Building A Homestead Barn

Homestead Barn

Building our barn!

When we moved here in 1999, there was no barn. And no yard and basically, just a house and an outhouse. So we had a lot of work to do to make this place our home. We did not really mind that we had no electric coming to it. And it was very quiet here at that time. We had both been influenced by Backwoods Home Magazine and some other homesteading magazines. None of that really bothered us as we were not using a computer at that time. We had one, but it was packed away for the time being.

Building The Second Floor

Building the second floor

How can you have a homestead if you do not have a barn? My husband had been piecing it together one little bit at a time. Once we had the horses here, then he knew he had to get started for sure. My horse, Georgie Girl badly wanted a barn. So he built our lean-to which is right next to the spot he wanted to put the  barn. Soon that was built and they were using it, but the barn was just a basic frame of what he wanted. The biggest problem was that there was no place to put the hay or the tack. 

Barn Stairs

Nikita’s favorite spot!

Our horses took interest in the barn going up. As did our dog, Nikita, who was jealous of the cats who went up on top of the frame of the roof. It was a happy day indeed, for Nikita, when my husband came in to get her to see the new stairs he had built while she was in the house sleeping. She was so excited! I can still see that day in my mind, now, long after she is gone. After the stairs were up, she could go up on the second floor and help with the building. She always felt she was needed up there with my  husband.

Building the second floor!

Building the second floor!

Soon it was up and the animals were all happy. I think they were happier than we were. Having a good dry place to store the hay was pretty nice. Up until then we had been storing it in our old Ford van. It worked, but made the yard look ugly. I was happy to see it hauled out of here. Now our horses have been used to having a barn that they can go in and out of whenever they choose. Changes around here always improve our life.

Cat on Top of Barn

Hobo liked being on top!

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Copyright © 2013 Kathleen G. Lupole
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I Love Barns!

Barn In Summer

 My husband built our barn using manual tools and the chainsaw to cut the wood. It came out pretty good and houses our three horses, hay and all kinds of things stored in there. It is sturdy, water proof and wind proof, so far.  He always says, “The barn is the heart of the homestead.” It is.

Loomis Barn

This barn is on the old Loomis property not far from my house. The house is built of stone and is big and beautiful. I used to drive by this house all the time, and imagined how it must have been to live there back in the old days. It was empty for years and appeared to be a “camp.” Now this year it has been bought by a new owner. The barn has been painted, the house cleaned up, and the yard and fields cleared. It is an awesome property! It is also historical, having belonged to the prominent Loomis family in the past.

Red Barn

 This is a barn on a road not far from our home. It is on a working farm and always looks so nice. It is out in a secluded area also and the views are beautiful. I’d love a barn this big that was in such good shape. Wouldn’t you? 

Corbin Rd Barn

My friend used to live at the house, which was an old schoolhouse that had this barn. It was quite nice inside, and surprises you, because it did not look that nice from the outside. It did not have enough land for horses, even though we have a small property, our property is set up better for them. Anyway, this is the barn. Not much there. It is quite old and usable. No place to store things, but it would work for smaller critters, such as sheep or goats or a small quiet horse.

Old Barn In Tunnel

  This barn is along the drive to my father’s house. It intrigues me. I love the old, unpainted barns! They have such character! My husband said his grandfather’s barn was not painted ever. Then his parents moved there after his grandparents died. And his father painted the barn red. Almost immediately it rotted. It ruined it by painting it. Most people think the opposite. Maybe when it is new and you paint it, then it will protect it. Not after years of no paint, I guess. I will keep an eye on the Loomis barn, as it has been painted recently. Time will tell!

Arc Barn Guilford NY Awesome barn!


Copyright © 2012 Kathleen G. Lupole
All Photographs Copyright © 2012 Kathleen G. Lupole