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|09-21-2010, 10:52 AM||#11 (permalink)|
What a piece of land! What a barn! That's a lot of work but it's really worth it. Kind of remember me when i used to live in a tent, not inside a barn but inside a barge.
|09-21-2010, 11:00 AM||#12 (permalink)|
...Not sure what that was
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Niagara Falls
I grew up on two farms as a kid, the second one ceased to be a working farm, and just became a ranch house with lots of land, and a barn. They converted the loft in the barn into a very nice apt, and left the bottom as a work shop. I've always wanted to do the same thing. Nice vaulted ceilings in the loft, **** loads of workshop space below....it would be like heaven. Close off an insulate a small spot for all my paintball gear, leave a barn door for my dirt bikes, quads etc....oh man! Need to go find me a farm and a barn!!!
Thats awesome for you, keep us updated with pics of the build.
|09-21-2010, 11:09 AM||#14 (permalink)|
Build a paintball field. The opportunity has basically been placed in your hands!
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|09-21-2010, 12:02 PM||#15 (permalink)|
Join Date: Apr 2006
Barn's in nice shape, steel roof means at least you don't have to fix that right away.
The big issue you will run into is toilet, and heat.
That tent has no insulated floor.. You put that in the loft, you will be having cold air under your floor, you will lose alot of heat that way. I would not use wood heat unless you are CERTAIN you have good insulation/chimney.
Couple bits of advice (I am sure you have ideas, but let me see if I can articulate some issues I see here)
#1, I would start living in the lower level, insulate a corner of the cement wall (insulate the outside, use the concrete for thermal mass if you can isulate it from the rest of the barn, if not, just insulate it.
Build a rocket mass heater on the cheap, in there, use it for cooking/heat. The smaller the heated/insulated area the easier/cheaper it will be to keep warm.
What sort of provisions are you making for drinking water/toilet?
You could do the composting toilet thing I suppose, but there's issues you need to know how to handle that stuff.
After you have the small living space done and able to be lived in, you can begin the long project of making the rest of the place into a home, but you need at least a 10x10 area that is for sure going to hold heat. You are in Canada for crying out loud!
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|09-21-2010, 01:26 PM||#16 (permalink)|
the proper use of .50cal
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Turlock, Ca
So may posibilities, good luck. I couldn't help but thinking when I saw the picture of the hay loft, "ZEPLIN HANGER!"
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|09-21-2010, 04:19 PM||#18 (permalink)|
Join Date: Jun 2007
"Were you raised in a barn?"
"Well as a matter of fact..."
Sorry, I couldn't resist. I have seen two barns turned into house, and man, they were some REALLY cool houses. Lots of room and tall ceilings. The openness is great.
Good luck, and I second the notion to get an area insulated to heat ASAP.
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|09-21-2010, 06:47 PM||#19 (permalink)|
My wife and I and sisters and their families all went and stayed at a bed n breakfast up along the North Coast of Ca last November. It was a huge barn that was divided into rooms with large common areas, bookshelves, woodstoves, etc. It was extremely warm and cozy feeling. Looks like your place has lots of potential for that kind of thing.
|09-21-2010, 07:09 PM||#20 (permalink)|
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Atlanta, GA
I cannot say that I share your enthusiasm about living in a renovated barn, but I have long yearned to live in a warehouse with walls that can be moved around but still be fixed in place (not rolling or anything like that, I'm thinking a grid of threaded inserts in the concrete that the walls bolt to). I think it could be done very cheaply, and extremely practical for long-term living. It would, of course, also serve as magnificent shop space.