Tuesday, 21 April 2009

Simply Old


A View From the Green Barn

Things change when you get old. You get leaky, start leaning and need lots of TLC. Hey! I'm talking about my 100 year old barn!

My green barn was built around 1900. It may have been a "Bank Barn" from a Sears and Roebuck catalog that sold for around $500 for all the building materials. It is a loose hay barn, with a basement for animals. There are various pulleys and ropes and ladders that fill it with all kinds of character and mystery. I have room in the basement for two large chicken coops and a triple stall for larger animals, (maybe a couple of pigs next year).

However, I have a few problems. I want my barn to last another hundred years, but am not quite sure how to proceed. The roof leaks and the foundation is crumbling.

I want to do everything "the right way" but that often means a great deal of expense. For what it would cost me to repair the barn, and keep its integrity as an old structure, and seal it up against the weather, I could tear it down and build a larger steel building!

For me, to focus on simple living, I am doing what I need to do to the barn. Right now, I have various tarps keeping the water at bay, and am working to make different areas of the barn usable. I am keeping my eye out for used gutters.

Don't you just love this secret door? What would you like to see when you open it?

Here is an example of water damage.

This is the center beam that holds up most of the structure. It is about 20 inches in diameter, and the post is even larger.

Check out the wavy window.

I would never tear this building down, there is way too much character. However, the list of repairs is endless.

I choose to keep the old boy and do what I can.


Nancy M. said...

It's awesome!

Eilleen said...

Your barn is a beautiful building and I can see why you wouldn't want to replace it!!

The wannabe-renovator in me is just wanting to turn your barn into a beautiful old house so *I* can live in it! haha!

All the best with your little repairs. I am sure you have many a creative solution for the problems you are finding with your old barn.

Greentwinsmummy said...

thats the most beautiful barn,thank goodness it has you to look after it,even if its like most old buildings going to be a running repair thing :o)

A Bite of Country Cupcakes said...

It is a gorgeous barn.
i love old rusty sheds too...each seem to have and tell their own special stories.
Good on you for doing the long yards and looking after

Sue said...

It will be worth it. Those ugly new steel buildings lack any character at all. We are faced with the same problem, and have chosen to save our barn. If you're lucky, you may be able to get a barn-preservation group to help. Its worth a try. Best of luck!

jaz said...

repunsel? spinning straw into gold? if you find her behind that secret door then you could afford to fix that wonderful old barn. so i hope when you peek behind that door you see repunsel or at least about 10 amish guys!

Rabbit Hill Farm said...

You should call "This Old House" they historically refurbish old barns all the time! I agree with you it's a treasure. Best of luck with her.

Kimberly said...

I love the color as well.
Steel may have some advantages, but how much you'd lose.
Love the wavy window.

Kimberly said...

I love the color as well.
Steel may have some advantages, but how much you'd lose.
Love the wavy window.

Saver Queen said...

It's beautiful. I can see why you really want to keep it. Good luck with the repairs!

jaz said...

BTW...if you want to see what is behind my secret door check out my site.


claudia said...

That old barn is beautiful! I love old buildings like that. I hope you can make the repairs, we are losing too many old historical buildings and with those goes the character of the land and people.

Mia's Boys said...

Oh, that barn! What would I give for a door like that? Swoon!

Best of luck with your repairs, and I commend you for refurbishing her beauty instead of tearing it down. I don't know where you live, but perhaps you could find people in or near your community with expertise who would barter or trade services ~ think "barn raising" but call it "barn saving"!

Throwback at Trapper Creek said...

Gorgeous! You almost had me with the old and leaky comment ;)

The barn is lucky to have you.

Anonymous said...

How wonderful to keep the old girl going and to put value on her place in the world. Do what you can and know it is a job of work that is worth your time and effort.
cheers for the gorgeous old work horse.

Cathy1281 said...

My grandfather has a red barn nearly identicial to yours! To look at the beams, I swear I am standing in his barn. This past summer he had someone redo the foundation/walls as the stonework was crumbling. It did lose some character by taking the stonework away, but with luck we'll still have it around for another 100 years! Good luck with your restoration!

Brenda@CoffeeTeaBooks said...

I love old barns. We have many in our area of the Midwest.

Your barn is beautiful.

Liquid EPDM said...

Bran is really awesome.. I like it specially its coloring is very attractive..