Our mowers, our snowblower, and our tiller live under a tarp. There is no room under roof to house them. The big barn is consumed by Husband’s business, and the small barn contains the rabbits, the extra freezer, and our manual tools.
As Husband develops a plan to build our house, he has many tools in mind. But when even the equipment we have must remain outdoors all winter, where are we to store additional items?
A barn! A barn! My kingdom for a barn!
Okay, I don’t have a kingdom. And if I did, I doubt I’d give it up for a barn.
The rabbit barn floods in the spring, when the snow melts and the rains fall. The plan then, is to build a larger barn on higher ground, and take down the rabbit barn. (We wouldn’t mind keeping it, but building codes dictate a maximum of two outbuildings.)
I love the look of a barn with a gambrel roof. It is what the rabbit barn has, and I find it a pleasing design. It seems that’s what a barn ought to look like. So, I said I wanted something like this:
image from keystonebarns.com
But Husband found that gambrel roof barns cost about 30 percent more than barns with regular roofs. And the cost was a lot higher than I expected, having never built a barn before. I considered lowering my expectations and getting a barn without the classic gambrel roof. Something like this:
image from barntoolbox.com
But the more we thought about it, the more we realized that if we spent money on a barn, it would be just that much longer before we were able to make our house a reality.
Because this is too tiny to live in:
An agreement was made. For now, we’ll get a temporary shelter for the equipment. Something like this:
(Except without the car, of course.)
And for the new tools and for work space while husband labors on the house we’ll also get something like this:
It’s not as pretty, but it’s much more economical, and that will allow us to get started on the house sooner.
Someday, we’ll build a pretty barn. But today, finances win.