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Sunday, November 29, 2009

Metamorphosis Monday - Death of the Little Barn

When we bought our property in 2000 there were three structures on the property, the house, a big barn and a large shed-like building which we called the little barn. The little barn was in horrible condition and it literally swayed with the wind. I was hoping that eventually it would just fall down but I knew with our luck it would probably outlast the house!

In July of 2005 we renovated our Big Barn. And since we needed storage for all our furniture during our home renovation which was set to begin in June, 2006, we decided to tear down the dilapidated little barn and build a new small barn.

First we had to demo the little barn which was sort of fun to watch. The guys showed up about 10 am and the little barn was completely gone by noon.

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Then the excavating began. Unfortunately I did not take any photos of the new foundation being poured which is always so messy. But the little barn is far enough from the house that even the noise did not bother us.


Next is the rough framing and you can finally see the building start coming together.

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1st Floor 3


Then the roofers came. The first thing roofers do is go to the highest point of a building...look at this guy in the hoodie!

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Next step was the siding which was not the correct color when it was delivered. The color was supposed to be a grayish, olive green and what was delivered looked like the color of a Certs Breath Mint! So we had to have the brand new stained siding stained again! Just one of the reasons I really don't like CertainTeed very much. After all the problems with the CertainTeed Siding, I checked all deliveries before I would allow the truck on our property, because once materials are delivered and if the order is incorrect, you are pretty much stuck with the problem.


And here's our finished Little Barn. I had one open bay built just for me and I use it as a pseudo greenhouse and it is working out very well. Plus it's a great place for the kids to store their bikes instead of the garage! The second floor is perfect for a home office and the views from every window are spectacular!


New Barn South

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Kammy said...

Wow, Michelle - that is one super makeover !!! I am drooling !

Kat said...

Your place is just gorgeous!

Rosie@Journey to Charm said...

Oh, my gosh! I think your new small barn is bigger than my house.

dee dee said...

How pretty! What a wonderful new space!... Dee Dee

Terry Stone said...

I love the new barn! The gables on top make it look like a charming cottage. Lucky you!

Jeannine said...

It looks good enough to live in. Thanks for sharing

Peg @ Bloomfield Farm said...

The new barn looks wonderful... worth all that effort you put into it!

Terry said...

It will be beautiful and practical for 100 years.

Leanne said...

I am in awe over that barn. I would be happy living in it. It's beautiful.

ButterYum said...

Whoo-hoo. Congratulations!!


dee dee said...

Thanks for leaving a comment on my post about the feather tree. I wanted to let you know that there is no glue needed to make them. The strong end of the feathers simply push into the stryofoam cone. Very simple! Dee Dee

Jane F at Atticmag said...

Barns are so beautiful I have come to really appreciate them. As a city person I really never knew about them until we visited a friend in Vermont. Hope you will treat us to an interior "barn tour" at some point. Happy Holidays.

Shirley said...

That is some "little barn"!! Now, see that's all I'd need for my horses! If only I had the land now!! Love the idea of a second floor office with the views. Pretty darn cool!!!

Cheryl B. said...

Michelle, on the one hand I think that you should stop showing (me in particular) pictures of your place ( o;-p). I just keep falling more and more in love with it!!!

I have previously offered to move in and do dishes if allowed to stay in one of the bedrooms, but now I think Terry Stone made a valied point when she said it (the small barn) looks like a charming cottage, and agree with Jeannie that it looks good enough to live in ... and agree with Leanne that I would be willing to live in it, so .... what all do you need me to be willing to do? o;-b!!! :-p

While I know it will just cause more drolling, I hope you follow Jane F at Atticmeg's request and show us the inside of it too!!

Kathleen said...

WOW!!! I could fill that up quickly!
It is beautiful..lucky you!

Deanna said...

Fantastic barn!
Nice design and Lots of room.
May you have a Merry Christmas,
d from homehaven