8.11.2011

Patience...

barn renovation
The next few days are going to be so nice that we've decided to shift focus to the exterior of the house while we still can. The exterior of the barn, which is actually two large barns joined together with a small chicken coop in front, needs work. I say that as though it's not completely evident from the photo. Here's our list in random order:
    1. all of the metal signs need to come down (the easiest fix on the list).
    2. the entire barn needs to be shored up, re-sided, and painted. You may remember this lovely (but scary) image of the side of the barn...the back is worse. The image below is our inspiration photo. Wowza.
    3. that overgrown vine? It's a grape vine covering a small building. As much as it pains PRH to cut down a grape vine, we both agree that the location just isn't working out.
    4. the driveway needs to be re-stoned.
    5. all of the barn windows need to be replaced.
    6. the entire roof needs to be replaced and the electricity needs to be re-installed. It's the wrong voltage and gives me a heart attack every time I think about it (don't worry, we have it turned off). We also need to replace non-functioning, hideous barn lights.
    This barn by architect Derek Sanders is our inspiration...clean, minimal foliage, black with white trim, and a single red door.

    barn
    (image above via architect: Derek Sanders)

    So, within the next twenty years, we should have a barn that looks like this. For today, it's #1 and #3. Patience, right?

    11 comments:

    Wolfie and the Sneak said...

    Unless you dig out the roots to that grapevine it will come back, so tell PRH not to be in too much pain. You should prune/train it to just one vine coming up from the ground so it becomes a much better behaved plant.
    also was wondering yesterday if you have hops on the property?

    Abby said...

    I'm so excited for you guys. Seeing these pictures of barns makes me miss Upstate. Good luck with all your projects.

    chattykathy said...

    If you don't want to lose the grape vine, you can take snippets of the vine and use some rooting compound to transplant it somewhere else on your property.

    AbbieBabble said...

    Oh, good luck! I love hearing all about your adventures with this house- makes me want to buy and refurbish an old farmhouse, too!

    Mo Pie, Please said...

    Your house is going to be top drawer, I can tell. I love the black barn house with the red door - SO PERFECT! And at least your grape vine is a grape vine. We have a giant vine of poison ivy growing on the side of our house. This weekend should be fun...

    curlygirlpress said...

    You could probably sell the signage if it's in any sort of decent condition. People seem to go wild for primitives like that (I've had my wild eye on stuff like that occasionally, too!). Gorgeous inspiration barn - that one red door is key. Have fun!

    denese said...

    oh how I love this barn. so much so, that I shared your story here: http://plumlife.typepad.com/plum/2011/08/farmhouse-revival.html

    good luck on your updates and I can't wait to see more!

    best - d.
    post script: don't forget, pink looks good on everyone and everything.

    Laura Jane said...

    I actually let out a gasp when I saw your inspiration. I've been reading your blog for a little while now without commenting, but I've become totally engrossed now in your renovation plans. So excited to see what you do with this place.

    And it's nice to meet you :)

    Jaimie said...

    The red door on that barn in your inspiration photo is fabulous.

    I envy you nice weather. We are getting 105+ heat and no rain in sight.

    sécia said...

    LOVE that black and white barn. The red door is the perfect touch.

    ♥ sécia
    www.petiteinsanities.blogspot.com

    Holly said...

    Our entire backyard fence and several trees were covered with grape vines when we moved in--we also hesitated to cut them down until we realized how they were killing the trees, choking out the chance for any other plants to survive, and provided nice dark cool homes for mosquitos--it took us a weekend two get rid of them all there were so many. But in exchange we have lovely clematis, morning glories, and many other vegetables, herbs and flowers growing unencumbered by all those crazy vines...good luck with unearthing your building. I love to read about your progress and decisions you are making along the way...

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