Pole Barn Workshop Remodel #3: Slow, very slow progress

  • Advertise with us
Blog entry by PoohBaah posted 04-03-2018 04:45 PM 1141 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: Trash Removal Begins Part 3 of Pole Barn Workshop Remodel series no next part

Well, it has been 6 months since the last update and well not much has changed. Between fall harvest, winter and now calving season coming early there was not much progress on the old barn but we are starting to gain some momentum now. I have been in contact with a local guy that is going to put the new roof on for me. I was in Menards on Saturday to pick up supplies for a new set of back steps and while loading the lumber I noticed they had 45 sheets of 12’ white steel in the discount area. After talking with the building materials manager I made room on the trailer and they came home with me at a 50% discount. It was one of those deals that a guy couldn’t pass up. Siding the barn was in next years plans/budget but I just could not pass up a deal like that on over half the steel needed for the siding.

I have also started removing all the old stalls and random feed bunks that serve no purpose any more and make this 40×50 barn seem small.

You can see that I have not removed all the trash yet and have gone with the mentality to create one big mess and clean it up instead of a bunch of small ones. And its also been too wet to get back to the burn pile.

Its hard to see but I am standing where the new man door will be and I am going to install a stair case up to the old hay loft which is currently only accessible via a wooden ladder and not conducive to utilizing all the space up there. I will level the dirt and pour a concrete pad in that 4’x40 section as well.

I have also started to formulate the plan for raising the second floor in the area that I plan on using to park my wife and my vehicles. By removing the second floor decking and moving the bracing up 8’ to the next set of beams I will have an area that is 20’x16’ that should be plenty big for a garage door.

So Spring is here and I am starting to gain a little steam. I am funding this project with extra cash from working OT at the day job so it happens in little bursts and the siding purchase has dictated a lot more OT. Yet I feel that in the end I will accomplish this goal quicker that the 3 year time line that I had in mind last fall.

7 comments so far

View EarlS's profile


919 posts in 2314 days

#1 posted 04-03-2018 05:27 PM

That is the definition of a project. It’s making my back hurt just reading about it.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

View Smitty_Cabinetshop's profile


15281 posts in 2585 days

#2 posted 04-03-2018 05:33 PM

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

View MKH's profile


48 posts in 93 days

#3 posted 04-03-2018 06:46 PM

Hey Pooh, where are you located?

It can definitely seem overwhelming at times. I’ve got a lot of stuff cleaned out of my garage now and ordered my table saw last Saturday. We moved everything out and painted the garage floor then threw a lot of stuff ut for the trash man to pick up. The remaining things are back in the garage but not organized. I’m waiting for the table saw to be delivered later this month and then organize the garage around the table saw.

Good luck.


-- Marshall --------------------------- In with 10. Out with 10.

View PoohBaah's profile


210 posts in 1507 days

#4 posted 04-03-2018 07:15 PM

Marshall I am in Idaville, IN which is near Monticello. I am about 40 Minutes from West Lafayette and Purdue’s campus. I know that there is a long road ahead but in the end I envision an awesome work space and love the idea of being able to resurrect this old barn.

View MKH's profile


48 posts in 93 days

#5 posted 04-03-2018 11:45 PM

That’s a long ways from me (St. Augustine FL). LOL

I’m curious, what type of floor does it have? Or are you going to have pour some concrete?

I’m no farm boy so I generally think of barns having dirt floors but maybe that isn’t so.

-- Marshall --------------------------- In with 10. Out with 10.

View PoohBaah's profile


210 posts in 1507 days

#6 posted 04-03-2018 11:59 PM

Yes there was a dirt alley where they use to feed livestock back in the day. Both the larger areas are concrete. I will pour the alley myself eventually.

It just depends on what the barn was designed for deems what type of floor it has.

View MKH's profile


48 posts in 93 days

#7 posted 04-04-2018 01:56 AM

Cool I learned something today.

Good luck and Godspeed on your new shop.

-- Marshall --------------------------- In with 10. Out with 10.

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics