Barn Building Series: That's Something To Be Proud Of

Rabbit, rabbit. A year of the ranch, in review.

It's a new year, and while hate is a strong word, 2020, we really, really, really did not enjoy you. However, even though last year came with many struggles, it was an incredible year of growth for the ranch property.

No sooner did we move into our new home at the tail end of 2019, we began designing our barn and coordinating the approvals and purchase of the materials. The Ranch Team sourced an antique tractor, got it running after sitting through 15 Maine winters as a lawn ornament, and by April 3rd, 2020, we began clearing ground.

The woodlands were thick, rooted, covered in wet foliage, dense pines and hardwoods. It was difficult to walk through, nevermind clear-cut. The Ranch Team got a first hand lesson in being lumber-jacks, figuring out the best way to chainsaw a tree, and fell it correctly. They then turned the driveway into a lumber yard, splitting and processing wood for winter and bonfires.

The lot began to take shape, and the Ranch Team then put on their engineering caps, and constructed a road. It was formed with efficient flow from the pre-existing tote-road leading to the lot, and made level, derooted, and derocked, then packed solid enough for the tractors, trucks, and heavy equipment to be driven over it.

Part of ranching, we have discovered, is becoming a jack of all trades. We've learned things we didn't realize we'd ever need to know. We've used geometry, algebra, and the Pythagorean Theorem before breakfast some days, to figure out how to construct portions of our project. Experienced farmers and ranchers, and construction workers, are some of the smartest people on the planet - don't let anyone tell you otherwise (we have a totally new respect for them). Stay in school, kids.

Once the lot was completely cleared and the barn kit has been put on order (which also took months of planning and design for the utmost functionality and budgeting), the next step was figuring out how to properly operate forklifts and accept delivery of massive lumber trusses, and metal materials, windows, and doors that had to be carried from the road, almost a mile into the woods.