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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HayWhen we were planning the barn, I posed this question to every builder we interviewed: how do you know how to design the loft to be strong enough to support filling it with hay? I knew this was an important question. I’ve read and heard horror stories of people having barns collapse when loaded with hay.

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FromPasture

Here are some pictures of the barn metal siding going up. Now it’s really starting to look like a barn! We are in that inevitable stage that every building project hits- we are ready for it to be done. There are the early stages, where you oooh and ahhh over each little step- holes dug, poles in, roof taking shape, sides, windows, loft, stairs. And the first couple of panels of colored siding are certainly dramatic. But then, you crest over the edge of knowing what the whole thing is going to look like, there are no more visually dramatic steps left, just tedium of finishing this and that.

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Our barn is still progressing along, I’m just not keeping up in pictures! There is still a lot of planning overhead that’s taking up our evenings and weekends. Here is a view of it out one of our upstairs windows. The loft windows and big slider door were taking shape here.

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Loft

Here are some views from inside our barn loft. It’s still only accessible via ladder, as the staircase won’t be finished until the concrete slab is poured.

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