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Finishing Touches: Barn Raising

We were excited about our house from the first showing on.
But soon after we moved in, B pointed out how shabby the garage was compared to the house.
He's right. Wanna see?

I know, garages aren't supposed to be glamorous.
But technically, this one started as a carport and got closed in two owners ago.
And it serves its purpose. But its life is getting shorter...

Enter my visionary husband.
He suggested building a double garage at the back of the house.
I got excited and suggested connecting it to the kitchen via a mudroom.
He added the idea of building a room on top of the garage/mudroom to connect to our upstairs landing by way of the window.

Whew. We are quite the team.

But something like that's expensive, even for DIYers.
It made me think about barns. (I love history. I love reading. I love reading about the Amish.)
Can you tell where this is going?

Why don't we do "barn raisings" for each other?
I think it would be fun to gather around our neighbors and raise barns...paint, deconstruct, remodel, build. Imagine pooling our talents for each other, and having a party at the same time.

I can see communities flourishing, as well as faith and friendship. And imagine all the projects that would get done (and the pizza that would be consumed)!

What projects would you like a barn raising for?


  1. Love this idea. We are just adding a potting shed to our backyard with barn wood all donated by people. And the frame structure was free too. We had neighbors help with adding windows as Eddie had no idea and we had about 8 guys come help move the swing set back about 4 feet as its a heavy all wood one that had been in the ground 17 years and sunk in quite a bit. Its a ongoing project but if we would not have had all the help we would not be this far. And if we could have had about 4-6 families help it would have been all done by now. And would have been alot of fun times and probably more ideas for our backyard in the process. We were trying to do this as cheap as possible --well not costing us much and so far its worked with scraps people were throwing away or did not need. You will have to come check it out. You can see it from the street if you drive slow. We will do all the shrubs next spring and have an older tree trimmed up later this fall then we can work on the other side of our yard!!! Just love this idea.


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