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Not Just a Barn


2013/04/03


The cupola atop Lepard's barn compliments the other classic exterior elements.

Lepard's Circle L Brand hangs above the entry to his pasture.

The 16-foot center isle is flanked by Poplar walls and a corrugated steel ceiling.

The facade of the structure with sliding barn doors and lantern lighting.
Article and Photos by Tootie Trouy

When Josh Lepard and his wife, Kristy, found out they were expecting a child, Lepard knew the time was right to pursue building a barn on his nine and a half acre place. “I built it for my son, Jase. I wanted one (a barn) when I was young and didn't have one,” he explained. Lepard also knew who he wanted to build his barn. Being a bull fighter and roper, he had previously met contractor Jesse Freyaldenhoven through local Rodeo events, and he knew from seeing Freyaldenhoven's work that he was the man he wanted on the job. With a list of “wants” in hand, they began the two and a half month construction process developing a structure that would be more than just a barn, but also a place for Lepard to make memories with his son.

The result is a thirty-six foot by forty foot structure. It includes four twelve by twelve stalls, a tack room and a wash bay, all on a concrete foundation. Lepard's barn is a great compromise of functionality and aesthetics. Some of the items on his must-have list include a corrugated steel ceiling with recessed can lighting, purely for their aesthetic qualities. Clad in rough-cut Poplar wood with a metal roof, the rustic appearance of the barn flows seamlessly from the steel ceilings to the exterior, which displays classic barn trims, oil rubbed bronze lantern lights, and a cupola with, fittingly, a bull spinning atop.

Other design decisions had much more functional reasons behind them. Electrical sockets are strategically placed so that every stall may have a fan, and the breezeway is sixteen feet wide – large enough for a truck to pass through or to offer enough space to practice roping inside. New Cypress fencing, also built by Freyaldenhoven's Rustic Construction, encompasses his property, beginning beside the new barn at a gate with his Circle L Farms brand hanging above.

Although the barn itself may be complete, Lepard could not help talking about the other elements he hopes to add. These include a small lot directly behind the barn for a picnic table and a roping pen on the back of the property. All centered around the new structure, these elements show that what Lepard and Rustic Construction have built will become so much more than just a barn. Certainly, it will provide shelter for horses and storage for hay and tack. But more importantly, it will be a place where a father teaches his son to throw a rope and where a family can come together and enjoy one another. Not just a barn, it will provide a place for memories to be made for many years to come.
 
Photo Captions:
Photo 1: The cupola atop Lepard's barn compliments the other classic exterior elements.
Photo 2: Lepard's Circle L Brand hangs above the entry to his pasture.
Photo 3: The 16-foot center isle is flanked by Poplar walls and a corrugated steel ceiling.
Photo 4: The facade of the structure with sliding barn doors and lantern lighting.

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