"THE BARN BUILT WITH LOVE"

It amazes me how my husband went from urban warrior, to a farmer & barn builder extraordinair so easily. When he said he wanted to build the barn himself I must admit I was a little sceptical. Then as I watched, from design to finish, I had no doubts, this man could not only build a barn, but the barn of my dreams. Boy do I have some more projects for him...always wanted a really cool tree house...
p.s. It has been nine years since the barn was built...still no tree house, but
we do have a pole barn and 4 more alpaca "tiki" huts. Priorites...

It all started with some large beams sticking out of the ground like a bad work of modern sculptural art. But before long it really started to take shape, a shape somewhat like an upside down ark...
It is the small details that really make the barn special to me. Like the deck and stairs made from logs split in half with a chain saw. The cupola, was made with old house shutters by our good friend Teddy Weinroth, who also kept us in stitches (and nails). Also, our good friend, Reed "Big Piney" Wislar, a fantastic photographer & metal artist put some unique touches on the barn, like the Gothic window treatments & of course our "lasso the moon" sign out front. A big thank you to you both for all your help and the good laughs had by all during the process...NOW GO GET SOME NAILS!

It was so nice to have the option to build the barn our selves. A lot of love and care went into every detail. We took notes while visiting other alpaca barns and built what we thought would work best for us and our herd. It was not easy, but there is a great satisfaction when we see the finished product while reflecting back on the days we spent working on it. The plumbing & electrical was admittedly no fun, and some things we had to do twice before we got it right, but it was all part of the experience, a very rewarding experience!

The Specs:

We have 4 good sized stalls with the option of 5 if we need it, plus room for our homemade stantion, scale, feed bins, sink and cabinet space for paper work and storage of sterile items. We chose to keep the floors dirt, because of the ease on the animals joints and the more natural look of it. It's surprisingly easy to clean because the dirt becomes very compact and smooth, yet it still has a nice cushion to it. In fact I sweep it with a push broom-very easy! The animals love to roll on it and it keeps them cool in the summer. We have an art studio up stairs with space for a fiber store & comfortable meeting area, where we teach classes.

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