The Barn Report

We are slowly, ever so slowly, making progress.  And I apologize if I sound ungrateful or impatient – it’s just been a long, arduous process of late and we are desperately in need of a break.  Just one weekend to sleep in, have breakfast in bed, maybe read the New York Times and work on the crossword off and on all day. You know, like we used to do in the old days… before we decided to turn our lives upside down and start up a farm.

But as I said, progress has definitely been made.  The barn posts and trusses are in place and have passed inspection.  Framing is starting and some of the concrete was poured last week.  The metal was ordered today and it sounds like we may have a finished barn in about two weeks!  That will be exciting.  And then it is on to the next project – framing the interior spaces inside and setting up our solar panels which we will be doing ourselves.

Photos of site clearing and leveling:

Large clump of trees to the right is what the building site looked like before we built the road or cleared for the barn and house

Larger clump of Douglas Fir trees to the right is what the building site looked like before we built the road or cleared for the barn and house

Barn and house site after road installed

Barn and house site after road installed

Taking out the trees.  It seemed like there were about 30 trees, but it was only fifteen.

Taking out the trees. It seemed like there were about 30 trees in there but it turned out to only be fifteen.  All are being limbed and stripped to use as round timbers for our passive solar cob and timber home. The limbs are being chipped and added to the sod scraped from the site along with some liquid fish to start compost piles.  The trunks and roots left after cutting the trees down will go into large hugelkultur beds.

leveling site

Moving dirt from the high side to the low side.

leveling and compacting

Leveling and compacting

Barn site graveled and compacted. Lumber and trusses standing at the ready.

Barn site graveled and compacted. Lumber and trusses (and Magpie of course) standing at the ready.

Posts set and trusses going into place.

Posts set and trusses going into place.

Taking shape

Taking shape

Having some semblance of a structure on the site sure makes a big difference.  The site doesn’t look quite as desolate as it did when we first cleared it.

concrete pad

concrete pad

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About La Femme Farmer

Starting up a small farm is the goal for the second half of my life. It's a late start I know, but better late than NEVER! Growing food, cooking and eating are my passions and now I get to do it full-time (and then some). and yes, that's a tomato from my garden!
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4 Responses to The Barn Report

  1. DM says:

    great pictures! This is the sort of stuff I do for a living (especially concrete, framing and metal buildings) so I enjoyed the pictures a lot 🙂

  2. Thanks DM – hope you have a chance to see the next post – would LOVE any feedback on the curtain drain you might have.

  3. It looks fantastic! I’m going to enjoy seeing the progress pictures.

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