We were very lucky to find the farm with a barn already on it, but, when we moved in the barn definitely had some issues. For one thing, they built it in a damp, low spot, and over the years the drainage was failing and the barn floor flooded in significant rainfall. Because of the wet ground, the support posts were no longer in their original place, and there were areas of the barn that tipped a bit more than they ought to. The stalls were horse-sized, huge, and had small doors we couldn’t get the tractor through, requiring us to clean stalls by hand. And the tack room floor was rotten, the stairs were an outright deathtrap, and because it had no real walls, everything in the tack room was a dusty mess!
So, with Archer’s assistance, John spent the winter rebuilding the inside of the barn. Support posts got straightened (or added), beams were leveled. New stall doors were installed. And most exciting of all, the tack room got a significant overhaul!
New safe stairs – you could climb these blindfolded! And, a separate light for upstairs loft lighting to make it safer at night. There are now three lights in the tack room, too, making it nice and bright for working in.
The metal bins hold nearly a ton of feed bags, and are on rolling casters to allow them to go out of the way under the worktop counter. The counter ensures us clean workspace, and some shelving above and to the right keeps things organized (and dust-free).
We are so grateful to John for all the hard work, and so lucky to have the skills in the family to do this project right!