Equestrians: Write me with your Design Questions!

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Hello Equestrians,

I really hope you’re enjoying my new stable-minded blog. It’s here to help provide a professional source of information, to be a place to exchange design ideas, address barn problems, discuss the ways an architect can impact horse health and safety, and to help guide you to sustainable choices in the design of your facility.  Equestrian structures can go green with cost-effective design choices. For example, there are many options for preserving, restoring and adapting old barns to new uses. You might be interested in a project we did a few years ago that converted a 150-year-old bank barn into a guesthouse. 

This 1800s bank barn was converted to a "party barn."

This 1800s bank barn was converted to a "party barn."

I have been thinking green throughout my career and would love to hear your thoughts on the subject. Let me hear from you. What do you think? How is your barn working or not working? Let me know what’s on your mind.

Looking forward to hearing from you.






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4 responses to “Equestrians: Write me with your Design Questions!”

  1. hi, I just wanted to say, I have admired your work for many years now, and happy to literally stumble across your blog.

    Your firm does wonderful work and I have read many articles over the years, I believe the last one in Keenland Mag…

    My passion is equine art, but my education background is in interior design, which I hold a degree….I have a respect for a well designed horse facility, which you have produced many.

    Your interest to open a blog to query horse owners on their needs in their own equine facility is an innovative avenue to please more customers in the future I am sure.

    All the best,


  2. Jennifer,

    Thank you so much for your kind words. I will try to keep this Blog timely, interesting, and relevant to all of us who care about horses. It is my ongoing concern to be sure that the buildings and sites where horses live, work and play, are as safe and as green as they can be.

    Best regards,

    John Blackburn

  3. Tansy says:

    Hi, I’m a new comer to the blog, but I have to say the designs you feature here are really inspiring! I have always dreamed of a stable somewhat like your “cypress” but with upstairs living quarters. Having seen the light brought in with your ridge line skylights I would be unwilling to give it up. I wonder if there is a way to have both? Have you designed anything along these lines? If so, I would love to see it!


  4. Liz says:

    I am so excited to have stumbled upon this site! I have been a fan of your work since I ran across some of your work online back in 2003. Then I was a student at Meredith Manor Equestrian School, daydreaming about the perfect horse farm and barn that best suited the heat and humidity of Coastal South Carolina. Now I am a horse farm owner in the heat and humidity of Coastal South Carolina.
    I bought a small 7 acre property with a 10 stall humidor of a barn. I have started an eight stall add on to the barn that got put on hold due to the current state of the economy. I am constantly trying to figure out how to make changes to the original barn to make it more effective to my lesson and boarding business as well as more ventilated to enhance the horses comfort during the LONG Summer we have here.
    I am also soon ready to get started on the completion of the new addition. I was wondering if I could somehow submit pictures of my projects to gain any ensight and/or ideas you may have.

    Thank You,

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