Thursday, May 5, 2011

The Barn We Built

It's a 33 x 24 barn on a concrete slab. It's built entirely by us, family, and friends, but especially my Dad. We haven't gotten in any hurry, we just work on it when we can.
I'm proud we built it ourselves and for very little because we used reclaimed lumber whenever we could. After Hurricane Rita, damaged fencing was everywhere so we helped cleanup and reused the fence pickets to clad the barn! I still need to finish the trim. 
I like the way it looks like it's been here a long time. I enjoy crafts and making things like birdhouses, signs, shelves, so it's great.
It has the usual stuff like a workbench and storage area, but I want it to look and feel like a rustic lodge. There's a beer light hanging over Derick's pool table, his dart board in the corner, and deer horns all over the place. I also want to use some salvaged corrugated tin I have as wainscoting, add a couple of rustic tables, hutch for a tv, and some comfy outdoor furniture. The downstairs is my husband's "man cave". It will also be a great place for parties and family get-together's. We plan to attach a funky outdoor bath/greenhouse later, and we're almost finished with a guest apartment upstairs. See more pictures of the apt here - "The Hayloft".

View from the back with the guest house over it. It looks out into the woods behind us.

I have a little workbench for my crafts, my scrollsaw is on the left just out of view.

I have salvaged corrugated tin, I'm thinking of using it like wainscoting on the lower part of the wall below the windows and putting barn wood on the top part. If I have enough tin I might put it on the ceiling too. I saw that done at the Hideaway Ranch and Retreat headquarters building. Very cool.

 Playing pool and darts in the evenings.
Randy Micheals & Sam Darling
& Frank Long entertained us.... Miss them Montana guy's.....

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