Dairy barn to house photos

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  1. Westwood

    Westwood Well-Known Member

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    As some of you know Don and I have been remodeling the dairy barn into the beginning of a house. Sorry we don't have any photos of the barn with the stanchions still in and the bulk tanks, but we have a few photos just as we were installing insulation and putting in windows. Well add on a new bathroom next, then a big living room and use the current one for a kitchen/dining/office.

    We started out planning to build a deck on the front of the tiny trailer. See how a project can get out of control??? :hobbyhors

    You should be able to access the photos here.

    http://photos.yahoo.com/dcox429

    Dennis & Don
     
  2. mtman

    mtman Well-Known Member

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    thats going to be very cool when done
    its comming along great
     

  3. Jerngen

    Jerngen Perpetually curious! Supporter

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    Wowsers! Looking great! I just finished watching "Rezoned" on HGTV and they featured a horse barn turned into a home. You should continue taking pics of your project and contact them when you are done!
     
  4. seedspreader

    seedspreader AFKA ZealYouthGuy

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    Any outside pics? I want to see what it looks like as a barn.
     
  5. Beltane

    Beltane Enjoying Four Seasons

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    Very nice! Looks like you both have been working hard. :)
     
  6. Westwood

    Westwood Well-Known Member

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    Thanks all! Ummm, well, after we weedeat (that we've been neglecting to work on the barn every evening) we'll take some outside shots. :rolleyes:
     
  7. MarleneS

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    Don and Dennis -- your new home is coming along nicely. Sure doesn't look like a barn to me :) Ya'll sure have a second career to fall back on. :)

    Hugs,
    Marlene
     
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    Marlene,

    I really don't believe we would want to do this for a living!!! these 2 old men are sore this morning!!!
     
  9. Ramblin Wreck

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    I think the general rule of remodeling is that a project will grow to a factor of three times the amount of time left in your life expectancy!
     
  10. Dec429

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    I think after this project, I may start using this as my tag line!! :rolleyes:
     
  11. Jan Doling

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    Wow...that brings back memories...only mine is still not finished completely....there's always something. I do remember that every little accomplishment was reason to celebrate and every step seemed a major improvement. You've done yourselves proud!
     
  12. Queen Bee

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    It's lookin' good! :) I love things like this.. But what have you done with the goats??? Didn't you have a dairy?? or do I have you mixed up w/ someone else..QB
     
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    Cornhusker Unapologetically me Supporter

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    It's looking good guys.
    Keep us posted, I enjoy watching step by step transformations like that. :)
     
  14. Dec429

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    QueenBee,

    Dennis was milking 89 goats until just a couple of years ago.
    We will eventually have a couple and some other critters.
     
  15. FolioMark

    FolioMark In Remembrance

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    Looks mighty nice guys. And its got AC too. I know what you mean about starting off to build a deck. Our place in Missouri is now over 1500 sq.ft with 5 bedrooms, 4 fireplaces and we just built on a 16x16 library with a big bow window. Still no bathroom, but Im going this evening to look at a Composting Toilet that I guy here in town built for some science project and is giving away on free cycle. Dont know how big it is but bet it wont be fun to move 350 miles to missouri. :rolleyes:
     
  16. minnikin1

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    Looks nice!
    We are doing a dairy barn, too. I'd love to compare notes...

    Ours is a 1967 gambrel style. After cutting out the stanchions, the floor was such a mess that we decided to build a raised floor over the concrete, not too easy because the main floor ceiling is so low.
    What's your barn like?
    What are the biggest hurdles you're up against?
     
  17. Westwood

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    Thanks all!



    Minnikin1, I built the barn about 4 years ago as a goat dairy barn. With goats, you don't need a concrete block building, so it was stickbuilt on 24" centers with a shed roof. 8 ft high in the front and 10 ft high in the back. 12 ft wide and 32 feet long. Really, biggest problem was the concrete floor that were carefully sloped to the drains! Had to decide whether to put in shimmed up sleepers and plywood or just shim up the furniture. Decided for now just to shim up the furnture. :p Also, since I built it as a barn, I really wasn't very careful to make sure the studs were parallel all the way up. Just slapped on the girts and put on the metal siding. Not bad on the walls, but had one rafter that was really bowed and had to sister another one to it. Small things like adding nailers in the triangular sections above the end walls and of course re-wiring.

    OH! Putting in windows after the fact was another fun chore! The existing plumbing dictated where the kitchen area will go in the current living room once the new living room is built on. No windows on the west side as it's right up against the road and would be too much heat gain in the summer anyway.
     
  18. seedspreader

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    Dennis,

    Do you have a house on the property now or will this be the main place of residence for you guys?
     
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    This will be our main residence. Right now we are living in a tiny trailer.
    Will be so nice to have some room!!

    Don
     
  20. Ozarkguy

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    :shrug: YOWZA! How come your BARN looks better than my house!? :p



    GREAT job fellas. Lookin' good. Keep the pix coming. It's always fun to watch a project move along.




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