Barn Restoration

McEwen FarmsOur farm is blessed with a Swedish Hung Barn. It was built in the 1880’s. After I took over the farm, it was discovered that the barn had some serious structural damage. The original masonry was crumbling and the north wall was buckling. If immediate repairs were not made the barn could collapse.

Although repairs would be expensive, I would never be able to recreate a barn with this character and beauty. Therefore, I decide to restore out barn.

The restoration began in the fall of 2010. The first action was to raise the loft off of the original walls.

McEwen Farms barn restoration

McEwen Farms

This enabled us to remove the old walls and build new concrete walls. We preserved the original stone for use in our gardens.

McEwen Farms

McEwen Farms

McEwen Farms

After the new walls were finished, the barn was reset upon them. This action saved the barn from immediate danger. We also shored up the inside timbers during the process.

McEwen Farms

It is almost impossible to replace the wood used in the original construction. It is fortunate that the old white oak is in such good shape.

We finished the basic restoration before winter stopped our work.

McEwen Farms

There is still considerable work to be accomplished before the barn can be used for livestock. The interior needs to be rehabilitated. We are working through this process this summer. We will continue to update as we progress. 

On August 15 we will finish pouring the concrete for the floor.

This the state of the current barn floor: