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More Building Progress

We officially have run-in shed number one built at the new farm. It is built to the same dimensions as most of the sheds we currently have, and we even went with the same color scheme of white with a red roof. We did however make a couple of modifications. The sheds rarely get used in the winter and rarely during rain. The horses mainly use them as an occasional wind block in the winter although they actually prefer the trees for that. The sheds see most of their use during the summer for shade. They also use the natural shade a lot as well but the majority of run-in use is seen during the summer months.

The modifications we made to the shelters were made with their shade use in mind. We had the builder put a ridge vent along the roof of the sheds for ventilation and heat dissipation in the summer. There is also a vent along the back of the shed directly under the roof line. My concern with this was would it allow rain to blow in or make the sheds cold in the winter. Jason and our builder explained to me why this wouldn’t happen, something about how the edge of the roof extends out past the back of the shed but quite frankly I can’t really explain it so I won’t try!

The vent between the walls and the roof line. There is also a ridge vent built into the roof.

We are trying our best to make thoughtful decisions in regards to everything we do. There are things we love about our current location and things we don’t love, so we are trying to incorporate our “best practices” and improve on the things we complain about! The other difference with this shed as compared to our “old” sheds is we had this shed built out of metal instead of wood. We’re hoping for lower maintenance, as in we don’t want to waste our time constantly repainting wood sheds trying to keep them looking nice. Talk about a crummy job, if I never paint a shed again I’ll be fine with that!

My Dad checking out the shed; he and Jason are both quite pleased with how well built it is. Apparently we found a good builder who pays attention to the details.

There is only one thing missing from the shed. However I am the only person who thinks something is missing. I asked for a cupola on the top of the shed. I just wanted a simple one and just for decorative purposes, white sides with a red roof. Jason and my Dad think it looks perfectly fine without it, and it does. I just think it would look nicer with one. What do you think? Everyone else thinks the shed looks fine and it would be a waste of money that could be put towards our (endless) other projects.

View of the shed taken from across the pasture. I only put this picture up because I love the this particular view on our new farm.

rear view of the shed facing towards the road

My Dad checking out the inside of the shed. I know, I know – you are sitting there thinking “how many pictures can they possibly have taken of one run-in shed? This is getting slightly repetitive.” The answer is it is scary how many pictures we managed to take of one stupid shed! Jason took detailed pictures of every bit of construction of this shed. We have pictures of the joists, pictures of roof from the inside, pictures of everything. We need a life.

Oh my gosh, she posted a picture of a horse! Actually Cuff Links would object to that description since he is a pony!

You can’t really see them but this is Alex and B-Rad kinda sorta hanging out in a shed. They’re combining the best of both worlds and using the trees and the shed. This shed doesn’t have a ridge vent.


Lexi and Cinnamon hanging out under the trees

Trigger loves to drink from the water hose

So does Elfin

Lightening, O’Reilly, Snappy and Teddy

Harmony and MyLight

Tony, Leo, Levendi and Elfin

O’Reilly, Clay and Snappy

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