Barn restoration 1890

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Project by johnintegrity posted 07-10-2011 05:55 PM 2098 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a barn we were going to restore . Once we got started there was so much insect damage that we had to start over. We deconstructed the barn and saved about 50% of the lumber . We then used recycled and reclaimed materials to build the rest excluding nails and exterior shingles. All the timbers were cut from the farm from trees that had blown down that winter. The wall sheathing is all boards anywhere from 100 to 300 years old the doors were recycledand resized from an old carriage house on the property that was falling down. When we were done about 80 % of the material was from recycled or reclaimed wood. this is what I call green building as a builder I am currently very frustrated by the craze of green building that is anything but green . for example my neighbor who tore down a barn from the 1800s so that he could then build a new ” Green” house All the lumber from the original building was not even salvaged it was smashed with a machine and hauled away.

-- John, MA

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#1 posted 07-10-2011 06:04 PM

Great work this looks fun!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#2 posted 07-10-2011 07:45 PM

Its looking real good. Also, happy you can practice recycling materials.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#3 posted 07-10-2011 09:14 PM

Looks great. Thats for saving a piece of history. Old barns are going away fast. Nobody wants them. I wish my lot was bigger, I would save one. Again, thanks and good job.

-- Gerald, Illinois

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#4 posted 07-10-2011 11:45 PM

Must say I have never seen plank rigged like that between 2 ladders. Am I missing something? Are they home made cantelevers.

-- Cad a dheanfaimid feasta gan adhmad.......?

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#5 posted 07-11-2011 01:42 AM

Thats what Im talking about restore restore restore. Thia is what my birdhouses are made dfrom Fellow was tearing down a machine shed and burning history so i asked if I could salvage any and he said dont let me get in your way. I always carry my small chain saw so I got around 500 lin feet all I di rip in 3/4 strips and build log cabins and let the wood relive another episode in there history

-- Grandpaj

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#6 posted 07-11-2011 03:44 AM

Can’t wait to see the finish product. Thanks for sharing.

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#7 posted 07-11-2011 06:47 AM

Yeah, I dont seen anything wrong with that ladder setup, haha.

-- Aaron Possom Town, TN

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#8 posted 07-11-2011 05:09 PM

It looks like a really interesting old building.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#9 posted 07-12-2011 07:51 AM


-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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