Our New DYI Project: Standing Seam Metal Roof

We have been planning what to do with our “shed” across the street since the day we moved to the Long Shot Farm.  This building has a great cemented foundation, relatively decent windows and the entire building was at one time insulated.  However, the roof had been home to a significant holiday display each winter, including Santa, a sleigh and reindeer – permanent metal railings had even been installed on the roof to anchor this contraption.  Sadly, these decorations caused the roof to sag in the middle – which meant that fixing up the shed is a much more complex project that first hoped…so we had to put if off a while.



Jeff and Tina started on
Friday afternoon

Luckily, earlier this year we were able to purchase a very nice standing seam metal roofing system from a contractor friend at a very reasonable price.  But with the fruit and garden, we just had very little time to devote to the project.  We worked on it off and on – emptying the shed, tearing out all the inside boards and removing the old insulation.  We also reinforced to roof from below, by first using metal chains to “pull” the building together, and then installing additional joists.


Progress by Friday evening

For the last week or so, Jeff has been cutting the pieces of roofing panels to the correct size – we need 22 pieces of each side of the roof.  This weekend we finally got to install some of it.  Tina and Jeff started on Friday evening,  tearing down the bottom row of the old asphalt shingles, and reinforcing the edge by attaching 2×4’s below the roof.  We then installed the drip edge, which is part of the roofing system on both sides of the roof.  The next step involved attaching sheets of house wrap on top of the old shingles, to protect the new metal roof from scratching – we did this with simple roofing nails.  We actually attached only about 2 ft of the plastic sheeting, and kept the rest rolled up – since this sheeting is very slippery, and the asphalt shingles provided a lot of traction while working on the roof. 
Then we finally got to attached the first panel with the appropriate brackets, and then snapped the next panel onto it.  We managed to get the first three panels up before it got too dark. 

Jens and Zach were both around to lend a hand on Saturday, which speeded up the process a lot.  Of course with the 3 boys around, there was also some goofing off….especially when it came to teasing Tina (who does not like to work on roofs)

We finished the first half of the roof by Saturday evening.



Finished first side by Saturday

Sunday was spent mostly playing with Toben and Fiona, and visiting with their parents, as well as with Grammy and Ruth from Bedford county.


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Refininshing Furniture – Just in Time!

Part of getting ready to help Anja and Duff move to Boston was keeping a very old promise:  to refinish our old baby bed and strip and finish a baby dresser.  Somehow, in the middle of picking blackberries, I had forgotten that I was to do this – and was gently reminded to not forget to bring the baby bed and dresser along for the move.  OOPS!  With less than a week to go, Jeff disassembled the crib, sanded it down, reglued and reassembled the entire bed, so that Tina could apply several coats of polyurethane.  At the same time, Tina stripped 3 layers of old paint and old stickers off a baby dresser which probably was made in the 40’s or 50’s (judging from the looks of the old stickers under the coats of paint).  Both pieces of furniture got several coats of polyurethane.  The last two coats were wet-sanded, meaning the polyurethane was applied with 400 grit sandpaper.  We just had enough days – luckily the moving “party” arrived one day later than planned on the way from Pittsburgh to Boston – and both pieces made it onto the truck for delivery.

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Barn Transformation Complete!

We finished the downstairs barn renovation project:

  • Pointed all the stone walls (3 walls)
  • Dug out the old dirt floor, ran drainage pipes and cemented it
  • Tore out the old horse stalls, cow stanchions and feed troughs
  • Installed new windows
  • Installed new entrance door
  • Build window frames using oak boards from the old horse stalls
  • sanded polyurethaned window frames
  • Rebuilt the one wooden wall
  • Drywalled and painted the interior of the wooden wall
  • Refaced the outside of the barn walls that were not stone
  • Closed off sections between old beams toward the outside
  • Completed rewired everything
  • New outside and inside lighting
  • Painted all new sections of the barn “barn red”
  • Build a “crush pad”
  • Installed railing on crushpad, painted it barn red also

All this in less than a year – and just in time for the wedding!

What Color to Choose

Finally finished “mudding” and sanding all the drywall – quite a challenge with all the crooked old beams and rough edges.  Even found time to “prime” the drywall during the week.  We finally had to make a decision for the color of the walls – our choices, we decided, were limited by the colors found in the various stones of the barn walls.  Upon closer examination of the stones, there were a myriad of colors.  Jeff’s preference was for a “real color”, not another version of beige or brown, which narrowed our choices somewhat.  We ended up narrowing our search to a rosy sort of brick color or a darkish purple.  We got chips from both rocks, took those to Lowes and tried matching them to paint strips – then bought 4 sample colors.  The dark purple shade, called “Smoked Mulberry”  was the one!

Barnwedding Countdown – Less than 2 weeks

We made lots of progress this weekend with finishing the barn in time for the wedding : 

  • Painted the railing on the crush pad
  • Painted siding on the front and side of the barn
  • 3rd coat of drywall put on and sanded inside
  • Window frames built from old boards we took off the horse stalls
  • Cut and painted boards for wedding signs