A sturdy, durable product
When you have a half-ton of horse leaning against the walls of your building, or your building is standing out in the middle of a field with no protection from the elements, a flimsy construction with low quality materials is the last thing you want.
We build our stables and field shelters from first-grade Bulgarian spruce - of course, other wood options are available, but we find that nothing else matches it for value. Other woods in the same price range (e.g. the Scandinavian spruce that many of our competitors use) are a lot weaker, while stronger timbers (e.g. oak) are a lot more expensive.
Sturdy construction from a reliable style
We clad our buildings in an overlapping 'Country Cut' style, with a 20mm overlap between boards. This is a lot more sturdy than the 5mm overlap found in Tongue-and-Groove (T&G) clad buildings, especially considering that many improperly treated T&G can shrink over time, resulting in much less than 5mm connection between boards. While this is our standard and preferred option, we do offer other timbers, metal, and composite buildings.
A word about tanalising
Tanalising is a process intended to extend the lifespan of low quality wood, by trying to give it properties that high quality wood would naturally have. This is not as effective as using high quality wood, and can even have disadvantages such as promoting shrinkage and knot loss. This is why we choose to use high quality wood (our first-grade Bulgarian spruce), rather than tanalising inferior wood.
The natural advantages of wood
While we do also offer metal and composite buildings (it's your building, so why shouldn't you be able to choose the material you want), we will almost always recommend going with wood.
Wood has naturally insulative properties, so will keep your buildings warmer in the winter, and cooler in the summer, in comparison, an uninsulated metal building will leak heat in the winter, and will turn into an oven during the summer - just think about standing under a hot tin roof.
Wood also offers some sound insulation, which may not seem like a huge benefit, but some animals can become disturbed or upset by the loudness of hail or rain on a metal roof.
Wooden buildings are also often cheaper, more eco-friendly, and look better too, but don't just take our word for it, check out our image galleries.
There are many reasons why you’d want to move your field shelter or stable, most commonly because you need your building in different locations at different times, or because you don’t have planning permission for a static building.
We offer several standard options for the mobility of your building:
- No skid - The cheapest option, but you will not be able to move your building, and as it will count as a permanent structure, you may need planning permission.
- Timber skid - This will give your building a very basic amount of movement, and will not require planning permission.
- Metal skid - This will allow you to more easily move your building, and we recommend it if you intend to move your building short distances occasionally.
- Metal skid on wheels - This option allows full and easier mobility of your building, and we would recommend it if you intend to move your building over a long distance or on a regular basis.
We can offer all these options on all variations of our buildings. Single stables/field shelter, double, with attached tack room or hay storage etc.
As our buildings are made from high quality wood, and a heavy duty framework, they can more easily withstand the forces of being moved, than the average timber building. We use a full thickness overlapping timber cladding, which forms a stronger structure than feather-edged or shiplap cladding, and has less chance of coming loose during movement.
There are several kinds of timber field shelters, mobile field shelters and mobile stables to pick from, based on the climate, budget as well as the terrain it will likely be built on. We provide many standard options, such as partitions, gates, slip rails, addition front panels, roof canopy etc.
As well as the standard options, we can also offer a high level of customisation and non-standard options. Past examples include this veterinary field shelter with opening panels and a combined stable/field-shelter. We're also able to use elements from our other buildings, such as garden offices or workshops, and combine them with our equestrian buildings, to create something truly unique.
Importantly, custom built does not mean that it will be more expensive. What you get for your money is a quality, strong and sturdy building, designed to meet your mobile field shelter or mobile stable needs. So please feel free to contact one of our advisors on 01935 891195 to see what we can do for you. Alternatively, you can contact us here.