Thursday, August 7, 2014

Throwback Thursday ... Our Barn

I will be working back by the barn today, which is about 200 yards behind the house  I'm prepping a small area to extend the English Garden, to plant iris, peonies, and climbing roses.  I will show this to you later when it actually looks like something to share.  For now, let's take a quick Before and After look at our barn beside this garden ... the barn was in sorry shape and was in desperate need of attention when we bought this property in 2002.

Here it is in the beginning, choked by brush and structurally compromised.

Bye bye, Brush.

Initial stage of shoring up the rotten framing.

Working down the length of the building, zig-zagging from one side to the other, replacing beams and posts.

Framing is finished, and new rough-sawn siding is going on.  The old siding is stacked inside.

The beginning of a paint job in the perfect Barn Red.

Finished ... except for a little bit of trim painting!

As I work nearby, I remember the awful condition that our barn was in before and I smile to see the state that it's in now.  (Click HERE if you haven't seen the whole story of the restoration, which is also in a link on the sidebar.)

Gotta go get to work!


  1. Yikes! What a huge job but it looks fabulous now. You must be so pleased!

  2. All i can say is WOW! What a job you took on! And it turned out fabulous! Your gonna think this is funny but sometimes i day dream about our perfect home/property... you know when hubby is done working in CA and we get ready to retire...SOMEWHERE else..... and i always envision him having his workshop in a barn like this... you know for when he retires and wants to play with wood and make birdhouses and who knows what else...
    I cannot even imagine what it cost to rennovate that barn but you did an incredible job woman! Love it!Hugs! deb

  3. Haha, first picture of the old barn looks so romantic......but it is so much better now, you can be proud.

  4. Wow, what a project and one my dear husband would have loved doing.

    Great job! You two are such an inspiration.


  5. Wow, what a great restoration! Thanks for sharing it.

  6. Oh WOW!!! The transformation is amazing. It takes me back to when my DH was transforming the old cinder block dairy barn on our property into a quilt studio for me. A project like yours brings real satisfaction.

  7. WOW, WHAT A PROJECT! Good for you for renovating it rather than demolishing it. It's absolutely stunning!


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