THIS OLD BARN

Farm & Ranch Living - - CONTENTS - MICHELLE DRIESSEN MAPLE GROVE, MIN­NE­SOTA

MY HUS­BAND, JERRY, AND I OWN this 32-by-50-foot barn on land in ru­ral Canby, Min­ne­sota. When we bought it in 2011, it was in great need of re­pair. A new metal roof was in­stalled in 2012, elec­tri­cal in 2013 and wood sid­ing in 2014; fresh paint fol­lowed in 2015. We also re­paired the doors and hay­mow floor and added rus­tic slab stairs built from trees in our woods. We hired out only the roof and elec­tri­cal work. My fa­ther, Jim, re­paired the cupola. An old glass light­ning rod ball and a horse weather vane fin­ished the job. It was truly a la­bor of love. The com­pleted restora­tion co­in­cided with our 25th wed­ding an­niver­sary, and we cel­e­brated with a barn-warm­ing party in June 2015.

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