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Nine Days at Barn House

July 9, 2011
I’ve taken a little time to shoot a few photos and to describe the first nine days in Barn House. It has been hectic but exciting to see the classroom space begin to come together.  We’ve started fixing and renewing one classroom and will continue the others  in between classes.  Have a look at my journal entries below the pictures to get a summary of our progress.  Thank you to our share holders, other contributors, our student volunteers and to Don, Nick,  Don Jr., Sabrina, Lisa, Gary Keister and Bobbi who have been a vital part of moving forward .
 

Back of the barn, small house and garage. Classrooms on main level.

Looking at the Needlework Room

Closeup of the Needlework Room and Garden

Susan Lenarz dropped in to paint classroom

Lorraine also helped paint

Don Jr. working with the telephone system

Don emerging from the crawl space of barn

Getting this classroom ready for July 13th

Its been a hectic time getting ready for the first classes. The past owners are not able to move until the end of July so we are working on the main floor – classrooms, small house (office space) and garage.  We travel back and forth each day.  Here is a neatened up view of my work journal :

July 1 –  Classroom #1 – Nick and Don have been working on the 1600 sq. ft. classroom – still getting grids up for  ceiling tiles and putting lighting in. Twenty seven new light fixtures with four fluorescent tubes in each for a total of 108 tubes. We can now see in every corner of the room. Lots of reflected light from the ceiling tiles too.

 Computers have been moved into office space.  blu sky it (Don Harker Jr.) sets up communication with microwave internet system. An access space has to be cut into the attic to house all the wires. Yes, we are in communication with the world.

July 2, 3 and 4 – Bobbi and I started taping and putting primer coat on the walls.  There are six doors and thirteen windows in this room so taping is not insignificant. Penny joins us on the 4th of July.  Ceiling and lights continue.

July 5, 6, 7,8, 9 –  The crawl space under the barn has to be investigated and so it is. Unexpected but necessary work here. An unidentified dead animal is carried out. Plumbing – Don and Nick have added a waste line for the installation of our sinks in the paint room. 

 Painting continues but an end is in sight for this room.

I moved many of my threads and needlework tools into a large closet.  This made me feel infinitely better.

Don Jr. is back again to see that the phones work.  We even have the same phone number as before. When I asked him if we were set to go he said: I’ve set them up properly, now print out the User Guide  (83 pages) so everyone knows how to use the phone system.   Writing this has been a lovely rest but now I have to go back to work .  See you soon.  Gail

8 Comments leave one →
  1. Penny Peters permalink
    July 10, 2011 1:02 am

    Wow! What a lot of progress since I left Tuesday evening. Looks like we’ll make it for the class that begins July 13. The exterior shots look so inviting. It’s the perfect setting! See you on Monday and thanks for the progress report. Penny

  2. July 10, 2011 4:01 am

    Wow is right!
    Wish I could be there for you Gail!
    We are in the throws of selling and moving also……….so I know how it feels.
    However your is on a much grander scale.
    Can’t wait to come and visit.
    Anni

  3. July 10, 2011 4:10 am

    Yes the exterior shot does look so calm and inviting. Good thing it doesn’t show the chaos inside. But we are finished for tonight . Tomorrow is a new day. Good luck on your move Anni.

  4. Jill Taylor permalink
    July 10, 2011 5:26 am

    I can only imagine that it is the adrenaline rush of the lovely new spaces that is keeping your energy levels up. I shall try to bring you a few colourful pieces of homework as a reward when I come for the July 23 Sapphires class. Or perhaps wine. Jill T.

  5. Nancy Piepenbring permalink
    July 11, 2011 2:11 pm

    It looks absolutely beautiful! I can’t wait to come see, and be a part once again of your wonderful studio!

  6. Barbara Fox permalink
    July 13, 2011 12:24 am

    Wow, you’ve done a tremendous amount of work! I look forward to continuing studies in this new place. See you August 3.

  7. Lexa permalink
    July 13, 2011 3:17 am

    I have been checking to see when the first of the photos hit the airwaves. It looks heavenly! Much more homey than the last place with the gardens. I wish I could be there to help as the work is incredible. Am sad that I won’t see it until October.

  8. Leslie B. permalink
    July 14, 2011 12:45 am

    Thanks for sharing your journal and pics with us- the new setting looks beautiful with classroom views of established gardens. Wish I lived closer so that I could help. A chuckle about one of our moves (we were much younger then!) involved moving a washer that was FULL of wet winter wear – I tried to warn hubby but he responded with “no, I don’t want to hear anything…” so, I kept quiet and let him and a friend wrestle the behemoth from one house to another. When they had it positioned and were congratulating each other on their moving feat (given the enormous weight) I lifted the lid and showed them the soggy passengers! Surprisingly, we are still married!
    See you in October!

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