Our barn took a bit of a beating during our most recent windstorm. Considering the severity of the storm we had, we were surprised to even find it standing the next morning.
Here's how things looked on the north side of the barn in spring 2007. That's the year we had this side of the roof re-done:
Moving right along...ahem.
When we re-did the roof of the house (remind me to tell you how that went someday!), we were encouraged to buy the roof for the barn at the same time, because metal prices were set to jump 30%. We knew what needed to be done, and although we didn't have a clue who would do the work, based on the gong-show of workers we had for the house, we went ahead and ordered the metal roof.
The roofers we found were methodical, thorough, and got the job done in a timely manner. I think it took about a week to re-do this side. We were happy with the roofers' work and professionalism. You'll notice Cooper in the above photo, too. He made many new friends, and shared many a lunch. It was win/win all around.
Here's a view of the inside of the dairy addition after this latest storm:
I can't tell you how many builders we've had look at the barn in the past 10 years.
They all say the same thing: "We'll call you". And then they peel out of the driveway, kicking up gravel, and looking in their rear-view mirror as they shake their head in a combination of sympathy and despair.
That is why I see myself with my hard-hat, a harness around my middle, dangling from the roof as I take my tin-snips to the metal in a feeble attempt at destruction. Eric's read about 20 books on timber-frame construction, and the wood for the repairs is already stored in the barn. We're this close to doing the work ourselves.
Stay tuned for yet another saga in our lives at Shim Farm.