A Huge Job Awaits in the Barn Renovation Project
I recently had a good long look of the barn and took my camera along. I spent most of my time downstairs in the stalls and the milking parlor.
While I am totally looking forward to renovating this old barn and making it a productive dairy again with cows & sheep, I am somewhat intimidated by what a huge undertaking this is going to be.
Most of our time has been focused so far on the garage and fields, so the barn renovation won’t be taking place just yet. Enjoy the photos and I’ll have more progress on the barn project when it begins.
Lots to clean up
Whomever had the barn before us wasn’t exactly the neatest tenant so we have lots of trash to clean up. Luckily the Essex Transfer Station (or the Dump) is fairly close by. The other plus is that there is a lot of well-aged straw and dried manure to compost.
There is a cement section out the back of the barn that would be the perfect spot to push all this to with a skid steer or other plow implement. I plan on building a rustic structure with a tin roof to house our giant compost pile.
Lots to fix up
Broken windows, rotting boards, sagging supports – you name it and we pretty much got it. For me fixing a broken window is not a huge task but with this barn all of those little tasks sure do add up!
Plus I’m always thinking about the future. Do I plan on fixing a window for example in the milking parlor if that section ultimately becomes like cheese cave where no light should enter? I’d hate to do double the work.
It’s those kind of conundrums that I’m faced with on a weekly basis.