There is a long and continuing saga to the barn you see in my blog title up there. Our farm needed a barn — someplace to store the equipment we were accumulating to take care of the land. A place we could camp in comfort, and a staging area to build our house.
We mulled it over three years, while our daughter studied architecture at the University of Minnesota. We visualized something traditional, but Della sketched an asymmetrical roof to take best advantage of the solar angle for PV panels some day.
In the loft, the short, high north roof let us keep the building as low as possible and still have room to walk up to the wall and look out a window. We added a lean-to greenhouse on the south side, and built into the hill such that you walk in on the ground floor in front and walk out on the loft floor in the back. We liked it. We wanted to build something that would last. We wanted timber frame.
We took Della’s drawing to Mike Yaker, and he said he could do it. After getting the first cost estimate, we dropped the idea of insulating and heating it. Once the house is built, it will not need either, so why waste the resources?
We are still working on this barn. Hope to get the batten boards and the rest of the windows in this summer now that the Wild Parsnip campaign is winding down. See my post Warning: Wild Parsnip Season here.
This being a photo essay, I’ll stop yakking now and let the pictures do the work.
My next post on Friday will be about the way several health insurance programs in Madison WI offer rebates to clients who buy food through CSAs. How cool is that?