In which building the barn is illustrated from beginning to end
Follow along, and see how we grew our very own barn!
In January, 2009 on this blog I posted a plan . The plan showed an aerial photo of Haiku Farm, and included our notes about where things were, and where new stuff needed to go.
In early 2010, we were able to start adding the most important building of all: the barn.
Jim dug the hole, using Tootles the Tractor.
(Tootles is for sale now, by the way. Anybody wanna buy a friendly blue tractor?)
After the hole was dug, we added gravel. Lots of gravel!Noble Panels, a manufacturing company based in Oregon.
We bought the frame through our local farmer's co-op, rather than directly from the manufacturer because the purchase price is the same, but the co-op gives us a 10% rebate on all purchases at the end of the year. Our 2011 rebate is going to be a big 'un!
The panel pieces are heavy! That's good, of course. We didn't want a flimsy, lightweight barn. But it took two or three of us + Tootles to move most of the panels into place.
(I can't imagine actually taking apart our temporary structure anytime soon, though!)
That's how we knew to use 4x4's to support the rafter while it was being bolted.
January 1, 2011: raising the roof!
We must've used up our sunshine quota for that day, because we haven't seen much of it since then.
The frame was up, the roof was up. The next step: make some walls.
The final building:
It's simple. It's basic. And it's finished!
Well, almost finished. We still have to attach some gutters and do a little bit of "finishing details". But functionally, it's done at last.