2.22.2017

build-a-barn ~ making progress

The builders continued making good progress on the barn. It was interesting to see what they chose to work on. Much was dictated by the weather. The snow, cold & ice prevented them from working a couple days, now the wind picked up. They worked through it, but the second half of the roof had to wait. 


when the wind finally calmed down
it took four guys to maneuver the long metal sheets
we are putting six stalls along the west side
and one double stall with a removable partition
on the 
interior wall for injury recovery/foaling
36x40 stall windows
The photo below shows several noteworthy things, besides the ratchet "traps" that seems to have made it into almost every interior photo in some way shape or form!! Notice the "crack" along the center line of the roof? The two sides of the roof intentionally do not connect for optimum airflow. It does get covered with a ridge vent.

At the far end are giant rolls of insulation. The builders will insulate the horse side of the barn walls. To save on cost, we are insulating the storage walls & the entire roof. 

To the right of the rolls of insulation is another framed square window. Any guesses what that window is for?? Nope, not the double stall. That will be on the same side but complete opposite end of the barn. From about the end, to the second wall post ;) ha ha

The window is for a small room, for us - and it will have a BATHROOM!!!!!!! I've been telling anyone, it's the one thing I am the most excited about! Even more then the house. Having a bathroom, IN the barn!! SO happy about this! People look at me like I am really weird, but I mean it. Wholeheartedly. Yes, it's one more bathroom to clean - but, it will be small and worth it!

A girls gotta shoot for the sky, so I threw the bathroom idea into the mix of possibilities. Right away, it got shot down as unnecessary. I pick & choose my battles wisely, and made my reasons known. They start and end with, do you know how often I have to pee?! After more thought, Brad realized it really was a good idea. It won't be anything fancy, but it will be nearby! 

Brad walking through the service door
into the horse side


our ice skating rink aka storage side
will have six matching windows for natural light
and potential stall expansion
back of barn looked like this
for what seemed like a long time

front of barn didn't change for a while either
(see our stack of boxed windows)

at the end of the very next day
the storage outside wall looked like this!
inside storage wall
will need insulation & finishing
father-son barn talk
one of my favorite inside storage views
I really really wanted to photograph the cupolas being set...but I just couldn't make it up to the land earlier in the day. Sigh. The next best thing was seeing them with my hubby & son for the first time!!

close-up 
we have two cupolas
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5 comments:

Linda said...

Wow!! You are building the barn the way we'd do it if we could do it again. Unfortunately, at the time we built ours, cost was a big issue. I went for more stalls, less storage. In retrospect, we should have stretched our budget further for that extra storage! I would love a bathroom. Now, you'll never have to leave the barn! So, I decided a few days ago, my two stalls on the west side are going to be combined into one for convalescence and foaling this summer. Shiloh is thinking about letting Cowgirl have a baby.

Shirley said...

What a great design- and yes, bathrooms are a must!

Mrs Shoes said...

Our barn doesn't have windows, totally wish it did, so smart for you to have them. Also jealous of your cute cupola; Mr Shoes has said that he would put one up for me, even if it's just for looks, but I think that project is pretty far down his list. Like, maybe 'fell off the bottom' far down. *sigh*

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Mrs Shoes said...

P.s. No need for skylights when you have all those awesome windows!!
p.p.s. I have to pee out behind the barn...
#BathroomEnvy
:-)