We've come a long way!
Derick thought I was crazy when I told him I thought that with my Dad's help we could build a barn with a sweet loft apt above it for cheap, using as much salvaged materials as I can scrape up. I lovingly call him 'left-brain' because he's about the least visual person I know. My description of a barn clad in used fence pickets, a roof of rusty tin salvaged from the hurricane Rita clean-up, and hay loft decorated with junk to make a guest quarters.... well let's just say he did not see my vision!
He eventually relented and trusted me though, and we started building our barn. It's a good size (24' x 33'). We decided to position it in the very back of our property, and fix up the loft for overnight guests. The barn has the usual stuff like a workbench and tools but also has a pool table and dart board so it's a multi-purpose barn! It's a great place for parties. It's been slow going but we're getting there. We've had many starts and stops for one reason or another time is an issue but most usually it's money. I've had to remind left-brain often that I said cheap - not free. Here's some pictures taken through-out the different phases of construction. You can click the pictures to enlarge them.
|16 4" x 6" treated posts|
|The cement truck was scheduled to arrive early while these nice shadows cast across our foundation|
|It arrived 3 hours late on this 100 degree day - we almost died!|
|We saved money buying the pink studs. The pink thing will become the loft.|
The kids and even the neighborhood kids helped
|The buzzards enjoy sitting on it, check-out the shadow I caught on the wall.|
|The rusty corrugated tin I got for free looks good|
The entrance to the loft is in the back of barn facing undeveloped woods behind our property
It was always in my plans, to build a guest space/art studio.
|The work was/is really hard this is the vision of the loft apt I made at Autodesk kept me motivated.|
|Most paint websites have online virtual painter's to see wall paint choices|
I had help the sheetrock and some of the taping and floating
I did the bathroom tile work myself, not bad for no experience.
And finished the floating and sanding myself
|We could never have done it without my Dad's help.|