Sunday, December 16, 2007
Building the barn:
We had a good site picked out for a barn. It took a week or two to get a building permit, but we broke ground in May 2007. I used our "new" twenty-five year old Kubota compact tractor to scrape a level spot for a slab and to rake gravel. The slab was poured on one of the hottest days of the late spring, and it set up far too fast, but was solid. We used all local lumber from mills close by: hemlock from Gerald Fowler in Thorndike, bigtooth aspen from Peter Baldwin in Brooks. All told, the 20 by 30 foot barn with gambrel roof over second floor hay storage cost about $4,000 finished and wired. It houses our herd of sheep and a chicken coop, but will eventually shelter pigs, and possibly a couple of Fjord horses too.