A Barn Re-Loved

        We’re  at it again, but this time we are renovating our 115 year old barn! 

Instead of tearing it down, my husband read a book about old barns and decided she was solid as a rock and worth saving.  So just like we did on our old farmhouse, we had to start with the foundation.   But before the boring foundation stuff, how about some cute baby pig pictures?  

       All our piglets and momma are gone now. They all went to rescue farms or individual homes where they will have a good life.  Here’s one last picture of our pigs.  My favorite one we called Cowpig, and she went with her momma, Miss Piggy, and two other piglets to a rescue farm.  I miss them!

Okay . . . just one more.

      The pandemic didn’t slow down our plans or workers willing to come to our farm to start fixing up  the barn.  

      This redbud in the foreground makes her look all pretty, but she really did need some TLC.    Half of the foundation needed redone before we could start any work inside or add a workshop onto the back. Because her metal sides are flipped up you can just barely see the new foundation.  

A little skid steer tore out the dirt and stone floor so a new  concrete floor can be poured (below).

This is what the stone foundation looks like that still holds up the two main walls inside the barn.

Look closely and you’ll still see  where the concrete butts up against the original stone foundation on both sides.  

The next step was getting the concrete floor poured for the new workshop behind the barn.  

And then the old metal siding came off.  What we discovered  was that the barn was originally painted red.  If you look closely left of the ladder, towards the roofline you can really see the red.  She has faded a lot since originally built and this will be her second metal covering.  

Putting on these new white barn doors was the very first thing we did when we bought the farm.  My husband built them because the old door fell off. Sadly they were burnt in the fire pit last week because a new door is coming.  I think she was always pretty and I miss the old barn look.

1 comment
  1. What a tease Cheryl! I thought I was going to see far more than just a cement floor. Oh well, I know it takes time and you will keep us posted on the progress. Something to look forward to – I love watching renovations.
    So glad your pigs went to a sanctuary where they will live happily ever after. Now that you’re redoing your barn, you should consider taking in a few mustangs. They’re being captured by the thousands out west and are just standing in corrals for the rest of their lives unless adopted. Some of them end up in kill pens and are sent to slaughter in Mexico or Canada. You can adopt them online and I think the BLM gives a $1000 incentive to adopt them. Even if you don’t ever break them, at least they would live happily ever after. I follow a couple santuaries, one in Colorado, and Skydog Santuary in Oregon. If you knew what the government is doing to our mustangs, it would break your heart. I know you have kill pens in Kansas and many are waiting to be rescued. Pray about it. The BLM just completed a round up of thousands of herds, separating the family herd members, and mothers from foals. I would help you support one or two.

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