This is going to be the “Summer of Progress” and it starts with the barn.
As you may remember, a few years ago, we had a shoddy barn on our property. You could rip it apart. With your hands. When we dismantled it Andy saved a bunch of the still decent plywood to build another barn on the back corner of our property. In the fall of 2010, we started building our “new” barn which you can read more about here and here. and got the barn to a place of being done minus siding. Now in spring 2012 the barn is almost a place of being completed. That is, until we buy a sawmill and build the leans off the side of the barn to house the sawmill – and maybe some chickens.
Why the wait? Well, a few things. The siding was still in the form of standing trees and they weren’t schedule to come down for a while. Then we got married in Spring of 2011. Then comes hay season, gardening, and other house projects like the foundation and retaining wall. Then in fall 2011 comes the felling of the trees and bringing them across the now dormant hayfield, and finally in winter 2012 comes the hiring of a sawyer to cut the logs into lumber. Does that sound exhausting? I swear it was actually pretty awesome.
So why didn’t we just buy siding? For starters the barn has been fully functional since fall of 2010 so siding it wasn’t a rush project (clearly), and for seconds – the siding was free. As in zero dollars. As in, the entire barn to build to date has been under $1,000.
As a reminder, here’s a shot of the barn from when we originally looked at the property almost five years ago, and a similar shot from 2010 after we started the barn (minus a roof and other parts that were finished by the end of fall 2010). It’s a pretty huge change, and only the beginning. You can see more photos of our before and in progress property photos here.
The first thing that needed to be done was to put up the tar paper for weather proofing. Even though you could do this completely before you sided the barn, Andy & Tom Cruise did it as they went for the front, simply because of the angles. For the rest of the barn they will tar paper each side fully before siding.
I got out to the barn a little after Andy had started, but the black is tar paper.
The siding we’re using is 1″ pine, which will weather into a nice gray color. I even got into the pneumatic nailing action. Truth be told, that thing hurts your ears. It’s super loud, so I decided to let the pro’s do their thing and play with the dogs and take photos.
Before all of this, the boys took the metal over to the neighbors who has a machine to bend it. I’m not sure where I was, but I missed this step. Installing flashing correctly is pretty important though. So Andy test fitted it, and nipped and bent it around the edge of the barn to fit snugly and then used aluminum nails to secure the flashing down.
I left for a little while, simply because a few steps explains how the entire day went:
- Cut board
- Nail board
- Pump up scaffolding
- Put up tar paper
- Cut board
- Nail board
- Pump up scaffolding.
In other words, it was the same thing over and over. It was fun coming out though and seeing it continuously getting nicer looking.
Here’s a tip: Do you see how the boards look loose on the bottom? This is because the scaffolding is actually about a foot higher than the boards, and it would be too dangerous to get down and nail them. So, you simply wait until you finish and then nail the bottom on your way down.
While the boys bantered and started made fun of each other as they were measuring, cutting and nailing, the dogs looked at me for some serious play time. Much obliged. So I headed off into the field to throw the “bulb”.
I love barngress, even more than regular progress.