Friday, November 16, 2007

Almost Finished.....

The new barn is almost done! They still need to install the overhead door on the far end and I'll need a TON of fill to level the surface, but it's looking good. This is the view from the house...
And this is the view from the hill....
The road....See what I mean about needing a ton of fill?

Behind the barn ~ where the overhead door will be. This is where we I'll unload the hay.

This is the West side of the barn. The part that faces what is now the ewe pasture. I'm not sure if I like it or not. I thought I was getting the light filtering panels (that let light in) put in the ROOF of the barn. Apparently, I was mistaken and the plans call for "eave lights" (which I would think would be UNDER the eaves ~ not half way down the side of the barn!) to let the light in. At first I was VERY upset and thought the two-toned (Oreo cookie effect) looked stupid. But I do like how much light it lets into the barn and I'm thinking Maybe it's not too bad.... What do you think? I'm still "discussing" the issue with the contractor. They've offered to "make it right". Now I just need to decide if it needs to be fixed or not! Would it look better with that side ALL brown? You can't see that side from the road. Barely even from the house....

ALICE says... "I think it looks FINE, Mom ~ of course, I LOVE cookies..."


  1. WOW Nancy!! That looks great. When is the 'barn warming' party?

  2. I just have to say it one more time. WOW. I'm so jealous of your new barn...

  3. Thank you Becca! Now I want to see how much it would cost to run electricity out there. I figure that if I had electricity, I could just fill a BIG HEATED water bucket instead of having to haul water (running water IN the barn is a future goal!) every day in the winter...

  4. Ooh - love the barn Nancy - I have barn envy now. Very Nice!!!!

  5. Anonymous2:12 PM

    Congratulations on your beautiful new barn Nancy!!

    I love the color and the light filtering panels. I don't think the panels look odd and where they are on the back of the barn, only you will notice. I love the natural light and think that you will too.

    I know it's been a long, windy road for you. No more than you deserve!


  6. Anonymous2:59 PM

    Let the light shine in Nancy.
    Oh, and when your estimating the cost of "running electricity" check out solar power and state grants for this on rural locations. I think it has come to be a distinct alternative in your situation.


  7. That's a GREAT idea Ann! I'll check into it.

    Thank you!

  8. Hi Nancy,

    Your barn is BEAUTIFUL! I think you will like the panels. We've got them in our barn on the south side and they really do let in a lot of light...

  9. Congratulations on a really handsome barn -- I love it! But I'm with you, I think VISUALLY the west side would look better with brown siding going all the way up. But if that is a side you don't see often, I'd leave it, because having more light in a barn is a very good thing, especially if you don't have electricity in it (I can't imagine NOT having electricity in a barn, but whatever). One question, though. Will your hay be stacked against the west wall? If it will be, blocking the light, I would probably make them switch out the panels to brown ones.

  10. I think it's a great barn, Nancy! For a temporary measure, you can always run a grounded, weatherproof, heavy-duty extension cords out to a tank to have a water heating device for the winter. Not the best solution, but it may alleviate hauling water out that far.

    You'll get a better idea of what you really need going through a year with the barn as it that time, you'll get an idea about light, water, placement of stuff...well, you know what I mean.




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