BARN! and NEW PORCH!!!!

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We have so much going on around here! We finally have our barn going up and at the same time we have a contractor putting a screened porch the whole length of the house, 54' long by 12' wide. And our DD called this evening and they found church pews for $75 and wanted to know if we wanted one. Yup. And can we use our truck and trailer to go get ours (and theirs?) :lol: So they got 2, we got 1, and it is on our new porch.

We have been collecting materials for a barn for quite some time. We thought we would put it up on land we used to have, but decided to move so we could be close to our DD and family. :love So we finally got all our stuff moved up here from our old place.

http://www.theeasygarden.com/threads/barn-poles.17498/
And we started cleaning up a place big enough for a barn on our new place. Pictures of that are on page one of my hugelculture thread.

http://www.theeasygarden.com/threads/hugelculture-bed.17846/
The place we are putting the barn dips down to a low spot and needed dirt. So we called our friendly dump truck dirt guy and ordered 4 loads. DH is like a little boy with a dirt pile and Tonka trucks and equipment to play in all that dirt with.



That wasn't enough, so we ordered 3 more loads of lovely dirt. Our horses played in the dirt like little kids. They climbed the dirt piles, pawed at the dirt, chased each other around the dirt piles and bucked and kicked. They had a blast. Who knew? All this time we just needed a dirt pile for the horses! We smoothed down the first 3 loads with our tractor and let the horses play in load #4. Our hay guy, Russell brought his big tractor for the other 3 loads and put them where he wanted them. He worked Saturday on dirt and getting the batten boards set up (boards and string that get the site squared up to set the poles). Today he and his friend Tim started setting poles. My husband worked all day out there with them today and yesterday.



You can see the batten boards in this picture, this is a corner pole. The corner poles took the longest! They had to be spot on, straight up, and perfectly in place.



Here's another corner pole going up! They used that pipe sawhorse to get the pole positioned and chained to the tractor.



Tim has the level on the side of the pole, Russell and DH are supervising. When Tim called it level, DH shoveled dirt in the hole, Russell tamped the dirt around the pole and Tim held the pole steady until there was enough dirt tamped around it to hold it up. Then before they unchained the pole, they drove pointed 2x4's in the ground and nailed long 2x4's from the stake to the pole on 2 sides to hold the pole in place.

Today they got the 4 corner poles set and 2 poles on one side. The barn will be 36'x36' with six 12' stalls. One of them will be closed in and floored for a feed/tack room. Allowing for the size of the poles, the alley will be about 11' wide. We are excited to get our barn started! The poles range from 18' to 22' tall. After all the poles are set, they will be measured and cut to 12' tall.
 

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Now for the porch pictures! We pass by a doublewide on our way to town that has been remodeled and really made to look nice. So one day we stopped to admire their porch and ask who did it. Well, the lady told us, her husband built the porch and he is a contractor and builder. He came out and started the bid process. After my husband's expert negotiations, the price got down to what we were happy with and construction began. They started the Monday before Thanksgiving.







Since Thanksgiving was upon us, they laid down 2x6's so we could at least walk on them to get in and out of the house.


Monday after Thanksgiving, it rained, like it had been raining all weekend. So they came Tuesday and made a lot of progress. They laid all the deck boards down without nailing them in place. A few key boards were screwed in place to hold the other boards in place. There was one guy cutting, and 1 measuring and 1 laying the boards in place. The contractor had an extension on his drill that fed screws to it. He walked along, pressing the extension on the marked lines and screwing the boards down. It took him about 30 minutes to do the whole deck. Everything this guy does has to be perfect. Everything has to be exact. Every measurement has to be right and the whole porch is perfectly square. It is sturdy, well built and if a tornado comes, we'll be in the dirt under the porch!






By Friday afternoon, they had the roof decked, tar paper rolled out and a few courses of shingles started. They will be back Monday to finish shingling the roof. There are 3 sets of steps, one on each end and one in the middle. The set of steps on the left, closest to the carport is inset in the porch. That way we won't be running over them backing out of the carport.




They will build a partial wall around the porch and then screens to the top. We can't wait for it to be finished! When they went to lunch on Friday, I dragged two rockers out of the storage building and we put them on the porch. We sat and rocked on our porch, thoroughly enjoying ourselves.
 

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Well, the storm last weekend dumped a LOT of rain in a very short time, spawned tornadoes that waltzed through town spreading destruction. My rain gauge overflowed at 5", a neighbor's rain gauge went to 6" and overflowed. So we probably got between 7" to 10". Our lovely dirt pad for the barn got rearranged. We lost at least a 14 yard load. There was a large hole at one corner of the barn that is now filled in. Dirt washed out in a thicket, no way to reclaim it. We had planned to use cinder blocks and concrete blocks to hold the dirt in place, but who saw this coming??

Yesterday DH and I went to Lowes and bought cinder blocks. Today our neighbor Robert came over to help repair the mess. We scooped dirt, tractored dirt and leveled dirt. We ran a string so we would get the cinderblocks straight. I plopped down in the almost mud and placed the blocks. On one corner, we ran a double stack because of the elevation drop.

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It might not look like much, but it is a start to secure the durn dirt pile. We have another load coming tomorrow to replace what washed away. Here is the now filled in hole and the light streak in the brush is our dirt! There was a big drop off at this corner.

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Saturday Russell and Tim are coming to work on the barn. I can't wait!
 
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