Wintertime Is Work Time On Our Homestead Construction Projects

Reader Contribution by Cheryl In Texas
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The first project we tackled in the fall was a deck at our back sliding glass door.  It was still pretty warm out this fall, but doable. 

The builder left us these steps.  We don’t even think they used treated lumber, and after three years, they were getting downright dangerous.  I don’t think it even took us five minutes to tear them apart.

We built an 8 x 16 foot deck instead.

We decided to mimic our fencing style instead of using traditional balusters/spindles.  It’s safe, but has an open feel and doesn’t block our view of our beloved pasture.  🙂

Notice how all the pictures are photobombed by our furry kids in the sliding glass door?  HA

The next big project on the list was a shelter for our growing herd of longhorn cows.

We went with a loafing shed structure that is 10 x 32 feet.  (The roof is 12 x 34 feet.)

The project begins. The week of Christmas was unseasonably warm, so we were yet again working in shorts and t-shirts.  But with all of our weekends that have been “rained out” so far this fall, we’ll take it.

Don’t let anyone tell you a minivan can’t be a farm truck!  It’s all about making do with what you’ve got. (This was just one of several trips.)

Rafters ready to be installed.

We still have a little bit of framing to do.  But we’ve discovered that the roofing and walls are the most expensive part of the project.  So unfortunately, those will have to come a little bit each paycheck.  But we’ll get there.  If only we had a woodworking shop/barn for those logs stacked there.  That wood will make beautiful woodworking projects some day!

Thanks to my sister-in-law, this has come to be known as the “Cow Cabana” (thanks Krista!). 🙂

We’ll keep you posted on the progress as the Cow Cabana comes together.

Until next time, worms rock, bees rule and chickens are my Zen.

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