Small equestrian properties located near parks and public riding arenas are growing in popularity. A Barn in the Woods features two stalls, a tack room, feed room, and center aisle. It’s built on a “horse acre” in Bellevue, Washington. The shaded lot is across the street from a 500-acre horse park.
The client, a veterinarian, envisioned an open and airy space that kept her horses out of the mud and maximized the small, shaded acreage. While designing this space, inspiration was taken from the traditional American barn, infusing it with Pacific northwest and Japanese design elements to create a truly unique structure.
The materials for construction were considered carefully. For this structure, the client wanted a safe and warm space that prioritized her 33-year-old horse’s health needs, including well-ventilated and well-lighted spaces. The stalls incorporate kick-proof walls, StableComfort mats and vented stall enclosures. Rubber pavers line the aisle way, providing traction and protecting hooves.
Carolyn Adams is an architect and lifelong equestrian enthusiast who 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
A spacious stall waiting for its new equine occupant.
Rubber pavers and horseshoe details on the floor.
The beautiful barn at nighttime with its new residents.
For questions regarding the design or this project please reach out to Carolyn Adams.
Photos by Will Austin