Barn Project Part 1

 Posted by at 7:54 pm  Nick's Blog
Aug 022023

As I have said before, the big barn at the back of our property is a bit dilapidated but it does have a nice flat concrete floor and is watertight so I keep the tractor implements in there. When the weather looks particularly bad I move the Kubota, the Husqvarna riding lawn mower, and the Kawasaki Mule from the double carport up front back to the barn.

The front part of the barn is divided into three horse stalls and then a big bay in the center, with two rooms off to one side.

As I said in a blog a week or so ago, the back had an addition with an opening big enough to drive everything inside. The only problem was that after I went in through the addition there was another doorway into the actual barn that was too low for the tractor to get in unless I put down the roll bar. I solved that problem by using a Sawzall to enlarge the opening.

I wasn’t sure what to do about the barn. I had toyed with the idea of putting in a metal building closer to the front of the property to store the tractor and mower and such, or trying to make some changes to the barn, or maybe tearing it down completely and using its concrete pad to build something on.

When Alan Banks was here last week working on the deck project, I asked his advice. After looking things over, he said the main structure of the barn was in pretty good shape, and it has a steel frame that was not going to go anywhere. His thought was that it would be better to work on what I already had standing rather than to try to tear it all down and build something else. Okay, that sounds like a plan. So this is the first blog post of several I will be doing over time about that project.

The addition I mentioned at the back of the barn was falling apart, and the metal roof was flopping around in the wind to the point that I was afraid it might take the rest of the roof off someday. I asked Alan and his father Scott to tear that part down for me and they arrived early yesterday morning to get that job done.

One of the first steps was to use a chainsaw to cut loose the remaining boards and beams supporting the addition since some of them had already fallen down over time.

Then they used their Kubota tractor to pull down one side of the addition and then the other.

This is what it looked like at the start of the day.

And this is what it looks like now.

Alan got up on the roof and told me that the metal roof over the existing barn is in good condition, so that won’t need replacement for a long time.

With the help of my son Travis and Miss Terry, I will be gutting the inside of the barn over the next few months after it cools down. Those two extra rooms I mentioned are freestanding, and their walls don’t support anything so taking them out won’t affect the structure of the barn, but it will give me much more available working space. I’ll tell you more about that as it happens.

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  2 Responses to “Barn Project Part 1”

  1. I see a lot of electrical wiring and boxes and things. Please be careful you don’t get electrocuted when you are taking that all down Nick.

  2. Mark, I had a licensed electrician confirm that there is currently no power to the barn. I don’t like getting zapped! 🙂

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