The Perfect All Weather Riding Arena
The Prairie covered riding arena is a year round equestrian facility that is built to last.The Prairie is a luxury arena that will allow you to ride year round.
This kit is designed with durable wood posts and angle-iron steel trusses, this arena doesn’t just look beautiful, it’s simply a better investment than a metal building. With a skilled builder and proper maintenance, this elegant arena will stand for decades.
Options & Upgrades
The Prairie arena kit has a timeless and dependable design that allows for countless options and upgrades. From barn wood to horse stalls, you can customize your kit to accommodate all of your equestrian needs.
Douglas Fir Tongue & Groove
A standard offering for all of our horse barns, and a frequent upgrade for interior wall and ceiling coverings on our barns and homes, we only source the finest select grade 2” x 6” Douglas fir from the Pacific Northwest. Douglas fir takes a finish well and can be matched with a variety of vibrant stain colors.
Cedar Board & Batten
The standard offering for all of our barn homes, cedar board and batten siding is a beautiful, rustic, long-lasting siding choice featuring vertical 1” x 10” visual grade, tight knot western red cedar board and 1” x 3” battens, planed smooth on one side and both edges.
Cedar Tongue & Groove
An optional upgrade from our standard Douglas fir tongue and groove offering, western red cedar is known for its rich color, straight grain, and its natural resistance to the elements, a good match for those looking for a natural but durable wood aesthetic.
The latest development in wood siding, DC Barnwood is brand new cedar siding that has been treated to resemble reclaimed barn wood. Less expensive than authentic reclaimed wood and much easier to obtain in large quantities, DC Barnwood is available in over a dozen colors and is designed to age naturally without maintenance.
COMES IN A VARIETY OF DIFFERENT FINISHES. CONTACT US FOR MORE INFO.
Hardiepanel Vertical Siding
This fiber cement siding product designed to imitate classic board and batten siding is more fire resistant than wood and requires much less maintenance. Available in four textures including stucco, HardiePanel products come with a 30-year transferable warranty.
Hardieplank Lap Siding
This fiber cement siding product designed to imitate wood lap siding is the most popular brand of siding in America. Available in over a dozen colorful finishes or primed for paint, HardiePlank is among the strongest and best performing siding types on the market.
Our window cupola comes standard with our Oakridge and Sunnyside series. This cedar cupola measures up at 36” x 36” with a 9/12 pitch and comes with four fixed Andersen 100 series windows, cedar trim, window tape, and flashing.
Our basic barn cupola comes standard with our Columbia, Powell, and Pendleton series. This cedar cupola measures up at 36” x 36” with a 9/12 pitch and comes with cedar louvers.
Queen Post Timber Truss
- 12’ Handcrafted Mortise & Tenon Douglas Fir Timber Truss
- 6” x 8” Bottom Chord
- 6” x 8” Queen Posts & Top Chords
- 4” x 8” Radius Struts
- (2) Large Knee Braces to Support Timber Truss
- (2) Smaller Knee Braces Under Gable Overhang
- Includes (1) Widow’s Peak
Traditional Timber Truss
- 12’ Handcrafted Douglas Fir Timber Truss
- 6” x 10” Bottom Chord
- 6” x 8” King Post & Top Chords
- 4” x 8” Radius Struts
- (2) Custom Truss Brackets
- (2) Smaller Knee Braces
- Includes (1) Widow’s Peak
FLEX DESIGN OPTION
Somewhere between a standard kit design and a custom build, our Flex Design option enables you to make structural adjustments that honor your vision more fully. This includes fundamental changes to the building such as height or width, removal of posts, changes to roof pitch and custom upgrades like a deck or covered porch—all for less than a custom build!
Each of our kits has been predesigned to a certain sidewall height. But when our clients want to use their kits for the storage of large recreational vehicles or commercial equipment that exceed our standard building height, we can raise the second level of your building to meet your needs.
Most of our post and beam buildings are designed on a grid with a structural post every 12’. This system takes advantage of the standard lengths of dimensional lumber to maximize the efficiency of your building and reduce waste. Some clients prefer a floor plan with an atypical building width requiring larger or smaller spans between posts. These changes can be accommodated with a custom structural upgrade.
The post and beam building system relies on structural posts that eliminate any load-bearing walls, allowing our clients to design highly customized floor plans. However, some clients may want to remove one or more structural posts to create larger open spaces. These changes can usually be accommodated with a custom structural upgrade that increases the size of other posts, beams, and connection hardware to compensate for the missing posts.
OTHER OPTIONS & UPGRADES
At DC Structures, we pride ourselves on offering our clients the ability to make more customizations than any other building kit company. True customization means more than giving you some of the best windows, doors, equestrian equipment and building materials to choose from, it also means allowing you to make certain structural modifications to your building.
Except for our large riding arenas, all of our kits come with free shipping to the lower 48 United States. Live somewhere else? No problem! We’ll create a custom shipping quote and send your kit anywhere in the world.
Please speak with one of our design specialists about our warranty.
Wind & Snow Loads
Our sturdy buildings are pre-engineered to meet a standard set of criteria that will meet county regulations almost anywhere. However, if you live in an area with unusually stringent codes, particularly at high elevations, our standard building kit may not be sufficient. DC Structures can accommodate these loads by making changes to your kit, usually by increasing the size of structural posts and beams.
Our building kits with second story living options are designed with a simple floor system using 2” floor joists, but we recommend that many of our clients upgrade to an open web floor truss system. This truss system means you’ll never have to drill a hole through a joist to install plumbing, electrical, or HVAC systems.
Heavy Timber Upgrades
If you love the heavy timber look, ask your design specialist about a heavy timber framing upgrade to the loft or roof of your building kit to create a more rustic and handcrafted aesthetic.
Our clients have a number of options to consider when planning the construction of their building kit:
DO IT YOURSELF!
- Many of our clients with construction experience act as their own general contractor, saving tens of thousands by putting in their own sweat equity.
USE YOUR BUILDER!
- If you know a builder that you trust, we’ll set them up with our best-in-the-industry blueprints and help guide both of you through the process. Remember that every DC Structures kit comes with support from our team of builders with real post and beam construction experience.
TAKE ADVANTAGE OF OUR BUILDER NETWORK
- Need help finding a builder? We have a nationwide network of trusted builders who understand this construction style. We’ll help interview and vet your contractor to make sure they’re the right fit for your project.
- Although they don’t have to capacity to handle every DC Structures project, our sister company DC Builders constructs a certain number of barn kit projects every year. Ask your design specialist about getting a construction quote from DC Builders.
The Prairie riding arena kit comes complete with a comprehensive materials package.
- Covered Riding Arena
- 16’ Sidewall
- 5’ Rub Rail
- 4/12 Roof Pitch
- Steel Trusses
- 6” x 12” Pressure Treated Arena Posts
- 2” x 6” Shear Walls in All 4 Corners
- Select Grade T&G Int. Wall Coverings
- Select Tight Knot Cedar Board and Batten Siding on Gable Ends
- Select Grade Douglas Fir Tongue & Groove Siding
- Select Tight Knot Cedar Trim & Fascia
- 1/2” CDX Roof Sheathing
- Two Steel-Framed Arena Gates With Wood Fill
- One Steel-Framed Man Gate With Wood Fill
- Connection Hardware
- Detailed Blueprints w/Engineering (county specific engineering upgrades available)
- Detailed Digital Blue prints w/Standard Structural Engineering
- Builder Support
“I'm not that easy to please, but I can tell you DC structures not only met but exceeded my expectations.”
— Bob Coen—Damascus, OR
“Our animals are around us constantly; we are able to have our dogs, horses and cats in one location so we don’t have to be commuting to take care of them.”
— Jeff Meyer—Fairplay, CO
“We've lived on this property for 22 years and it’s a wonderful piece of property with spectacular views. The barn looks like it should have always been here.”
— Brian Sonnenberg—West Linn, OR
“This is just the most beautiful landscaped structure; we love looking at it.”
— Leslie Schoradt—Penn Valley, CA
“It’s the best when you start to see to see it all come together, when you realize that the choices you made were the right ones.”
— Chris Higley—Bend, OR