Thursday, July 24, 2014

A Barn Update

We have been working on the barn every minute that we can. Our goal was to finish it before Kipton's birthday, but that just wasn't enough time.

 We ran out of wood so we ordered more from the saw mill, so that set us back 1 week. We saved half of what it would have cost if we would have bought our lumber from Lowes. We were very pleased with our wood. 

Last night Kevin built the chicken coop door.

He has never built a barn before, but my dad has given him pointers and helped him along the way. He is always willing to learn. I am so thankful for that.

I was nominated to do the painting on the outside. My mom helped me a while, and it was appreciated because it was a lot of painting. The paint we chose was black barn and fence paint from Tractor Supply.

Once it gets on your skin, there is no getting it off.

The boys, were covered :)

I got three big walls finished. Then it rained, and splashed mud up all around the bottom. I was so upset, and then Kevin reminded me that it is just a barn. :)

This is the stall we also finished today. Going into the chicken coop area.

We decided to put wire on the top to give them a good breeze. We have to be VERY careful to make everything raccoon proof. I wanted to make it all wire, but it is just too risky. We are very cautious about every part of building due to the raccoons we have here in WV.

We always have helping hands. The boys LOVE work. 

When I told Kipton to wish on his birthday cake, he wished out loud to go to work. :) 
That's just how much they love work.

The sure do get it from their daddy. He just works and works. 

We have been waiting to tear down our old chicken coop. Now is the time. Kevin sold it on Facebook, and it's bittersweet but we are happy to have this nice area for chickens, and goats, and some cows. 

Our next step is to build the roof.

This step may take a while. We are doing a TIN roof, and have to order it. Before we can order we have to build the roof  with wood. I'm not exactly sure of what the plan is on that, but I know Kevin and my dad have all the details planned out.

Kevin has fell off the roof once during this project. He's also scheduled to have a small outpatient surgery next Thursday. We may be at a stand still on the barn for a while, but that's OK. He needs time to rest and heal. Please keep him in your prayers.


Teresa @ Simply Farmhouse said...

I love seeing it all coming together for you all. What big helpers you have. The boys look like they are enjoying it. Aw sorry about the fall.
I will be keeping Him in my prayers.

That is the way it is around here..things take time. But I love seeing the updates when they come.

Blessings Teresa

Kathy Shea Mormino said...

What an impressive undertaking! I can't wait to see it when it's finished.

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Kathy Shea Mormino
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