Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Improvements to the Craigslist Barn

The  house in Hooterville has not been the sole focus of our renovation projects.  For the last month  or so, a lot of work has been taking place on the partially built barn we bought off Craigslist in January.

One big project we have been working toward for many, many months was finally completed about 2 weeks ago.   Four  big trucks arrived to pour concrete down the center aisle of the barn.

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Up to this point, the center aisle had  just been dirt, which always looked so messy and was…well….

DIRTY!

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Concrete made a world of difference and with the help of a leaf blower, it will be much easier to keep neat and clean.

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Of course, for posterity’s sake, we had to write in the new concrete…

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My daughter also sunk one of Tango’s actual horseshoes into the concrete and her name was written inside the curve of it.  Tango the Movie Star now has her own tribute, just like the stars who have been immortalized at the Grauman's Chinese Theatre Hollywood Walk of Fame.  ;) 

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When we bought the Craigslist barn, it had  six  12 ft. x 12 ft. finished stalls and the space to add six more.  We just had two more 12 ft. x 12 ft. stalls built as well as a double-wide 24 ft. x 12 ft. broodmare stall for mother and baby (photo below) because my daughter wants to try to breed Tango again after the first of the year.  If at any point the larger stall is not needed, a partition can be built to turn it into two 12ft. x 12 ft. stalls, like the other stalls in the barn.

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Two of the 12 x 12 areas intended for stalls were turned into wash racks (areas to bathe the horses).

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This open area on one end of the barn was enclosed and went from this…

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to this.  

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It will be a tack room were our boarders can store their saddles, bridles and miscellaneous horse stuff. 

Within the next week or two, the red siding will also be finished on the upper portion of the barn.

Looking down the center aisle, the new  tack room is on the right.

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On the left, directly across the aisle from the boarder’s tack room, will be my daughter’s own private tack room.  To the right of it, in the back portion of that alcove,  there will be a bathroom for the boarders.  Yeah! That has been a long awaited addition so the boarders won’t have to come up to the house to use the bathroom anymore.

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It looks like the designated painter (me!) will soon have more painting projects to work on…the tack room and bathroom  doors and trim!

4 comments:

Deb said...

You guys have been working so hard! Looks fabulous!

Cindy said...

I Cannot believe the amount of work you people have been doing. It is all looking so wonderful, though. I am still waiting with baited breath to see the new kitchen in the house.
Hugs, Cindy

Kathy@ Gone North said...

Wow!! Just beautiful!! I LOVE barns.... my family buys me books on barns. I want to live on a farm....Yours is amazing & seriously?? What are the chances that a barn would be for sale in CL. It was meant to be yours....
Again Beautiful!!!

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

My very BESTEST friend...for FORTY years is a horsey girlie.... Now, I know NOTHING about horses...but she would LOVE this barn. It's wonderful!

Huggies!
Spencer