Monday, March 5, 2012

March 5


Isn't this a great barn? I like its shape, the weathered wood, the setting and the stone foundation. I also like its story.
This barn belongs to my husbands brother. It started out in life as a much bigger barn, on a different property. When my BIL noticed a barn that was falling apart, he offered to take it down in exchange for the wood. He salvaged what he could and started building this barn on his property. He did much of the work with hand tools, and one day had a barn raising with many friends, family and people from church. The barn wasn't finished on that day but a lot was done.
We've all seen barns that were falling apart and I love how he took that old barn and made something beautiful and useful from it.



Here's a closer shot of the old implement in front of that stone foundation.


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34 comments:

Nancy said...

What a labor of love....It's so pretty...I know he is so proud of it....

Glenda said...

The red implement is just perfect to grace the front of this beautiful barn! Great story, too!

Rose said...

Looks like he did a wonderful job....

Beth said...

what great character. love it!! (:

Martha said...

oh how pretty! love the frost/snow covered limbs on the trees and the barn is really neat!

TexWisGirl said...

how great to have it re-used rather than wasted! love the slope of the roof!

Kim, USA said...

I love these barn much so the story. That we should do when there is a barn going to collapsed hehe. Instead of getting it to rot salvage what need to salvage because for sure many woods are still good for re-building.

Blue Charm

Carol said...

This is a good-looking barn and the slanted roof adds much to its charm. Your BIL is a clever guy. Love the close shot also, that red equipment makes a nice contrast.

LuAnn said...

I love story behind the barn. But really love that pop of red.

Nancy Claeys said...

He did a fabulous job. Great photo!

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Oh Mari Sweetie...
What a gorgeous share this evening. I love barns, if they could only talk and share their stories. Each little weathered board and nail has a story I am sure.

Your BIL did a beautiful job. I am always so thrilled when I hear of folks that recycle these and let the history continue in another form.

A beautiful share. The photo is so serene. Have a glorious evening dear one. Many hugs and much love, Sherry

Bek said...

That's a wonderful story to go along with it! So much family history in it! Love it!

Lesley said...

This barn has a nice shape to it. Your BIL did a good job and perhaps the old barn boards are happy to be reused.

Judy said...

He did a wonderful job, and I love the setting of this photo.

Evelyn S. said...

How wonderful that the barn was "re-born"! I love your image that includes the frosty/snowy trees, too.

Jennifer @ Town and Country Living said...

Really nice barn. Love that red implement out front.

Cheryl @ The Farmer's Daughter said...

What a wonderful story! I'm so glad to see the old barn siding saved and turned into something useful and beautiful.

S. Etole said...

The stone foundation adds such character to it. Fun history as well.

Kathy said...

Such a great story. I love his new barn design. He may have something there!

Linda said...

A lovely story and a far better end than so many of the barns we see going to ruin! Great job on preserving that old wood, and wonderful shots you have provided of his labor of love. Wonderful post today!

Tanya said...

yes, this is a great little barn with a wonderful story!

Tatjana Parkacheva said...

Very nice photos of this barn.

Regards and best wishes

Betsy said...

It's so nice to know the history of it, too! I love the shape...it's beautiful nestled in the snowy trees!

thirdhandart said...

What a great story to go with this beautiful barn! Love the stone foundation. Wish barn raisings were as common today as they were over a hundred years ago.

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

I love the barn and the story behind it. The old plow only adds to its beauty.

Tricia @ Bluff Area Daily said...

Absolutely AWESOME, Mari! It's always so good to hear stories like this... I'm lovin that stone foundation, too!

Thanks so much for sharing this w/ Barn Charm =)

Madge Bloom said...

Love that first shot... that implement gives such pop of color!

Michelle Renee said...

He did a nice job. Not only does he have a new space, but he has a story to go along with it. :)

Anonymous said...

Mari, Thanks for putting the photos up of our barn, it looks great in your posts. FYI, the implement out front is an Allis Chalmers plow, (orange to be correct). And the inside of the barn is just as beautiful with the original beams and a John Deere tractor in the process of being restored. It was such a feeling of accomplishment to preserve the barn this way. Thanks for all your comments. BIL

heyBJK said...

What a gorgeous shot, Mari! Love the snow in the scene!

Laura Delegal - Leroy Photography said...

I love the shape and color too and it's just the greatest that he built it with his own hands and the help of friends. Cool.

EG CameraGirl said...

WOW! Wonderful barn and I LOVE the red implement in front of the stone foundation.

~Just me again~ said...

Beautiful!

Linnea said...

What a great way to save a barn. He's done a beautiful job restoring it and you've photographed it so well. You should blow up these photos, frame them, and hang them inside the barn!