In yet another example of why this property called to me the minute I saw it:
Yes, it came with its very own donkey barn. Because my life wouldn’t be complete without being able to kiss a fuzzy donkey face whenever I feel like it.
The “little barn” (not to be confused with the middle barn, or the bigass barn… yes, it’s like a country girl’s version of Goldilocks around here) is actually in pretty decent shape, although the roof on this thing was something else the appraiser felt compelled to make note of in her report, which means I had to escrow money to fix it. And okay, my donkeys deserve the best, but for real? You’d think I would be able to prioritize this behind the whole toilet-on-carpeting thing, but no.
However, this is going to give me a great opportunity to practice my roofing skills, which are pretty much nonexistent at this time. I haven’t decided if I’m going to spring for metal or use some squares of leftover shingles from the garage that I found in the rubble pile.
I also need to build a new “people door” for the left side and get the donkey door working again. (By which I mean “hit it hard with a hammer” of course.)
And then there’s the inside…
The good news is that that water spigot works and I have a ton of cultured stone to use for other projects down the line. The bad news is I have to move it out of here and also probably tear up at least half the concrete floor. (Concrete is bad for donkey hoofs.)
I’m planning to make just one side the “stall” and the other side storage.
Oh look, I just spotted another wheelbarrow on this property. That’s four that I’ve acquired so far.
Also, you can see the joist hangers are still in place from the old hay loft, and I may put that back in as well for both insulation and storage purposes. Then I need to get the fence in (luckily I’ve already done that once before, so I have no illusions about what a pain in the ass installing 700 wire clips is going to be.)
I’m hoping most of these will be “May” projects, to be followed up with a couple more outdoor projects involving the middle barn and my patio in June. Then it will be back inside for work to begin on the master bath in July.
It’s no small amount of work, but I feel lucky I’ve got a great foundation to get me started, and with any luck there will be donkeys on the Liberty property in a couple of months.