The evening after my last post, I came home from work to find that I had a WALL! Which was kind of crazy and awesome. From the interior, I could see where the two big windows for that side would be and it really made everything start feeling "real" amidst this very surreal experience of making this dream come to life.
|Look - a wall!|
|Behold the Tyvek-wrapped glory|
|Framed window in tack/feed room|
|Framed window in hay area|
|Wall from the inside. Hay on left, tack/feed on right|
|Looking inward from the back door. Hay and tack/feed on left, stalls on right.|
|Nice to see my grass visible in photos...wish the birds hadn't consumed so much of the seed - ugh.|
|Start of the tack/feed room floor|
|And so begins the evolution of my barn door vista - just for you Emma!|
|Ta da! Super psyched about this window. Will have another on the wall behind me.|
|Back door forest view|
I was on travel due to work on July 9 and 10 and thus missed a 48 hour window of barn happenings. I was slightly disappointed, but knew that coming home Wednesday evening would be made all the more exciting.
And was it ever!
I came home late Wednesday after making time to grocery shop and see the horses in Elkins. By the time I arrived home, Dave was already off with his buddies playing golf. He's very much enjoyed watching my excitement each night, so it was kind of weird to not have him here for this night's big reveal.
When I walked out the back door my jaw just dropped. The majority of the roof on the near side was complete, the bottom paneling (snow/weather protection) was up leaving a space in the middle for the eventual board-on-board white oak, and the windows for that side were in.
|A ROOF! OMG.|
|And bottom paneling! OMG.|
|And WINDOWS. INSTALLED! OMG.|
|It's just so amazing.|
|Looking so good.|
|Won't see this view forever once the tack/feed room walls go up, but it's neat for now!|
|Even better as a pano|
|From the corner stall looking out|
|Concrete footers for the overhang posts|
|From the edge of the future dry lot looking toward the barn/house You can really see how low it is compared to the surrounding landscape.|
Dave selected the roof color (which is also the same material for the bottom panel) without any input from me. I knew I'd love whatever he chose - and I do! It looks SO good in ALL light. Very earthy and subtle. I cannot WAIT to see the white oak paired up with it on the finished product!
July 11 was a lost day due to rain. Additionally, I know you're all completely shocked to hear this, the excavator did not return on the 11th as planned. Ugh. I have feelings about this but I'm choosing to be an adult and move past them.
BUT! Something pretty cool and barn-related still happened on July 11...
Knowing that we'd be building fence in the near future, I wanted to finalize my plan for how the fence and dry lot would tie into one another. I knew I'd likely end up modifying this once the excavation was complete and the lay of the land changed. In fact, I spent a good hour pacing around with a survey wheel on Wednesday evening as I sussed things out. Unfortunately, I just couldn't quite see the whole picture from the ground.
But I knew I could see the whole thing from a higher vantage point. And as luck would have it, I have a friend who could help in that regard. I dropped him a line to see if he could drop by sometime in the next week to help me out. He agreed and said he could come up the next day!
And so, in between storms on the 11th, my friend brought his drone up to nab some aerial shots for me. It was pretty much the coolest thing ever.
|You can see the steep ass slope behind the property. It basically drops straight down for a ways and there are numerous rock outcroppings.|
|The elevation in our living room is 3,737'. The visible mountain top center is Mt. Porte Crayon and Buffalo Lick is to the right.|
|Our big, flat ridge. Dry Fork to the left and Red Creek to the right.|
|Slight rotation clockwise from previous shots.|
|Canaan Valley. To the left (and out of view on the right), the Monongahela Nat'l Forest. Canaan Valley State Park and the|
Canaan Valley Nat'l Wildlife Refuge lie on the valley floor extending as far as the eye can see to the north.
|Looking toward Canaan Valley Ski Resort (opposite side of the Weiss Knob, which is the main mountain in view here).|
The blob of unmowed land visible here is on the opposite side of my property, which is visible in the bottom right.
|And here we are full circle again.|
|Misty West Virginia mountains|
|I may or may not be secretly plotting to get hay off my neighbors vast mowed field next year 😂|
|A lower view of Starlight Lane Farm|
|Laughing at Taiga as she baffles at the drone.|
|A very curious husky|
I absolutely love the perspective of these shots. I know I wax and wane about living on top of the world, but these images really show that off. I wish the barn wasn't under construction and the grass was up all around, but c'est la vie. These images are still something I'll cherish and look back on because the process is so freaking cool. Hopefully we can get some more taken sometime in the future when everything is complete and the vegetation has grown back everywhere.
Dave was back at it on July 15. His big goal for the week was to get the roof on completely so that they would have an area to work even if it rained. In order to do this, he needed to first get the posts erected for the overhang outside the stalls and install the beam that the rafters would rest on. From there, he'd be able to install first the over hang roof and then the remaining section of the barn roof.
He made great progress on Monday getting each of the four overhang posts installed, the beam installed, and completing the framing for the windows on the north side of the barn.
|Look at all those windows/windows-to-be!|
|Really looking different now that that overhang is coming to life.|
|Looking in from behind the barn.|
|Those windows are amazing and will lend amazing evening light.|
|Overhang coming to life|
|I also mowed on Monday night. Gah it looks so much better. Now to get that wood and the topsoil taken care of so this vista is cleaner.|
Tuesday was spent finishing up preparations to put the roof on the overhang.
|Hard to tell the difference from here...|
|But as you get closer...|
|It becomes obvious! Rafters installed and now awaiting a roof.|
|Such a pretty skeleton|
|The horses are going to love having so much space to chill.|
This space is basically the equivalent of their stalls, but outside!
|A gutter will run along the bottom of the overhang eventually, so no worries about that water off-loading in the dry lot|
|Pano of the back!|
As this post is lengthy enough with all of these updates and photos, I'm going to save yesterday's update for the next post. We've got two more solid days of work expected this week, too, so hopefully by my next update there are going to be some really sweet changes that happen. Fingers crossed that deliveries arrive and the excavator returns (today?!) as planned!