I've learned much more about barn foundations than I ever expected. After our dirt pad was installed, the next phase was to frame and pour the concrete.
Our donated five-stall barn will come with a center aisle, tack room and a front porch. My biggest decision was whether to put concrete in just the tack room or also put it in the center aisle and front porch. Since the barn will be for rehabbing injured horses, our vets will be examining the horses at the barn regularly. So it's important to concrete the center aisle to provide a clean area for vet procedures.
And if the covered front porch had concrete, we could store hay there much more easily.
So we decided to put concrete in the tack room, center aisle and the front porch. R&M Concrete, who regularly works with Tri-County Barns, was our concrete contractor and was very familiar with the requirements of our barn model. They spent many hours carefully measuring, framing, laying plastic and rebar. Within a few days, our concrete was poured -- it was very exciting to see the big mixer truck pull into our pasture!
Here is our finished concrete -- you can really see the outline of the barn stalls, aisle, tack room and porch.
The next step is actually installing the barn -- and that is going to happen this week! Stay tuned for more updates....