Ok, I’ve been ignoring writing because there’s been very little happening. Finally I have a *tiny* barn update – part 4.
Where I left off, we had a frame of a barn. It stayed that way forrrrrrrever. We have rolling hills of prairie, and we had the bright idea to put the house and barn on the top of the largest hill. Well guess what? That means you have NO WIND BLOCK. EVER. Wind tends to take roofing panels and turn them in to wind sails. So, we would just *think* about getting out there to put roof panels on, and the “breeze” returned. Day in, day out.
My husband finally got lucky a few early weekend mornings and we got the roofing in! This process took about double the time than the framing.
On days there was just no way the roof was going to be worked on, he was able to get the wainscoting panels in. There was a time or two where the wind was just right and stuck the panels right up against the wall for him and he didn’t need to hold them while screwing them on.
The early morning work sessions were often started by the greeting party of the deer that live somewhere nearby. I am already trying to figure out how to build out adequate fencing for the garden area because these guys are not afraid of us.
After what seemed like a year, the roofing panels are on, but the ridge vents still need to be installed. I think husband was tired of roofing work for awhile because he started on the walls. I’m not complaining! We hope to put the fifth wheel in the barn for winter and just vent out the propane because it’s getting a bit chilly not having skirting to keep better insulation on our temporary house.
I like clean lines. So when I went out to see the progress, and saw the lower panels are not lining up with the wainscoting, I got twitchy. I’ve been telling myself, “it’s just the barn.” We hope to someday replace the gray panels with a stone facade, so that’s my eye on the prize. I also do not like the wall panel color. We ordered it sight unseen and let me just say the computer screen interpretation was sooooooo much better. The kit people wouldn’t send samples, which made me cringe. I hope to repaint, but we will have to see where the budget lays out with the house.
It got worse the closer to the front of the barn he got. At this point, I don’t care as much as I thought I would. I want this barn DONE. (I still care, but I know he’s not adjusting it either.)
It’s going to be a really dark cave inside for awhile, we have not purchased or decided on a window package. CAVE IT IS! I just can’t do any more decisions right now. My brain is on overload with the house.
The excavation is supposed to be happening today, but I haven’t been able to go out and confirm. Kiddo stayed home from school. He was *super sick* this morning at 7:30, and magically better by 9:00. He’s also letting me know how mean I am for not allowing him to go play at Grandma’s, play video games, or get his toys out because he is home sick from school and must rest instead. Tiny house feels so much smaller today, people. Send caramel macchiatos!