It’s finally happening. Our barn project in the Pasture begins! Aside from moving on to our land, our biggest dream has been to have a barn/woodworking shop. Getting chickens and cows was up there too, but we’ve wanted a barn/woodworking shop since way before we even found this land.
We’ve looked at lots of barns. Metal barns are great, but also expensive. We thought we’d be waiting longer before taking on this project. But 1) we’re not getting any younger and this will be the most ambitious project we ever complete, and 2) once hubby started doing even the simplest woodworking with scraps of wood and our Christmas compound miter saw, well, barn fever struck again.
We decided to go with a pole barn because it was a project we could build ourselves. We already knew exactly where we want to build the barn. It will have easy access to water and electricity and be convenient for hauling in lumber and feed, etc. We’ll eventually have to move the little shed that came with the property before we can complete this project. (But that’s a whole other project. UGH!)
We started out by measuring out the dimensions and marking the ground with paint. We ran string lines and marked the location of the post holes for the back wall. Thankfully, our neighbors let us borrow their tractor and auger.
We dug eight holes this first day and poured concrete to create a footer.
We decided to stop there with the digging. It’s not the easiest thing in the world to get everything perfectly square when you’re dealing with just string lines. It didn’t help that it was really windy and no matter how tight your string is, it was still a moving target . We thought it would be a little easier once we had that first row of posts installed to make sure everything is lined up straight and perfectly square.
That was the end of our first barn project workday. I hope you’ll keep joining along the way with the project. We’re so excited about it and look forward to sharing it with you every step of the way.
Until next time, worms rock, bees rules and chickens are my Zen.
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