It is truly amazing to watch these hard-working Amish gentlemen take the barn down piece by piece and then re-build it. They started with the roof. Their goal is to remove the old roof, reinforce the rafters and then put the new roof back on as quickly as possible to protect the structure and wood on the interior of the barn. We have been praying daily over all of these men to keep them safe, especially with how high the barn roof is, its actually kind of scary to watch. The project was started a little over a week ago and the roof is completely finished! It really looks amazing and had we not started this renovation I'm not quite sure how much longer that old roof would have lasted. There were actually two layers that needed to be removed, the old first shingle layer and then someone years ago must of repaired the roof by just placing slate shingles over top. The weight of the roof was so heavy that some of the rafters and beams had started to bend. They were able fix all of the issues and the roof looks amazing.
We still have a long way to go, but it's really exciting to see the progress!! I cannot wait to see the new windows and big barn doors that will go in to add some light on the inside and make "The Barn" a really special place to host a wedding or event! Here are some of the pictures so far! Make sure to sign up for our Newsletter for our weekly updates on "The Barn" renovation!! Check out this sneak peak on what the future holds.
One last thing, my Dad heard that every barn has a coin that is put in when it was originally built. We are still looking for the coin in hopes to find the exact year that the barn was built. Has anyone else heard this? When we asked our Amish builders they had not heard of it before, but we are still hopeful.
We continue to trust God every step of the way!!!
-Chris & Becca
"We live by faith, not by sight."
2 Corinthians 5:7