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Today I am sharing our big post and beam barn renovation because we have nothing better to do and are totally bored (just kidding….we are crazy with projects ….see our Mediterranean Home Projects here) we decided to renovate our big post and beam barn this year and seal it up. When we moved here this past February, we stored a ton of stuff from our old house inside as we moved in the dead of winter and had the freezing cold temps and snow to contend with. It was a mad dash to get out of our old house and into our new one on a tight time frame.
The post and beam barn was added by the previous owner about 10 years ago. We planned on tackling this project next year but you know how that goes, you get on a role and can’t stop. My dad wanted to seal it up before this winter came so we decided to add board and batten strips to the outside to seal up the cracks. The barn doors were not attached to the barn, they were leaning as the hinges had ripped out of the barn wall.
Here is the barn before.
Big Post and Beam Barn Renovation
The roof needed some new shingles so we also are addressing that.
The board and batten strips will keep the rain and snow from blowing inside and help keep it dry.
My dad had his guys from work reinforce the header that was supporting the doors and add a new beam to attach the doors too. The doors are really big and heavy so we needed to make sure they were secure.
Since the board and batten strips have been added, the barn looks a little ridiculous. They are light colored and the rest of the barn is weathered.
My dad said, “oh no big deal, they will weather in about 10 years and look like the rest of the wood.”
Needless to say, we need to stain the barn. I am on the hunt for inspiration pictures of stained barns. I was thinking about staining it the color of our front door to help coordinate the barn and house.
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A reader on our Instagram account account suggested maybe staining the roof the color of the front door and a lighter color on the barn. I think I like that idea. What do you think? I will share more our our Big Post and Beam Barn Renovation project as it progresses but please leave me a comment below with your stain color suggestions. PS. we are also planning to add a chicken coop off the side of the barn and a covered pen, yes….we are getting chickens! Just what we need right?
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