Been absent from the forum for a while. Working on 4 acres of abandoned snake and skunk habitat . Any way some people had asked what I had been up to. Got the barn outside done this year. Pics below of Old barn from when I first bought the place 2 years ago. Then stripped with new roof, and now what it looks like today. 3 stalls will be on the inside, with opening to the back that will have an acre split into 3 lots for rotational grazing. The side will be open now for tractors and the like. Anyway pictures for those who want to see them. Starting the greenhouse now just 10x12 but is being an adventure in itself.
Will be a board and batten wood walls with the metal roofing strips at the bottom. I have done this in the past and find the metal wrapping really helps with the rain splash back from the ground. Wood was cut from a localish sawmill , right now letting the first boards hang and dry out. Will go back and put the batten on probably the end of summer 2019. Nothing living inside it right now anyway , so nothing to mind the draft. Also since I am doing all the work myself gives me a break from hammering for a few months. Ha ha
Thanks guys! No animals right now. Just moved to the new place. Will have chickens , rabbits and American guinea hogs for sure. I already grow 90% of my own vegetables so time to add meat to the menu in 2019. If people like this post Ill be sure to put up other projects.
On a side note smoking a cob full of VA flake while building your own barn. One of the best ways to smoke a cob. Straw hat and overalls are optional but I highly suggest it . The combination provides excellent smoking experience.
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Had some days off so started on the seed starting house. trying to use what I had from other projects, which means bent posts and lots of digging. First 2 days was in the 30s 3rd day rained and turned everything into mud, 4th day was 65 degrees and wind. Weather didn't let me get it done but a good start.
First picture is after digging the foundation and setting posts. Also "Bandit" always inspecting my work.
Walls and rafters
Then the bottom wrapped. I also got the roof panels on , but guess I didn't take a picture with that.
So now just do the front, put the panels on the upper walls, build a door, brick the floor , build tables, gutters, rain barrels, grow out boxes, and dozens of other things.
Post by Lady Margaret on Dec 3, 2018 19:42:24 GMT -5
She came in with a smile and a pipe. A study of contradictions, she seemed to understand more than most. Eyes shining with humor and a comforting, easy to talk to demeanor. She was a goddess in mortal skin. She raised a glass and said, "Confusion to the memory of Newton."
Finally got a weekend day without pouring rain so got to get a little more done.
Have it fully wrapped now, and the door on. Still have to build the vent covers, put the corners on where the jagged metal meet, dig a better entrance ramp, fill in around the bottom a few inches, general filling cracks and insulating. Then the whole inside then water catchment off the back, and some hardening off window boxes on the side. Then finish the barn with any time left before I need to get back planting.
Happy New Year! Been very busy in my neck of the woods, has been raining every day so that has been making it harder. Not much worth taking pictures of.
Projects now include clearing another section on the back of my property, finding the old fence and getting it cleared off for some planting in a few months.
The pictures are of the section I boxed off. I do the majority of this work at night with a head lamp and various sickles . Marking out where to go and stop makes it just easier in the dark.
The supervisor Bandit is always on duty. Cant get anything past him.
Greenhouse has had very little progress, I have a place I am going dumpster diving for old discarded brick . Once I get that I can do the floor. With all the rain it is pointing out the draining issues. So I dug basically a French drain type thing. Have some pea gravel from another place they want removed, Good thing I am experienced with a shovel. Going to fill the drain with the gravel and then do stone work around the top.
The BIG news that I am excited about is Saturday the 5th I will be picking up rabbits. Stumbled into a deal I cant really pass up, so being 0% ready for rabbits to 100% ready for rabbits in 5 days has been an adventure. I was able to take off a 12ft section of barn roof to add a clear panel so a bunny skylight. I have the cages built, they are secure but need to add more support. Also still need to build boxes/nesting boxes. Will need outdoor rabbit "tractor" type things for spring but that will have to wait right now.
Back to the paying job today to rest up honestly . Days off about kill me!