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The Barn
 
The barn is just an ordinary run-of-the-mill sheet metal clad pole barn that's about 25 feet wide by 60 feet long.  The poles are 6" x 6" rough-cut timber with all other structural members being common lumber.  The roof rafters are pre-engineered trusses and the door is a 10 foot wide sliding model.
 
If you are considering having a barn built, we would recommend an overhead type door instead of a sliding door because the sliding door gets warped, making it very difficult to open and close.  With the wind we have out here, the dust also accumulates on and around the base horizontal slide track, which needs to be constantly dug out and cleaned out.
 
The previous owners cut a hole in the sheet metal of the far end of the barn, apparently for cross-ventilation, but neglected to put a screen or window in the opening.  So, we now have a barn full of bird nests and birds in the rafters.  They also had problems with the service door and must have simply left it open all the time because the door jamb required lots of work, and repainting, in order to get the door to close and lock properly.
 
They also had 200 sheep and a small herd of goats on the original 240 acres, and would bring them into the barn at times.  How do we know this?  The dirt floor of the barn is no longer dirt -- it's 3" to 6" of solid, dried sheep dung, with lots of goat dropping mixed in, and a pile of old decaying hay mixed into one corner of the barn floor (sigh).  They told us (verbal only - frown on us) that they would clean out the barn, but that didn't happen.  So, there is a LOT of cleanup work to be done, when we get the chance.  We're talking pick-axe kind of work here.
 
There was no power at the barn when we bought the property, so we also trenched and ran a power line from the transformer.  For now, we are using the barn as a storage area for household items that we no longer have room for in the house; garden maintenance items; the tractor, it's implements and maintenance items; and general property stuff such as fence posts, barbed wire, etc.  It's pretty full now, especially when the tractor's in there.  But our older photos of the barn, when it was mostly empty, show off it's interior pretty well.

 

(10-23-99)
The barn, as viewed from the backside, end of the house, about 500 feet away.  The green boxes in the foreground are the electric transformer and meter box.  Being all metal and un-insulated, the barn is very cold in the winter and very hot in the summer.

 

(12-24-99)
Front view of the barn (looking North).  The vertical white 'slit' on the right side of the barn is actually a protruding door jamb for the service door.  We added the outside light when we added power.

 

(12-24-99)
Inside view of the barn, from the front sliding door.  The opening in the far wall is for ventilation, which the Barn Swallows (birds) now use to come
and go as they please.  All of the overhead lights were hung by Don, and you can also see electric outlet boxes on each of the vertical 6 x 6 posts.

 

(12-24-99)
Inside view of the barn, from the back looking towards the front sliding door.  For added stability, Don is also thinking about placing two or three rows of 2
x 10's down the full length of the barn, nailed to the tops of each horizontal rafter beam.

 

(12-24-99)
Looking up at the house from the barn.  This view shows the hill that must be climbed to get back to the house (huff and puff).  Might be a good sled or toboggan hill too!  The part of a building you see behind the barn is the garage.  This view is to the West.

 

(2-11-00)
Here are the new shelves that we built (already stuffed to overflowing) so we could store boxes and other small items off the floor.  The platform was already in the barn and was previously used as a sheep shearing station.  So, we covered it with roofing paper.  Before we built the shelves, Don pick-axed, dug and scraped out a 20 foot by 20 foot area of the dried sheep and goat dung off the floor.  Only 800 square feet to go (sigh).


 


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