Wednesday, August 31, 2011

day seven

No photos yet (it's still morning here), but I've been getting a series of phone calls here at work from Bobo at the barn with questions about french doors (which side would you want to open first:  the left or right?) and closet walls and window quotes.  This part of it all is so much fun!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

days five and six

Day five was dry-out day after Hurricane Irene.  Those of us who live in this particular part of the Champlain Valley were really lucky -- we lost power for a couple of hours and rainwater came through an existing hole in the barn cupola (a hole we already knew about, so no surprises!), but it was really just a very rainy and blustery day for us.  Much of the rest of our beautiful state, however, has been devastated -- majors roads have been washed out, houses were swept away, bridges (including some old and beautiful covered bridges) have collapsed, some communities are still cut off from food and water sources, and worst of all, four people have died.  I do so worry about how the state will come through all of this – so many peoples’ livelihoods have been destroyed.

I’d like to think that a barn update will be a distraction from all of that sadness…

The only bit of flooding near us -- on the left to the north and on the right to the east (the Lemon Fair River went over its banks)
Dismantling the upstairs landing so they can redo the staircase (it's too steep right now)
We moved a wall so the kitchen's a bit bigger. 

Saturday, August 27, 2011

day four

'Twas a perfect day:  raspberry picking in the morning, midday nap with Bobo, birthday barbecue with friends on the lake in the evening.  Oh!  And the first vertical framing!

Susan came to see the barn :)

On the left, between the house barn and the 1700's barn, a pile of scrap wood for burning (there will be a bonfire!).  On the right, our first vertical framing!  the laundry/pantry area!

Picking raspberries with Susan and her daughter Louise.

Bbq at Kingsland Bay and then afterwards, badminton and bocce!

Friday, August 26, 2011

days two and three

The platform takes shape! This raised part, on the western side of the barn, is for the bedroom, studio, bathroom, laundry/pantry and kitchen.

we stopped by the barn after work and there it was -- beginning to take shape!

Ben's sitting on the step right outside what will be my studio

This will be the bathroom on the left, the bedroom straight ahead and the laundry/pantry on the right

The kitchen will be on the end of the platform.  The boarded up space to the right will be a big window

Thursday, August 25, 2011

day one

Dismantling:  bathroom, utility room, lights, ducts, big old furnace -- gone!

 Out back (this one's for you, Grampa)

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

In front

Inside (furnace, ducting, florescents, bathroom, utility room and storage room will soon be gone! Husband will stay)

Out back (Adirondacks, Champlain valley, Green Mountains)

Bobo, me, 1700s barn and the Adirondacks beyond

Soon to be home