Figuring out the new barn

I’ve been trying to figure out what I want in the new barn we plan to build this summer. This is our little mini barn that we currently use (this pic was taken on a cold night so the heat lamps are lit and glowing in the windows):

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I have piles of sketches, printed tips and ideas, and tons of little notes about barns on my desk. I have loads of bookmarked sites to barn plans and pictures.  I just feel paralyzed.  I want the perfect barn, and I know I get just one shot at this. It’s easier when I think about buying a small mini barn and adding to it, but I want to do this RIGHT. That’s the scary part…how do I know it’s right? It’s not like I have lots of experience raising a cow (let alone a cow/calf pair).

The idea of a porch has no real merit, but I still love it.

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I like that the inside space of this one is just right for a stall on the far end and an enclosed milk room in the middle.  Plus just look at those cute shutters!!

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This red one is just too cute.  It’s not very functional but it’s cute. It has windows right at Bessie ‘ s head height so she could see outside as she munches her hay.

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See the dark brown one to its right? It’s actually just right…but I think as narrow as it is, it needs to be about 12′ longer.

  This is going to take a while!!!!

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