponen�ally as equestrian owners look for more sustainably sourced building products. Using reclaimed wood in certain areas of the barn, such as tack room interiors or tack islands, allows owners 62

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