I’m actually not. Staying warm, that is. Which is why this week’s barn progress is so important.
Insulation. Lots and lots of insulation.
Ryan and Kyle got almost all of the insulation up on the walls and ceiling in the barn this week. It’s helped the work environment already. It’s a bit hard to do much work when you have to wear a parka. The insulation is already helping tremendously.
Since Ryan’s not quite finished running the plumbing, the kitchen and bathroom will be the last areas to be insulated. Here’s our huge, spacious kitchen. 😉 This little span of wall will need to include cabinetry and storage as well as a fridge, stove, sink and microwave. Geesh.
With the ceiling insulation installed, the apartment’s started to feel a little smaller. But the space is mostly open and we’ll brighten it up with light colors.
You can see in this picture of the guys that the ceilings aren’t very high. It makes the windows and lighting even more important.
Here you can see the ceiling insulation from downstairs in the eaves. Ryan’s planning to add a small door to access this space. I plan to cram it full of storage of things that I don’t want to get rid of. (Ryan doesn’t know that. Don’t tell him.)
Here’s the downstairs of the barn. It’s becoming a bit of a catch-all for building supplies. But that’s renovation. The insulation is really helping the temperature down here.
A utility room
The furnace, water heater, electrical box, and washer and dryer will live on the first floor of barn in this small utility room. Ryan got all the walls up this week, insulated, added drywall to the inside, and started mudding and taping.
I love that the space has a window. Every single inch in this room is accounted for and Ryan’s been really careful about where lines are running. The washer and dryer will be stacked straight ahead of the doorway. We’ll reuse the original exterior barn door for this room.
You can also see the furnace sitting to the left. Ryan actually bought the furnace/AC from a guy on Craiglist who was investing in a bigger system. For this space, the small one is perfect. And it saved us a bundle.
Not related, but do you see all that trash on the right side of the barn? Poor Ryan’s been bringing it all home in stages to stuff in our can. No trash service at the barn.
Beacon of light
When we decided to rebuild this barn, the first thing Ryan wanted was a cupola. So, he built one and put it on the top of the barn. When we decided to add an apartment upstairs, Ryan thought it would be neat to make the cupola into a skylight. It’ll add a bit of light as well as some height. Then, we wired a light up there. I sort of love it. (It still needs to be finished and framed.
It even looks awesome from the outside. A real beacon of light. The boys
Thank goodness for Ryan and Kyle’s hard work. It’s coming right along. And Henry loves to go out and visit.
Who needs play toys when you can use a real drill? Right? This is totally safe.
So that’s an update. Also, it’s still as cold as can be out there.
Cold, but pretty. And my boys seem to like it anyway.
And that’s an update on the barn.