Roof’s off

•May 29, 2010 • Leave a Comment

We have come along way since my last posting.  Since  much has happened I will show you the progress in sequence.

The roof has been removed from the lean-to section of the barn and any useful materials have been salvaged for possible sheds/animal enclosures. The actual corrugated iron came off easily due to the rotten timbers they were attached to, although it took us the better part of the day to finish because of the hazardous working environment.

So that is all for today. I will fill you in more over the next few days. The weather has been a dream and stayed dry for 2 weeks (which should be some sort of record here in Ireland). We are official burnt from working on the roof for the last week and are taking the next 2 days off to enjoy the weather and go to a film festival and a boat and food festival.

“Its like working in a daycare center for birds”

•May 21, 2010 • 1 Comment

Since it is late spring all the birds are nesting and more specifically nesting in my barn.  I have counted 4 starling nests, one blue tit, one coal tit and 3 african barn swallows all inside the barn.  So besides the gross amount of shit they produce on our tools it is like working in a daycare center filled with screaming kids.  The babies are cute at first but if you are working in there all day they become very annoying after a few hours.

The rest of the foundation wall was poured yesterday which has turned out to become the backbone of the whole space.  It is a perfect Z  which will dictate the flow of traffic through the whole barn.  I can really begin to see what the space is going to be like. Today we will demolish the roof to make room for the new exterior cladding that is coming in on Tuesday.  Since we are in a typical irish “heat wave” it is perfect weather to do this.

Concrete footing part 2

•May 18, 2010 • Leave a Comment

The concrete footing was poured over the weekend. On sunday (our day off) we went fishing and caught a few fish and cooked them up. Beautiful weather at the moment, perfect to remove the roof of the barn.  All the material to do the roof has been ordered and will be arriving this and next week.

Concrete Footing

•May 15, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Yesterday myself and Willie broke ground and dug a 20ft trench to pour a footing for the new exterior wall. A casting form has been built to receive the concrete and today we are going to pour it. Nothing odd about it but this is the foundation that will support the wall that goes there. This will become the new entrance to the Barn.

New growth

•May 11, 2010 • Leave a Comment

I have just arrived back in Ireland and to the Big Barn Project. My friend is flying out here this week to help with replacing the roof. It has been 4 weeks since I was here and I am amazed at the growth that has taken place. The property is entirely a new world.  The weather is bright and clear but there is a strong breeze coming from the northeast which makes it a little chilly at times but the plants don’t seem to care they are hardy bucks, blooming and growing relentlessly. Here are a few shots of the new growth.

Alternative Architecture

•April 27, 2010 • Leave a Comment

We have very strict laws for new builds on the coast of Ireland so I found this building to be a new and extremely interesting solution to coastal construction.  The approach of this building is genius because there are no requirements or laws against providing food and shelter for your livestock.  It becomes a shed of sorts with the possibility of being occupied after a few years of existence. Nice Idea.

Construction Date for the Bigbarnproject (day 160)

•April 8, 2010 • 2 Comments

Construction date of the Big Barn Project set for May 12th

Off the farm (Day 159)

•April 7, 2010 • Leave a Comment

I have left the farm for a few weeks and will not be updating this posting. Thank you to everyone that has provided support and interest in the Big Barn endeavor. On my return in May the actual process of construction on the barn will begin. We are all looking forward to this and the amazing summer ahead. All my best to everyone. C you soon.

Summer day! (146) over half a year….

•March 25, 2010 • 2 Comments

Today was one of those beautiful summer days, the skies were clear, the bees were out beginning to forage and the sun was cooking. I had to take advantage of the weather and make another run to the beach with the wheel barrow for seaweed. It is so nice to see the plants growing again but this also means the weeds are starting to reappear. I have been clearing away weeds while things have been dormant for the winter and laying down seaweed as a barrier around the garden beds.

It is also time for things to get in the ground so I have been planting potatoes, onions, beans and have even put a few lettuce out just to see what happens.

The little house is getting ready for inhabiting. The kitchen is done apart from a touch of paint. The doorways have new frames, the upstairs bedroom is ready for paint, bathroom still needs a little love but the tub and shower are sealed.  All in all everything is looking good.

144 days in ireland. Stone steps

•March 23, 2010 • 2 Comments

So it is. I have just returned from a trip and everything on the farm is looking good. Before i left I was able to finish the stone steps up to the house and get the countertops in. Myself and a neighbor  cleared a 3 acre field to plant oats in for his horses. Which is exciting and the favor will be returned in help with the construction of the Big Barn Studio.

The weather has been mild so the plants and grasses are starting to grow finally. This has been a very strange winter for Ireland according to all the farmers because they are behind schedule with planting and getting the  animals out on new pastures. I guess of the 89 days of winter it has been below zero 74 times.  This is not normal for the south of Ireland.

New Steps