I'd been kind of saving this post for the 4th of July. Started writing it a while back, got side tracked and then thought it might be a nice Independance Day Post, but I wasn't able to publish anything for quite some time with Blogger. Let's hope it works now, because I'd like to get this up before July is done and gone!
If you've read our blog for any time, you'll recognize the Burnham Barn. The Burnham Farm is the property where the Round House is, on the other side of the woods from the house and farm where we live. The property surrounding this is what we had to sell last fall. But we kept the Round House, the Barn and about ten acres around it. Our daughter's family bought the Burnham Farm House several years ago and so they live just down the hill from the barn (I'm was actually standing in their yard when I took this picture) This majestic old barn is three stories high. I'm not sure of the height on the high side here, but the length is 82 feet. A few years ago, the roof on the southwest side started to give way. At first it leaked a little bit. Then, of course, left unchecked it got worse. And worse, and worse. Just like a house, when a barn roof starts to leak things below it start to rot away. And the problem just spreads. A dilema. And an expensive fix, especially for folks living on a tightly budgeted fixed income!
We don't use this barn for livestock. We don't store hay, straw or grain in it anymore. It's mostly storage and mostly not our stuff that's stored in it, LOL! Bill and I talked about it, prayed about it - talked to others about it, got estimates for a new roof. The estimate was less than we expected (though still a LOT of money). We got another estimate. What it came down to is that it would cost as much (or more) to have it torn down and that wasn't something we wanted to do anyway. We're just not the kind of people, retired or not, who could willingly let "the queen of the farm" rot away. It was hard enough to sell the land, what kind of "caretakers" would we be to let this barn just rot and fall down? Then something happened that I won't share the details of here but will just say that it seemed like a definate answer of what to do for us. And so, a new barn roof she has!
|This is before....|
|This is an "in progress" picture|
So we hope you don't think us foolish or frivilous or that we have money to throw away on a new barn roof. Just know that we're grateful and happy that we were able to take care of this historic building in the proper way. Who knows, she may house livestock again one day. She'll certainly see more bikes and tractors and lawn furniture!
She and her companion, the Round House, look pretty great together don't they?
I want to add how pleased we were with the work our contractor did! He is local and also did work on our house. We would be happy to share his name if anyone in the mid-Michigan area needs a new roof on their barn!
Remember this post where I told you about a list of projects we hoped to accomplish and showed you the pictures of our little falling down shed next to the house here where we live? Well, that one still hasn't been replaced/repaired but this barn roof was another project on that list and it can now be checked off as done.