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September 15, 2011

Building Dreams Renovations of Old Shop

After 3 summers of slowing adding on and putting a new roof on the old shop, the work is finally done.


Work began 3 summers ago when we decided to pour concrete on the floor of the open shed.  The dust was always all over everything that was stored in there.  It was also decided maybe we should put a foundation under as it had been built directly on the ground.  The previous owners had built this shed in the early 80’s.

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Once that was done we decided to add a carport the next summer.  More concrete mixing again.

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Slowly that began to take shape with all the timber hubby had cut on the sawmill.  You also get a good idea here what the shed looked like before work started.

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Well for the 1st time in 20 years we had a place under cover to park our car.  So nice in the winter.


Now to summer of 2011 early summer began with logging again for trees to cut lumber on the sawmill for the new raised roof on the old part of the building. 

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Before starting on the new roof some trees close to the shed needed cutting.  At 73 hubby still climbs up to trim branches before cutting down the tree.  With a vehicle pulling one way and another friend and me pulling the other the tree landed perfectly.  As you can see it could have landed on our house.  There were 3 trees in total one was only 7 inches from the shed.  It was also laid perfectly right on top of the other one.

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Ready to begin work and decide on the slope we want and how high to go.  Some framing begins.  But still have to remove the old roof.

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It was up and down ladders hundreds of times for hubby.  Finally the old roof was completely removed.  Only one accident.  When one rafter had been cut and I was holding it to push over the wall I pushed hubby off the ladder so he let go of his end and my end came back down on my head.  Lucky I had my sweat shirt hood on for padding.

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Now that all the old roof had been removed hubby began framing with beams and lumber.

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Ladders everywhere, but it was starting to take shape.  The area was a disaster zone of old material, new material, saws and tools.

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Finally the new metal roof was put on and windows put in.  Rough cut siding from our mill was added to the top new portion.

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New and raised roof.  The inside is so nice now with lots of light that we had lost when the carport had been added.  Now hubby has a clean place for his saws and a nice work area.


I am one of the luckiest ladies to have a man who loves to build whatever I design.  He is the doer I am the designer.  Together we make a great working team.

May you have someone in your life that balances with your talents and have a
Good Morning…  Good Afternoon…   Good Night…
What ever it is to you..

Photo & Words
Here I Am/Carrie


TexWisGirl said...

oh, i am so jealous! in my next life, my hubby is going to be handy and mechanical! :)

john bord said...

The busy beaver

Becky said...

I so enjoyed the pictures with your story. I tend to remember pictures after the fact. My partner is the designer builder; I am the gofer/helper. I am so amazed that one day he will go out with stakes and some string. The next thing I know, there is a garage there. And it just happened this last week that he started work on a greenhouse in the orchard. I must remember to take pictures. Thank you.

Horst in Edmonton said...

Hi Carrie, your husband is a man after my own heart. I to love to build things, what stops me is a lack of money and body parts failing me. When I'm back to physical perfection, I will continue some of my projects.

Kaya said...

Hi Carrie, you are just one happy and lucky woman to have a husband who likes to built and work hard.

And I think you are very good at design. i would even not know where to start to built.....

When I looked at the first photo I said to myself that the end of your work should be good. And it's not only good it's great!!!!

That was a lot of work to do and I am sure it wasn't so easy.

Great pictures and fascinating story. I enjoyed it tremendously. I feel that I was with you both.

Greetings from me to you, Carrie.

Arlene said...

Loved that post, what an undertaking and such a fabulous outcome, it almost makes me wish I had a husband again, [note, I said AMOST,] but maybe I can borrow yours.
Thanks for your visit Carrie, I'm actually just about catching up, my visits. When we get to dog shows, it's the first place everyone heads for is the loo, after a journey of maybe three hours, it's dire, LOL

michiko said...

I enjoyed read your post and the pictures it was wonderful jobs.
You and your hubby are very good
company that two together build up
a beautiful home land thought IF your hubby is not handy man that is make a different story?
Your hubby cramps: After hard work a good idea to have a hot bath that make for a good circulation on his legs though a good idea to have a bath with him for your back too.

Have a wonderful weekend,

Mei said...

Lucky Carrie! Me Lucky too... but I am a loner now not a designer... I sack my 2 doer... father and son are like twin most the times! But I do proud of things they do for the house and garden, but their clutters... Aaaaaaaaaa!!!

May be I can call lucky... they still look after me and my car. :-) Should I be sad or happy? GOD know...

PS:Don't know where's the last comment gone, I'm trying again! Anyway, Have a good weekend Carrie!

Mei said...

I know, its not sign in! Silly me...

Light-In-A-Box said...

Hello Carrie, wow what a nice shop!
Very inspiring! I could feel very comfortable working in that shop with beautiful surroundings..

Leovi said...

No doubt a great job. You have been wonderful. I think that your effort has paid off.

Lisa RedWillow said...

Hi Carrie,
You and your husband work so hard and together .Thats what it takes . Your a team. Wonderful photos and the series is a wonderful memory to always have. I guess you know as well as I do work and sweat come with alot of pain and not all the streams in life run smooth and get out of sorts.
Wishing you a week full of smooth rivers a calming breeze and try and fine sometime to relax.
Were just getting busy here on the farm. Life is beautiful today.
Much Love my dear friend.

Lisa RedWillow said...

I love your series of photos on the side. You could do a book on just the Ranch. xo

Fotokarusellen said...

A wonderful post. Beautiful work.

Janie said...

Huge project, and what a relief to have this done before your winter! I have seen your snow on the blog from last year, and WOW. Charming and neat. Are you happy to be back home from your trip? More important do you enjoy living in the cold snowy winters?

GreatGranny said...

How wonderful to have the home you and hubby have worked so hard for. It's just beautiful. I love the murals on the siding, wondering if you did that

Miguel Iglesias said...

Un trabajo hermoso. Se nota todo el amor que los rodea. Bello paisaje los rodea. Felicitaciones.

GreatGranny said...

Arlene gave me the Sunshine Award and I'd like to pass it to you if you don't have it.
There are so many on blogger who really deserve it and you're one.

Arti said...

Hard work but the final result is just as sweet!! Loved the pictorial journey and the narration...
Have a fabulous sunday:)

Arlene said...

What a shame that you threw away your bread maker, you could have got a new paddle thing, oh well, what's done can't be undone. I like the second photo down, I've copied it off and I would like to have a go at painting it, WHEN I get the time, I do like the arrangement of it.

Mei said...

Thankyou for your comment Carrie! :-)))))))))))) Love you, got to leave my laptop now, work work work... clean clean clean! :-( Mei

Mei said...

Thankyou for your comment Carrie! :-)))))))))))) Love you, got to leave my laptop now, work work work... clean clean clean! :-( Mei

ioan moldovan said...

Faci fotografii frumoase. Felicitari!

Anonymous said...

The project though alot of work is beautiful may you both enjoy all the fruit of your teamwork("-")