In seeking an indoor space for meetings, as well as a space to do my textile artwork, we have been working on the upper story of the old carriage barn. After replacing the roof, the first task was to clear out decades of accumulated stuff.
Next, we found that the sill had rotted, though the foundation was fine. So the sill and some of the siding were replaced, at the back of the barn:
And at both sides:
Windows were replaced in the lowest level of the back (the horse stalls), and added to the front and back of the barn on the top level.
Two windows, one at each end, will be added to the side walls on the top floor. The interior staircase is in place, and now insulation, electrical and interior walls are in process. When the indoor work is done, and the weather is warm enough, we’ll scrape, paint, and beautify.
Meanwhile, going through a lifetime of /stuff/ has been intense. It has called for a life retrospective, which is appropriate, difficult, and liberating. “Let It Go” has been my mantra.
This is The Year of the Barn.