Progress on Horse Barn

Pictures from top to bottom:

First picture is of all four stalls looking down the hallway from the end stall which will be an open area.

Second picture is showing one of the stalls and the front wall.

Third picture is showing the barn roof from the roof of the art cottage next to the barn. The red roof area is where the hay is stored in the horse barn.

The fourth picture shows where the corner of the barn roof ran into the art cottage roof so I modified the corner of the barn roof to fit over the art cottage roof.

So far the barn is made of eight small sections. Once the overhang area is completed there will be 12 small sections each under 200 ft.²

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Barn roof on!

As you can see our opaque white roof is on now. I used Suntuf opal white roofing panels which I made of poly carbonate, which allows light to come through but not as intensely as a clear roof would. It’s a beautiful soft white glow inside.

Next we will put in the stall walls and doors and then the overhang that will extend out beyond the stalls.

I’m so glad to get the roof done. On the bright side, I burned a lot of calories up there the last few weeks.

My brand spanking new yellow scaffold!

A girl and her tools! Ha ha.

The scaffold is helping me feel much safer as I work up on the roof. I can stand slightly above my work and it’s easier on my arms, wrists, hands, and shoulders.

And it’s yellow!

This scaffold cost $199 at Lowe’s home improvement center. The same amount I would have paid to rent the same scaffold from Home Depot for one week.

Rooftop construction yoga

When I’m on the roof, moving from Crosspoint to Crosspoint, carefully avoiding falling through the open squares, I find myself moving very slowly and very deliberately.

Then, reaching out, balancing with an outstretched leg, driving a screw just so into the boards, reminds me of holding a yoga pose.

It’s really quite enjoyable being up on top of the roof bones. I feel alive and strong. But the next day I am so sore; especially if I push myself with candy fuel to continue on for hours past my initial fatigue.

I finally have all the bones in place, however, and will start to put on the white opaque sheath which will keep the barn dry inside.

I love how the structure looks before the roof is finished. All of the lines in such a rhythmic pattern are very pretty.

Basking at the end of the day.

I was so frustrated around 1 o’clock this afternoon because I had no energy! I called my daughter Melanie and talked to her about it and she suggested I might not be consuming enough calories. When I looked, I decided that must be true because for the last few days I had only been eating about 1200 cal a day. So I went to the health food store and bought some gluten-free brownies.  I decided to not worry about my no sugar stars and just get some energy so I can finish this barn!

I ate four brownies and two slices of Munster cheese and drank some Kombucha. This added up to 900 cal.  After that I worked for three straight hours with plenty of energy! 🙂

Then I went in, took a hot bath and went straight to bed! I was so tired I couldn’t eat any more vegetables LOL. Total calories for the day, around 1200 still. My breakfast was only 300.

Phase 2 – The Stalls

The three sections on the left will be stalls with a walk-through area between the stalls and the hey Barnes. The section on the far right we will be a place for tacking up or other barn activities.

Each section is individual and less than 200 ft.². After these I will be building four overhang sections for outdoor shade and cover in front of these four sections.

Taking my rock for a walk, ha ha!

We are putting in a new well because our old well is producing too slowly. While trenching, we came across this beautiful boulder which needed to be removed. We dug all around it creating a pretty good sized hole then used a large metal pole as our lever, against the dirt sides, to loosen the boulder up. After breaking my rope on the first attempt, and having three ropes slip off on the second attempt, we finally placed three main pulling ropes around the rock and then took some twine and wrapped that around the main ropes to hold the main ropes on. Success!

Above you can see the trench and the large hole we created while removing the rock. Next is the Toro dingo trencher which worked awesomely.