A Bunkhouse and a Mission of Healing

Have you ever had a project come up where it was so good and so aligned with your calling that you almost had to pinch yourself to see if it’s real?

Early this year I was asked to join a project team in designing a bunkhouse on a mountain ranch and of course I was immediately excited, but when I found out the mission for this place and who it will serve, I knew it was a passion project for me. The kind of project that God blesses you with.

My clients are building a ranch for horses that are in pain and in need of therapeutic services while also offering an employment opportunity to Veterans who are experiencing difficulty in establishing a career path. This program will use the well-established therapeutic value of horses as an aid to stimulate the veterans interests and abilities in equine-related employment.

Let the Veterans help the horses and the horses help the Veterans!

I had my client’s style pretty much pegged within the very beginning of our first conversation and was pulled into the project at an early enough stage that they had the dimensions of the structure that they wanted to build, but did not yet have the plans from an architect. I have been able to develop two floor plans for them to choose from, and from which, their Architect will take inspiration to develop the building plans.

As we discussed their end use desires in detail. We found that they had the following requirements for their building of less than 1000 square feet:

  • Room for 8 to sleep - we gave them room for 9 in the bedrooms with an optional hideaway couch bed for the possibility of 2 more

  • 2 bathrooms

  • Kitchenette space without the need for cooking

  • Dual purpose game table / dining-meeting table - we created a custom fold-able removable top for the game table and custom benches to slide away during gaming

  • A room that is more like a suite - on-suite bathroom

Take a look at the floor plan that we developed for them to take to their architect so that he could develop their building plans from the end use design concept. All of the interior doors are sliding barn doors so as to not take up interior space. Due to space restrictions all storage in the bedrooms are armoires with drawers.

Sometimes even the most challenging requirements can be solved with the right creative team behind you. I know this bunkhouse will lead to a lifetime of memories for many, and that my friends, is the root of why I do what I do!

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