When we started planning the renovation we never really thought about all of the little details to plan as part of the restoration. When Christian our builder asked us if we would like a Cupola, I really had no idea what he was talking about. So after a little explaining, a "Cupola" is basically the small structure that goes on the top of the roof that can provide ventilation to the building and also acts as a ground for lightening storms. You see these on barns across the country in all different shapes and sizes. Since our barn is relatively large, our Cupola is actually 5 feet by 5 feet. It was quite large close up. But now that its up on the roof it looks perfect.
In addition, you can see from the pictures that they are placing new boards on the outside of the beams. These will help to reinforce the structure of the barn, but once the siding goes on you will not be able to see them from the inside. The goal is to maintain the structure of the barn on the inside so you can still see all of the old beams that the barn was built with back in the 1800's.
We are really excited with the progress. There is still a lot to be done, but Christian and his team are working extremely hard to make every last detail perfect.
Until next time....
Chris & Becca Lynde