It’s been a year now, living in Big Girl, my 1920s house of (must be love or crazy) restoration… I must admit, time has flown, why couldn’t it of gone this fast during the restoration part! I honestly don’t know where the time goes, really. Thankfully, I opted for no cable or TV and I don’t miss it, (well ok i sort of miss those great house shows, you know DIY programs, house restoring, barn salvage you name it, if it had anything to do with restoration, salvage or remodeling I watched it). Now I can’t ven imagine where I would have the time to partake in TV.. must be all my projects I have going on..
So what’s a girl to do, after she finishes a 1920s house restoration! Let me tell you, I found other things to add to the property like a “She Barn”, you you know what I mean! The girls “barn”, a girls retreat, a she-cave, the girls domain, a she-shed, call it what you like. In a nutshell it’s basically a place all dressed up with girly things, shabby chic, antiques, crafting things, a gagillion half finished crafting or antique rehab projects ( ok maybe not that many unfinished projects) and all the fun girl tools you could want in there: sewing machines, glue, glitter, paint, paper etc….and of course a fully stocked wine bar (maybe thats why my projects are half done)!! This is where all my girlfriends can come over and gather to be like a “Junk Gypsy” and laugh, chat and finish the day with glue under our nails, glitter in our hair and spray paint on our clothes (and red wine stained teeth)!
The big dilemma for me when I came up with this idea was how to make the She-barn (she-shed) look like the age of the house? How do I make the barn structure look like it belongs on the property with Big Girl. I found my answer when I started to google architectural renderings of all the old barns. I quickly found out that I was drawn to the designs of candlewood barns. I got rather lucky when I found A gentleman out of upstate New York who had architectural drawings and plans for sale of candlewood barns. And me being an avid online shopper ( I found him on Amazon of all places!) quickly hit purchase, and within two days I had my three sets of architectural prints delivered and off we go! Of course like-with all my projects ( and my cooking recipes for that matter) I love to change things up, add to the recipe or the design, make it my own! This project has been no different
I won’t bore you with all the details of the myriad delays including weather; finding the right person to do the concrete (because I opted to put the barn on a concrete slab instead of pier and beam); my favorite carpenter hurting his back; finding a new frame crew. Well darn I just bored you with all the details. So there were some definite alterations to the existing plans that I had to make for my property. But there is no doubt the design itself is perfect for my ideal She-Barn, to me when its done this will be my ultimate she-shed on steroids, my home away from home ( less than 100 ft from the main house that is!), my ultimate crafting oasis, girl shed, sister retreat, girlfriend gathering barn house!
Can’t wait to finish the outside and share with you the finished result then it’s off to the inside which we have already started! I’m ecstatic and I think Big Girl (the house) is happy to with her new little sister “Little Girl”.. I know I am !