Several of you have asked for me to post the barn renovation photos. I had posted them on my old blog, but could never make the slide show work.
This phase of the renovation, which involved converting 90 square meters, or about 1,000 square feet of old stall into a kitchen, dining area, pottery studio, washing facility and heating room, took approximately 100 days and was finished the day before the first seasonal guests arrived on May 7th.
On day one of the renovation, we removed the first bricks from an interior wall to create a doorway between two stall areas. The vaulted brick ceilings immediately started to buckle and we had to run around, collect iron poles and support the ceiling, remove the entire wall, build and pour a rebar reinforced cement arch.
On day ten of the renovation, while digging the back of the building out of the hill it had been built into, it was quickly realized that the back of the building had no foundation. We lost the back wall of the building, and on the next day, the roof on that end of the barn.
Other than that, things went fairly well, and the result is fabulous.
We will start Phase Two of the Renovation in about 6 weeks. A new guest room, a new wine cellar and tool room.
Wish us luck!
Here is the slide show: