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.