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Adding a stable to the garage.

Adding a stable to the garage Making the most of their property in Napa, California, Claudia and Ed Bubnis extended their garage by 26 feet to make enough room for two generous stalls, a carpeted tack room, and a grooming area. "It's European idea--attaching a stable to a living area," Mrs. Bubnis says. By not building a freestanding barn, she saved space for a back-yard riding arena.

Designed and built by the owners, the 23-by 48-foot garage-stable is finished with the same shake roof that covers the house. A breezeway links the two structures. Recycled bricks and timbers, used in planters and along walkways, also tie the buildings together. Recycling saved money elsewhere too: Mr. Bubnis welded the corral's fence from pipe salvaged from a San Francisco demolition project.

The spotless stable area is home for the Bubnis' 13-year-old Thoroughbred and a 31-year-old Shetland pony. Their stalls have rubber flooring, automatic water dispensers, heat lamps, and automatic insecticide dispensers. Just outside the breezeway is a wash area with hot and cold water.

With limited space, the owners use compressed alfalfa cubes rather than bales of hay for feed. They can store a three-month supply (about 1-1/2 tons) in a stud-framed bin at one side of the garage.
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