It’s Starting to Look Like a Farm!

The barn roof and gutters went up this past week.  Things are really starting to take shape.

This is the view from the top of the hill.  Magpie is vole hunting.

This is the view from the top of the hill. Magpie is vole hunting.

This is the view coming up the driveway

This is the view coming up the driveway

Looking at the barn from the southwest you can see the widow's peak detail

Looking at the barn from the southwest you can see the widow’s peak detail

We chose a light color (light stone) for the roof because they are more energy efficient and help reduce global warming.  The vented polycarbonate ridge cap lets a lot of natural light inside the barn, cutting down on our electricity needs.  The south side of the barn (which includes the chicken coop) will have eavelights* for the same reason.

No - that is not the world's longest fluorescent light tube, it's a polycarbonate ridge cap!

No – that is not the world’s longest fluorescent light tube, it’s a polycarbonate ridge cap!

 The rough-in plumbing and the rest of the concrete are going in next along with siding.  I can hardly wait for the weekend to see the progress made this week.

*We looked into using Hansen Buildings when we thought we would buy a kit and build the barn ourselves, but due to timing/resource issues we decided to have a local builder/supplier do it for us instead.  I do recommend Hansen Buildings’ website though – it is full of great information.  I went through several barn layouts with them before we made the decision to hire it out instead. Their customer service is outstanding if you are in the market for a pole barn kit.

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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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8 Responses to It’s Starting to Look Like a Farm!

  1. DM says:

    Love it when a plan comes together. 🙂

  2. I know once we are out there full-time we probably won’t even notice the barn, but seeing it come to life little by little on the weekends is so much fun!

  3. That’s brilliant about the ridgecap. I have to get our barn roof redone in the near future, I’ll have to remember this.

    • It lets an amazing amount of light in even now with low light and grey skies. I’m so thrilled I had read about them online. My contractor knew what they were when I asked him to put one in but said I was his first customer to have one installed. I think he’ll be installing more of them now that he has seen one in action. Sooo worth it.

  4. Eumaeus says:

    beautiful structure and setting

  5. Thanks – we are so looking forward to seeing it completed [hopefully] this week (fingers crossed)!

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