Our friend has, over his life of many projects, reclaimed barns for historical sites and has saved more than a few of our structures here at the Homestead.
He is a true master of this sort of "thinking outside the box" carpentry.
In a throwaway world, where anything that is not deemed extraordinary falls into the "Teardown" category, we have found that we save 30 to 40 percent of the cost of a new building by repairing an old building. And we end up with a structure that is full of character, history and usefulness.
|This is a framing style referred to as "balloon" framing. It has no posts to get in the way of hay storage.|
By the way, I found out recently that this hay barn was built at the turn of the century from recycled lumber out of a Grange Hall that had been torn down! If these old boards could tell their story...
A few inches a month, for nine months pulled the "Board and Batten" East wall up out of the dirt.
Then the sill plate and footings were replaced and the rotten wall edge was trimmed off and tin put in to keep the water and mud out and away from it all.
This is what Hank found when he moved a lot of junk and pulled up some boards to see what was going on. Look at the dirt right up to the floor. The log that was the support for the East wall had completely disintegrated.
This was the South East corner of the barn. This is the results of decades of dripping rain from the roof line. There were no gutters on this side of the barn until we put some on it. It was also the uphill side, which means it received more than it's share of rainy Oregon runoff from the hill above it.
If you ever build a barn, don't build it at the bottom of a hill.
Now we just need to give it a coat of paint.
There is talk about inclosing the addition to the barn to put in a proper wood shop. We'll see about that. Until then,