Why Your American Barn Should be Built by Craftsmen

American Barn

Adding a beautiful American Barn to your property not only has practical benefits but it also has a financial benefit. Building a bespoke well-made equestrian building will likely raise your property value if you get it right. Only a well-built and well-maintained structure will do you any good when it comes to asking price – a dilapidated, worn-down building barn will detract from your home’s value.

That’s where Jon William Stables comes into the picture. We have been collaborating with clients for over 50 years to design, deliver, and construct bespoke equestrian buildings. We pride ourselves on the services we provide through high-quality craftsmanship.

“I would just like to say how pleased I am with the pair of stables which you have provided me with. The quality of the buildings is first class and the guys who put them up were excellent, helpful, polite and very efficient. I would not hesitate to recommend your company to anyone requiring a first class product at a fair price. Many thanks.”
Hugh, Fordingbridge.

As a family run business who has trained with our father, who trained with their father, we understand equestrian life better than most. We’ve used all our knowledge to design equestrian buildings bespoke to your needs, with practical and efficient uses.

Plinth System 

Our unique Plinth System, consisting of a galvanised steel plinth and a quality damp proof course, will protect the bottom of your new building. We advise against brick plinths as these become damp, move and crumble especially at the doorways. It is important to ensure the concrete is the correct size, therefore a base plan will be sent to you upon confirmation of order. 



Stable Anti-Cribbing Pack

Full height kickboards and top door lining. Top door anti-bite strips which include steel lining to doorstop, top door opening and leading edge of the top door. Bottom door anti-bite strip extending 450mm to the front.





Tackroom Security Pack

Unfortunately, in this day and age, everyone has concerns about security. We offer our hugely popular Security pack, which features a five-lever mortice lock, security bolted hinges, internally enclosed trusses and a fully framed ledged and braced door backed with galvanised steel and mounted in its own frame.




Translucent Roof Sheets

A cost effective method of adding additional light, Onduline’s sun reflective translucent roof sheets will assist with clipping and other intricate jobs. 




Coloured Onduline

Planning conditions may dictate that you require coloured roofing, or you may wish to match your new building colour scheme with an existing one. Either way, we can supply Onduline high-quality roofing sheets in red, brown or green to add that finishing touch.




Polycarbonate Roof

We have designed a unique roof structure allowing us to incorporate polycarbonate triple wall bronze roof sheets into a felt shingle roof. What this means is you can have an attractive felt shingle roof and roof lights, something not normally available with this type of roofing material. 




Western Red Cedar Shingles

Shingles have been used for hundreds of years and have proven their durability in all kinds of climates. They can be used to create individual buildings and their rich, warm colour and texture blend beautifully in any natural environment. We will elevate the roof pitch to 22.5° degrees and add gable vents to aid ventilation to your stables.




Rear Guttering

Fitted as standard to the front of all our buildings, we also offer rear guttering giving you all-around drainage for your building.





Clock Tower

All our towers feature fluted pillars and louvred sides. Dials can be fitted on as many sides as required. The roof and finial are moulded from a lead original in GRP composite using metal powder to simulate lead whilst reducing weight and cost. Roman or Skeleton dial designs (with optional illumination) can be specified, and the tower can also include digital bell chimes or real bronze bells. 





Dormer Gable

The option of a Dormer Gable with decorative posts will give you a unique finish to your building.






Oak Façade

Create an English Heritage appearance with our optional feature oak façade. Fascia’s, posts and curved braces shaped from English oak.






Lined Canopy

Clad with hardwood faced ply or shiplap. If you choose this option we recommend additional ventilation is added as the arbour vent will be blocked off. This can be done with a rear window or top rear door.





Softwood Top Rear Doors

Adding top stable doors to the back of your building is a superb way to increase air flow. To protect your building further we include anti-bite strips around the top door opening. 




Hardwood Top Rear Doors

Steel framed with 150mm x 38mm thick Iroko hardwood inserts set in a steel door frame. Adding top stable doors to the back of your building is a superb way to increase air flow. 





Hardwood Top Rear Door and Louvre Window Combination

Steel framed with Iroko hardwood inserts and a six blade louvre window. Adding this combination to the back of your 





Hardwood Hay Barn Doors

2300mm wide, 2205mm high steel framed with 150mm x 38mm Iroko hardwood inserts. Set in a steel door frame. All doors are hung with adjustable hinges and secured with a British Standard 5 lever mortice lock, held open and secured with a cabin hook. All frames and ironwork are fully galvanised for protectio




Rubber Floor Matting

Our premium moulded rubber stable mats have an attractive anti-slip pattern design on one side and a wide ribbed pattern on the reverse to facilitate drainage. Fitting rubber stable matting is becoming more popular as people realise the obvious benefits to horses and owners alike. Rubber matting gives great insulation of the floor and protection to your horse, which means as much as 80% less traditional bedding is needed. 1.2m x 1.8m x 17mm

Talk Bars

These are highly recommended for the social benefits of your horses. They are also a popular and effective way of calming anxious animals, as well as creating greater light and air movement. Created from galvanised heavy duty steel bars and angled steel.


At Jon William Stables we are able to design and manufacture various American Barn layouts, for more information or to start planning your new American Barn please contact our sales team with your requirements on 01380 850 965.

“The team were absolutely great and worked virtually nonstop from the time they arrived on site to finish and nothing too much trouble for them. It was a pleasure to see craftsmen taking pride in their work.

Many thanks to you and your team for a truly professional service and exceptional quality building.”


 We love delivering bespoke American Barn Stables to our customers and are extremely proud of our high level of craftsmanship. If you are thinking about building a unique American Barn, don’t hesitate to get in touch. We would love to hear from you! Phone us today on 01380 850965 or fill out our contact form.

Other Blog Articles

horse wearing horns and Halloween decoration lying in grass.

Spooky Horse Stable Decor Ideas for Halloween

Throughout the years, horse owners and equestrian enthusiasts have discovered creative ways …

Read more
horses feeding on hay

6 Best Tips for Storing Hay

Proper hay storage is crucial when it comes to ensuring that your …

Read more
Lady with her horse practising natural horsemanship.

Natural Horsemanship: Exploring the Benefits and Drawbacks

Natural horsemanship has gained significant popularity recently as horse enthusiasts seek more …

Read more

Visit us at

Badminton Horse Trials logo