Wrapping up. Seven weeks to go.
As the new metal roof started going on the Barn, we moved the wood shop into the Dairy Barn. Michael focused on assembling the windows for the house. Jordon had minor surgery and was put on light duty; painting. Harry and I were working on glazing (I think we glazed over 400 panes in all). I was also starting on the columns. We brought on another carpenter named Thom (while Jordon was out of commission). Thom rebuilt the front door frame and then moved on to trimming out the porch deck and steps.
So, with 3 weeks left to the reunion, we had most of the porch ready, and the windows and part of the front door were installed.
I had been back to the Building Department and answered all the questions. As it turns out, the permit that they had initially issued, for an Accessory Structure, was flawed because there was no Principal Structure on the property to be “accessory” to. It actually ended up working out well for all concerned that I wanted to turn the shed into a house. They even let me keep it unfinished with no heat.
The drain field and the Health Department turned out to be a bit of a problem, but on July 7th we finally got our amended building permit. I had been hoping to have all the walls up before the Reunion. We did manage to get the floor deck of the addition finished. We located a tent on it for the reunion.
The pressure was becoming a bit infectious. Michael and Jordon even worked on a weekend. After Scott Johnston had finished his tree work for the day, he asked if we wanted some help with the framing and joined in.
With that same one week to go, the masons arrived to start laying up the walls of the new barn ramp. We were cutting it close.
The last day
Family members started coming in on Thursday night before the Reunion and were all on hand on Friday along with the considerable contribution of Andrea and the “Kinloch” crew (Jay and Adam in particular) to help pull it all together.
Robin Brundage told me afterwards that when he saw the place that Friday morning, he thought there was no way it could be ready in time, but we all pulled together. A massive effort on everyone’s part.
With all the inviting that I did to get people to play music at the reunion, there was at least a little bit after the cake on Saturday night. To my knowledge, this was the first time music was played in the barn; certainly the first time that I ever did. July 15, 2017