Moved back to comunity where I was born. I counted over 15 old barns that are not being used. 5 of them on property that I once farmed. 2 weeks ago I approached the new landowner and asked if I could salvage these oldbarns and buildings. MOST commercial farmers are either burning them or pushing them into heap with DOZER. How sad is that.
The new landowner was concerned I would take a few pieces and leave a mess ? i respected that. So i made an agreement to clean up the site. I said I do not have equipment to remove concrete footings or floors ? He was okay with that. I also asked that I start with smaller shed. Lots of drop cedar siding. A few ship lapboards. IF I do good enough job I get okay to start on barn. This barn was built in early 1900. It is gambriel roof design. Loft floor is tongue and groove hardwood boards. Floor joist run entire width ofbarn (28’ ONE piece Douglas FIR), the beams are also douglas fir. 6×6 solid. Not laminated like most. I wss told who ever built the barn and house used the best materials. House is a disaster, racoons , rats, mice. i am afraid of virus’ and other environmental hazards in house. BUT the barn and shed are terrific shape.
I am projecting salvaging 40-50 % of material. Since this is first BIG project taking apart, I am asking for opinions from people that have done this.
I know I shall be bust all summer.
Also. Can this be done alone ? I cannot afford to hire anyone !
Lots of questions.
Looking for lots of advice.
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