So in order to same some $$$ and move the project along, Chris jackhammered the Asphalt slab in the Carport section of the barn. He has never jackhammered anything before. But how hard could it be right? Really hard. I actually tried it myself for like 1 minute. That thing is heavy, let alone the arm shaking, leaning it on your leg, sweating for no reason but apparently a big reason....
Our super awesome and patient contractor AJD Builders started the Barn a week or two early. We thought after Labor Day but we got lucky!
Apparently the barn was 6" off level so they had to jack it up. I mean the building is over a 100 years old so give it a break. We should allow it some imperfections.
Then giant thick support beams were put in there to hold up the 2nd floor loft. More Demo, Some support posts and lots of explaining.
It is finally happening!
It feels like its been years but really we moved end of May so its been a few months. But Chris without his workshop is like a bird without a song... or Lucy without her peanut butter filled Kong.
Chris really can't contain his excitement. Once we both got past the large chunk of change that the Barn reno would require, we got happy.
Chris has been documenting the Barn transformation and playing around with Youtube. Check out a few of his posts if you like to follow along.
Once the Barn is up and running we have a few projects lined up. Looking at you Wagon Wheel Coffee Table! And then will turn our attention back to the house. Because after all the work we did before we moved in, we needed a break. So we took the summer off. And have been living with a nail gun and air compressor in our bedroom just waiting to finish that moulding...
So we have finally made some progress on the Barn, which we are turning into Chris' workshop. The Barn itself is pretty beat. Needs a new floor, new electric, insulation, a door to the carport, etc, etc.
But so far we have Architect Plans to open up the space, a Contractor pending on Final Budget and Timeline and then hopefully we get a barn soon... real soon. (Because Chris needs it ASAP).
Chris has been hard at work ripping up old floor boards and cutting down walls, making sure to carefully save all this awesome really old reclaimed wood. His plan is to open up the space so it is 1 large room, instead of 3, close off the carport section with a garage door, lay a concrete floor and GET TO WORK! Should be easy enough right?
My job is just to get that Poison Ivy down before the Contractors start... Good times.
More Memory Lane Trips: March/April 2018
May 2018 Progress Report
(not much to show here...)
JUNE 2018 Update
JULY 2018 Update
(AS PER CHRIS' BLOOD, SWEAT & BEERS)