Saturday, January 15, 2011

Barn Raising! Lots of Pics!

 Today's mission: See how much we can get done on the barn today.

We have lumber for the Trusses.

We have barn siding.  ( It smells so good!)
We  have the tin roof.

We have the bare bones that DH and I have been working on for the past 2 weeks.
This is the little pickup that has put in more miles, hauling stuff for the barn, with a borrowed trailer.

We also have a balmy 25 degrees F!
Our buddy is a roofer, so he put the Trusses together for us.

The first Truss going up!
Going along nicely.
Last Truss being lifted in place.   Time for lunch!
We had a good sized group out to help us.  We were 6 people in all, so I made a baked pasta dish, being prepared in the picture.  Layers of Penne pasta mixed with sauce and mozzarella cheese.  Stick it in the oven at 350 for about an hour.  Serve with salad, bread and sweet ice tea.  Yum!
After lunch, they started putting on the siding.  We chose barn siding that we can get from a local mill.  It was the same price as the shed siding and looks so much better!  It will last alot longer too!
Here is the first wall done,
and the second.
Then, as one crew started on the other long side of the barn, our roofer went on top and started putting on the tin.
Then it was a race to see which team would finish first.  They were racing each other, and the sun!  ( That is DH on the ladder.)
Here is the last picture I was able to take.  I was very quickly running out of sunlight.  The 2 teams finished within minutes of each other, and just as the light was really failing!  We had just enough light to put the tools away. 

We were able to exceed our wildest expectations.  We finished the siding on 3 sides, except for the triangle space under the roof, and we got the roof on too!  On the front of the barn there will be a large double door, so that will have to be built.

 Mission accomplished!

It is now time for a hot bath and a bite to eat.  I think we will sleep like babies tonight.  Many thanks to our great team of friends, most of them from a small group that DH has been meeting with weekly for years.

I will keep you up with our progress, 
Until next time, Happy Weaving, Tina


  1. Wow, I can't believe how much you all accomplished today! It is looking great!

  2. Yeah! Sides up and under is good! We sure did miss you today, but I'll get your presents to you soon.

  3. WooHoo the barn is begun and moved so quickly it will be officially finished before you know it! congratulations to you both and a huge round of cyber applause for those that helped you get 'r done. :)

    denise/deBRAT who only reads about barn raisings and has no idea how far I'd need to drive before I even saw a barn in my neighborhood

  4. Better get that red paint ready! You guys are a force with getting that together. Looks beautiful. It will be a fine barn.

  5. Yay! What a team! If any of that team is half as energetic as you, it's no wonder it's almost done. I sure missed you at the center, though!