You know about our little roof mishap, but we’ve actually still been making a lot of progress on the barn front so I figured it was time for an update.
We’ve got a garage door.
The garage door was installed, which means the barn is officially sealed up and locked tight. We ended up ordering the door from a local place and having them install it since the cost was close to what it would have been to install is ourselves.
We went with a simple carriage house door style in the basic model available. Ryan finished trimming out everything that was waiting on windows and doors but I didn’t have time to paint so that will have to wait until spring. Regardless, I think it looks amazing.
We’ve got stairs
Stairs were a bit of a conundrum for us in the barn. Originally, we had considered just having the exterior stairs to the deck. But, it is so stinking cold and windy and icy that we rethought it. We didn’t want the stairs to take up too much space and didn’t want to block windows if we could help it. Ryan ended up doing a lot of online research and building his own sort-of spiral staircase.
I am obsessed with them. They take up very little space in the barn, don’t block too much of the window, and are sturdy and functional enough for daily use.
Ryan will obviously add a railing at some point, too. But gosh. I love them right now. I want to do something really pretty with them – maybe some sort of paint treatment? They need some affection.
And the area below the stairs will be a perfect place to store boots and coats and bags, since there won’t be much room in the apartment upstairs.
Speaking of upstairs …
We’ve got light.
Ryan has been working on running electrical upstairs. We decided on recessed lighting since the ceilings aren’t super high. We also decided on the placement of outlets and switches.
The space actually feels really big at this point. And between the windows, door and lights, I think it will be plenty bright.
We’ve got walls.
The small bathroom actually bothers me the least, since it’s almost the same size as our current bathroom. We can live with a small bathroom quite well, actually. Less to maintain and less to clean. 😉
We’ve got built-ins.
We’ve been talking a lot about how our family can comfortably live in this space. And one way to do it is by having as much storage as possible. Even if we pare down a lot (and we will), there will still be stuff that will need to find a home. So, when I brought up the idea of built-ins in the eaves, Ryan took the idea and ran. He and my brother used 18-inch-wide stock cabinetry to add storage to the unused space in the eaves. Our television will go above. Once the insulation and drywall goes up, it will all be flush. (We’re looking at adding storage elsewhere, too.)
We’ve got views.
The more we’re out there, the more excited we get to move. Honestly, I can live with 320 square feet for this. And I keep telling Ryan that if he makes it too nice, I may just wanna stay in the tiny apartment forever. 😉
What do you think of our progress? Do you see the potential?
(Also – do you enjoy these type of progress reports? I did them weekly for our second renovation and I’m trying to decide the best way to keep up with the barn remodel.)