Thursday, December 22, 2011

Last Bit of Structural Work is DONE

 The South side of the building is the weather side and has received the brunt of the dsamage over the past 100 years. Here the top plate, a 6x8 beam, was damaged by years of water running down the roof structure where the roof was damaged.

 We braced everything temporarily and lifted that section of the building supported by the beam. Then we surgically removed the rotted section and replaced it with new material and provided support to hold everything in place.
 Now that all the structural damage has been repaired we are moving on to replacing the floor on the first floor. Aaron has started pulling the damaged flooring and after the holidays we will begin to replace it with 6" tongue and groove. We are all very anxious to get the floor down. Not only will we finally be able to begin to safely use the barn, but now we can have a barn party inside!!!

We have set aside enough money to complete the ground floor this year and will really push to get the loft finished next winter. After that it is doors and windows. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel; after three years this project is still keeping us entertained.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Post about Posts

 The last bit of structural repair to the barn has been made...alsmost. Yesterday Aaron and I finished replacing the rotted posts that support the loft.
We have one more section of top plate to replace on the South wall and then we can start replacing the floor.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Deck the Halls..Haul the Decks...Deck the Barn...Whatever...

 As things slow down in the fields for us we can get back to work on the many ongoing projects and loose ends. Aaron and I took advantage of some decent weather to attach decks to the rear of the barn.
We had already added a ramp earlier in the season, and the decks finish the job of providing safe access to the back of the barn.
Straight and true.