After a crazy week and finalizing inspections it is time to circle back on lists and to-dos. While I am raring to get started on building the farm prep area out in the barn there are a multitude of little projects in the way. Most of them are time sensitive.
L is the project queen while I am that guy who will work till he can’t anymore and leave tools laying about in the garage because I am unfinished with the project or too tired to include putting things away as part of the work at hand. (I’m working on it – Bill and DM please don’t judge me too harshly!)
Whiteboard sessions get us both on the same page but don’t happen as often as needed… Given the amount of time we spent on the farm this week we are hunkered down this weekend planning.
Note”Martinis” on the 22nd. We are spending our anniversary on the farm. I have a plan, we’ll see how it works out.
I got up early to whip up some homemade bagels. Planning days have an upside. I wooed L with this brunch 9 years ago.
This whiteboard covers our barn buildout and layer coop thoughts including small grain bin under shed on the east wall.
Where the water and electricity go is important to understand before things get framed in. Also what appliances we need on hand is critical so I can frame to size and position outlets and gas connections in the right spot.
We spent a lot of time looking for info on 4ft fire resistant doors, BTU outputs, nest box ideas, and exterior lighting options.
For heating the 540 sqft space it seems like a propane wall heater might work in case of a power outage. If we should go off grid electric would be too high a load on a small battery bank.
Most of this needs to get done in December through early February. It seems hard to book it until we have some of the details in hand but I can start working on lumber estimates and figure out some of the tricky stuff like code requirements for putting in I-beam joists and distance from propane and water to electrical runs.
But a few things have enough impact on framing that we need to get on them sooner. Anyone know a good place to find a four foot wide door with a fire rating of 20 minutes?
L really wants to spread out planning days in weeknight evenings. I need to suck it up and oblige because a little planning goes a long way.