Monday, November 2, 2009

The Old Barn is Coming Along

There has been a major transformation going on in the barn the past two weeks. I now have place to store all the garden stuff. Complete with new (recycled) shelves and new (recycled) windows.

The garden area is inside the central part of the barn inside of two stalls. Flooring was installed above for more storage on both sides of the barn and ladders were built for easy access.

The center isle remains clear. This will be the main staging and shearing area when needed. It will also house the lawn tractor for the winter. The stalls on the left for now hold building materials we want to keep for future projects. Eventually it will serve as more or less a tack room.

Closer to the front entrance in the first stall on the left we still need to do some work. We will be adding insulation and creating an area to use as a chicken brooding area/intensive care unit. (I'm looking forward to getting them off my back porch.)
Directly across the isle is the sheep ICU/maternity ward that will have access to an outdoor pen.

At the very rear of the building are the large doors. I was impressed with the fancy latch the guys built for it.

On the opposite side of the doors some of the old barn siding was in good condition since it's been protected by the metal part of the barn. Where they could, they just added batons to keep the bats from getting back inside and taking up residence again.
Just to the right of that the guys built a half wall. Next Spring when we get the rest of the pastures fenced the sheep will come to live here. (Their current abode will be converted into the love shack for any potential boyfriends.)

So the guys built a hay feeder that I can access easily from the other side. The area behind that will stay as it is and be used for storage as well as the blacksmith shop.

Now all we need is to get the new roof on. But that will wait until Spring. Because it's time to pack everything away, clean everything up and take a long winter's nap.


Kara said...

WOW! It looks fantastic!

thecrazysheeplady said...

That's a fabulous re-model. What a convenient set up and perfect timing heading into winter. Great job!

Carol @ TheWritersPorch said...

That is an AWESOME Barn!! :)

kristi said...

Very nice remodel!! So much space to use up!! Can't wait to see the sheep in the barn:)

bennie and patsy said...

The engineer did a great job. It is a perfect old with the new barn.

Christopher Busta-Peck said...

Nice work.

Renee said...

ladders = easy access? You crack me up!!!!

Dolly said...

It has been so fun watching the renovation come to life!
I applaud you all!


Julie-Ann said...

This old barn is turning out so beautiful I may just have to move in myself! How's the food? LOL

Milah said...

It's nice to see your barn come back to life. Nice job!

Tammy said...

Just beautiful. What a lovely old/new barn and all that space. I love how they've made everything handy and convenient--makes life so much easier.

corinne said...

WOW! Come on over and fix up mine now :).

Rural Writer said...

What a great looking barn. I'd better not show these pictures to The Farmer here or he'll turn totally green. You've done a great job with it.