A Colorful Washington Stable with Great Design

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A charming three-stall barn in Kirkland, Washington is a vision brought to life by an equestrian. Architect Carolyn Adams created this barn with function and style in mind. She calls her oasis Midsummer Night’s Farm.

“I designed and built this three-stall barn to accommodate my daughter’s and my equestrian hobby, taking inspiration from European courtyard stables and from the 1960s television sitcom, Mr. Ed, which featured a talking horse and his architect/owner.” said Carolyn.

the front of the barn with tack room and grooming area

Carolyn thought of ever detail when planning the layout of the stables. As an architect and equestrian, she covered all of her bases.

“The challenge was to create a space for my horses as functional as it was aesthetically pleasing. Zoning constraints dictated two separate buildings which, along with the house, frame the courtyard. The horse barn features two 12’ by 12’ stalls. Each stall’s adjoining paddock has Hoof Grid to help with drainage and mud management.”

“The other structure houses the feed room, tack room, storage and a breezeway/grooming area. A cheerful, yet traditional, color palette that includes yellows, cream and a rusty barn red to bring the stable to life. A cupola on each building adds a traditional touch. The fountain, both aesthetic and functional, doubles as a drinking trough.”

horse inside its stall with dutch doors

Carolyn specializes in residential and equestrian projects.  She and her daughter own two horses: Appollo, a Georgian Grande and Maddie, an American Miniature. Carolyn enjoys dressage, trail riding, and combined driving.

Visit her website at carolynadamsarchitect.com

horse weather vane on a yellow cupola

Th cupolas and a weathervane add a traditional equestrian touch.

the fountain is used for drinking and also offers good design

Here is the brick fountain that doubles as a drinking trough for the horses.

the deck near the stables

The deck and well manicured grounds offer a place to relax not far from the horses.

lush green pastures

Washington landscape provides a beautiful backdrop for horse property.

farm plan

All photos provided courtesy of Carolyn Adams.


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