The last “big” stage of our barn construction was to wire in lights and outlets. We had originally budgeted for hiring an electrician; but had a contingency that we’d do it ourselves if we had unexpected expenses. Our budget actually went pretty well overall, but bringing in power was more than we thought, and we’d like to reserve some money for other improvements, so we went ahead and tackled the wiring ourselves.

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One of the big things left to do on our barn is get power installed and finish all the wiring. We have been waiting a long time for the power company to bring in power. I initiated plans with them in December. They are none too speedy. And it is costing a lot of money to bring power from the street back to our barn. A lot.

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RearViewOur barn is done. Unbelievably done. The concrete pouring was delayed by cold weather and then snowy roads and backlogged concrete deliveries. But it finally wrapped up, the last side wall was put in, and the rest of the staircase. Then garage doors and gutters, final punch list, and voila. The structure is complete. The inspectors have ok’ed that part, but are holding off on the final signoff until we finish the bathroom and wiring, since they need to see any hole-drilling in the structure. But that’s ok with us, we’ll be working away on that diligently now that everyone and everything else is out of the way.

SideViewWe are pretty happy with how it turned out! Now tools and things are starting to trickle out there to stay, yeah! We can leave stuff sitting on the concrete yet, as it’ll take a while to cure, with this cool, humid weather and the plastic underneath. But we can put things in the loft, and I’m parking the ATV inside now, which is nice to be able to sit down on  a dry seat when I go to feed sheep!

SideViewFromBelowA panorama from the pasture (click for larger image).

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ConcreteOnce our plumbing groundwork was signed off, we could finally cover it up and give the concrete guy the OK to move ahead. We chose to use a plastic barrier under the concrete, because our hillside is choc full of underground springs; which spring to the surface in random and frequent places, and weep and seep water year-round. The last thing we wanted was damp concrete.

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FromPastureOur barn is closing in on the finish line. One of the big holdups was the plumbing permit. When we pulled the original building permit, the builder actually submitted the combination of engineering drawings and site plans that I had created. That was nearly a year ago. At the time, we didn’t really know the details of what we wanted to do with the plumbing, and they don’t have a regular plumbing contractor whom they use. So they left it to us to pull that permit separately and handle those details ourselves. That was fine.

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