This 'Old House' Barn Restoration Project

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This was the old shed and chicken coup.  We think the roof dates back to about 1930.  

It was rusted metal now and even the squirrels fell through unexpectedly from time to time. All those good tools were rusting in the winter.  

Time for just a "little roof repair".

First step - take off the old roof.  Not much holding this one up, so this stage of the project goes fast.

John has been famous for his controlled mess, visible just inside the door.

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recycle.jpg (65015 bytes) What a great excuse to use the lawn tractor for some real farm work.  

All this went to recycle - even got about $50 for the old aluminum roof and siding from the carport which had been dismantled around 1988.

What's a barn without a cupola?  Here some of the old barn wood is recycled back into a custom design.  

The WEB provided a lot of detail, saving time from even trying to find one in California.

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AllStuffOutside.jpg (58120 bytes) Now it's time to clean up.  Everything goes outside and can't go back until it has a home. Ever do that to your 'garage stuff?  Note - new wood siding had to be purchased.

The clean up goes fast with some extra help.  Note the use of a shovel to do the majority of the work.

Our garbage man worked extra hard for a few weeks.

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JoTools.jpg (79164 bytes) A place for everything - and Jo means business.  Here she is with the "gardening section", which of course is way to big compared to the "woodworking section".

What an appropriate time to get out the old Vessing Orchard sign and install it in a place of honor. It had been in the back of the barn when we moved in.  

The cupola has weathervane with a duck motif.

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Master.jpg (69625 bytes) Now the master carpenter has a dry and clean place to work.  

Jo says it's only fitting to dress appropriate for the setting.  Just remember to keep your tie clear of the saw.

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