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    Windows, Walls, & Floors, Oh My!

    Our last post left you wondering what was next for the Farmstead as there were so many steps that needed to be taken! After a short hiatus through the fall to ensure we were meeting township requirements while also obtaining funding, we have been back at it! December was an exciting month. We had purchased our sleek, black windows last summer but had to wait so very long to have them placed. Framing needed to be completed along the back wall of the reception space. For quite a while, a blue tarp was the only thing separating us from the cold! As things fell into place, the framing went up,…

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    Well, That Was Fast

    As for construction updates, I believe we left off with us getting building permits. Well… quite a bit has happened since those “gold tickets” came into our possession! July was a huge month for Tretton Farmstead. Each morning, Zak and I would head out to the barn to see the progress, and each morning we would stare in awe. One day, the downstairs floors were leveled out. Another day, we had giant holes in the ground. Another day, we had new posts and the ground was level again. It has been quite the site seeing how quickly our crew has worked, so we know we need to share it with…

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    Bringing in Reinforcements

    Zak and I have always joked – the universe seems to align in certain ways that make it clear what our path should be. This happens throughout every aspect of our lives, but particularly this barn. Coincidences occur at every turn, and the one I’m about to describe was definitely in our favor. A few weeks ago, our architect brought up the fact that we should be thinking about lighting – now. While the groundwork was being done in the barn, things like lighting needed to be accounted for to ensure we had electricity going where it needed to. He invited us to tour one of the barns he designed…

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    Time to Build

    It’s an exciting time at Tretton Farmstead. After months… actually YEARS of working on this project, we have been given the go-ahead by the township to start construction. That’s right, folks! We have building permits! We are fortunate enough to have a team who explains each step of restoring this barn to us. I can tell you right now, my fiance and I had no idea how much work it truly takes. There are so many considerations that had not even crossed our minds two years ago when we bought the property. Did you know that bank barn walls are at risk for bulging? Or that land surveys can take…

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    Demo Day

    If you’ve been following the barn’s progress on our Instagram or Facebook, you’ll know that the demolition started about two months ago! It has definitely been more than just a demo “day”, however. It has been more like demo months! Our crew has moved quickly in preparing the barn for the construction phase, removing damaged wood while setting aside salvageable wood for future projects (stay tuned)! Let’s take a look at the progress so far… The team started by clearing out the first floor. This included the wood paneling dividing the downstairs into sections, removing the old concrete floors, and cleaning the beautiful limestone. Moving upstairs, they began removing the…

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    Where It All Began…

    For over a year, I had been searching for “old farm house” with the filter “5+ acres” on Zillow.com. Zak and I were currently renting an 1820’s farmhouse in Landsale, where our patience was running thin with the issues the house was having. Towards the end of our residency there, a strong storm came through and left us with a dining room shower. The rain had leaked through our roof, through the third floor, to the second floor, and down to the first on our dining room table. After seeing this particular property oh, 15-20 times, we finally contacted about seeing it in person. We actually drove the 40 minutes…