Reviving the Barn - It Begins

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...

BARN - PROGRESS UPDATE

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

Getting somewhere...

Bill from Byrne Design in Chester is the Best!

Bill from Byrne Design in Chester is the Best!

Architect Handwriting is just so cool....

Architect Handwriting is just so cool....

This old Green Barn Light is going on the Front Porch

This old Green Barn Light is going on the Front Porch

JULY 2018 Update

(AS PER CHRIS' BLOOD, SWEAT & BEERS)

AND HERE IS CHRIS' PERSONAL VIDEO TOUR IF YOU WANT MORE TECHNICAL DETAILS.

DOGS & RENOVATING/MOVING

Taking a minute to post a little about Stew and Luce and the joys of Moving with Dogs. Stew and Luce have both moved before so they knew the drill. But they are older now, more set in their ways. They already had to endure Evie's arrival last year and the wrath of her tail pulling. So the past few months of us Packing, Moving thing Out, Driving them to the New House on weekends, Sitting in Crates or quarantined off in rooms for protection from nails and screws and paint definitely got to them. 

So here is a little tribute to the trials and tribulations of Stew the Doxie/Terrier Guarddog & Luce the Blue Nose Pitbull Seacow. 

#1. The Dogs Hate the Car...  like HATE. Stew usually throws up 20 minutes in (no matter what) and Luce has to sit in your lap or have her whole head out the window. Not safe. We had to take them to the New House because we Rented, and the owner was trying to sell. The realtor scheduled showings which is hard with a baby, but even harder with dogs... when you are trying to renovate and get into the New House. There were quite a few weekends we had to take them along while we painted. They didn't love it and perhaps not the best introduction to their New Home. But it happened. 

#2. No Fence. YET. We had a fenced in yard at the Rental. I actually had it fenced in for safety and my sanity. I only had to fence in the 2 front sections to connect wit the neighbors' existing fences. We had just been going up and down 3 flights of stairs 3x a day in the city and I was dreaming of the day to just open the back door.. It was Bliss. Until they both escaped into the neighbors yard to eat the cat food he fed the strays... I definitely won't miss Old Man Bill. 

We are putting a fence at the New House, but that comes after the Barn is finished and I figure out finally what I want in terms of style and location. We will get there. Soonish. 

#3. Nature. As in new smells, new sounds, new neighbor dogs, ticks (so far we removed them immediately so no worries there, and we check them to make sure Evie doesn't ever get one from them). All big adjustments for City Dogs who became semi suburban dogs to basically "the Country" as my Dad likes to call it. 

Now that we officially moved, the dogs are settling in. Working out the kinks, like forgetting potty training, tick removals & refusing to sleep in their own beds. But we are working through it. Everyone just needs to get comfortable. 

From the look of it I think they are getting there.