I finally feel like I am at a place to share this post. The barn is about done, and I love it. From original thought to today has been eight months, though I challenge this was thought about long before I knew the plan. It is a pre-engineered, pre-cut, color-coded post and beam building kit from Country Carpenters in Hebron, CT. I learned of them through my contractor, and it turns out there are two more barns in my town from Country Carpenters (and I believe there will be even more soon). My wife, dogs and I made the trip to Hebron last summer to check out what they offer. It is worth the drive. Bill was my contact there, he toured us around the property where they have five or so barns set up for display. You can pick out features you like, customize it to your needs and they get you plans and walk you through the process step by step. Incredible customer service, I paid to have them arrive with the delivery and work the first day with my builders. Two trucks, one crane and two guys from Country Carpenters showed up on November 27th at 8 am, by 4 pm I had a frame set up in my yard that resembled a barn.
After that my builders took over, Tucker Construction of Bellingham. Justin and his crew built an addition on my house a few years back. I knew they would do a great job, but this is over and above. The custom additions to the kit are incredible, the attention to detail, the craftsmanship, add in that a project like this is stressful even in the best of situations, Justin just keeps it all on track and by doing so kept me sane, or as sane as one could expect. If you want to get a feel for his work follow him on Instagram. The barn does not look this great without him, and I can not recommend his work enough.
In addition, I had excellent service from some other local Medway businesses, Dan O’DriscollLand Surveying Co. Jim Daniels of James Daniels Electric did an incredible job on the electrical, I have a ton of exposed walls and open studs being a barn and Jim made it look awesome. His attention to detail in the wires, seems simple but I have had so many compliments on how organized it all looks. To have lights and outlets where I need them and even more important not where I don’t need them is fantastic. And heating this place was not easy, but Mike of Total Comfort Solutions got me up, running and warm while working hard to stay within my budget. Thank you to everyone who had a part in this project, the results speak for themselves.
For those who are local and would like to see it all in person I am holding an open house this weekend. Saturday, March 2nd, 10-3. Stop on by, 19 Lincoln St. I will be shooting We Are Medway Photos, I will have Cuba, Iceland and other photos for sale and I am currently booking sessions in the new space.
Last, I did a time lapse, from the first day of the digging to the last boards were put inside. I think this should be called how to spend a ton of money in three and a half minutes. Check it out along with some more inside shots below.