25 May 2005
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This is my new barn. My brother built it (Thanks
James!). That's him standing in the "before" picture. It
only took him a couple hours to build the entire thing. I took a
few pictures of the build site, then I took my brother down to see my
neighbor's barn and we took a few more pictures. Then he used his
magic computer to disassemble my neighbor's barn, move it around,
change it's size and layout, then reassemble it where I want my
barn. All that's left to do now is figure out how to turn the
computer picture into reality.
The picture is actually fairly accurate. I may use a different
color. Or I may go with the same green. I'll probably add
some stairs leading from the rock wall by the cars up to the drying
deck on top. The large concrete "basement" will be my coffee
storage room. The middle floor will be my workshop, parking and
storage for all the farm equipment. The coffee pulper will go
upstairs on the drying deck. The back of the drying deck will be the
same height as the hillside behind the barn. It's difficult to see the
hill in this picture but it's perfectly situated so I can drive right
up to the top level of the barn to unload freshly picked coffee
cherries, then drive down to the bottom of the barn where the dried
coffee parchment will be stored after it's processed. The coffee
will go from the drying deck down to the storage room through a trap
door and chute.
I plan to start actual construction of the barn as soon as I can get
all the necessary blueprints, permits, materials and finances.
Hopefully that will be later this summer. I'm sure I'll be
posting more pictures as the project progresses. It'll be
interesting to see how the final product compares to the concept art.