We had the builder come out and use the bulldozer to move the stones from inside the barn to the pile out in the lot. It would have taken me weeks to move them with a wheelbarrow, and they were infested with nettles.
The building is basically two, unconnected spaces built on the slope. One about twice the size of the other. The good news is that the stone looks very good and the walls quite straight. There is a very ramshackle extension off the corner, with a window and two large stones that remind me of Stonehenge. Who knows what it was for - pigs? Chickens? That won´t be included in the covered space, perhaps it would make a good potting area.
There is a large opening that has been bricked in. We want to open that again. We still have a bunch of windows we bought for the house that we can use. The rest of the openings were filled in by slats to allow ventilation. On the larger space, we may do the same for the time being. Other options might be insulated panels clad in boards. I don´t think we´ll have enough stone to fill in them all.
The builder has determined that the existing chestnut beams have rotten ends where they´re supported by the walls. Of course, what else would he say. On the other hand, no point spending the money for a new roof if the support is questionable, and our budget is, as always, minimal.
We saved a bunch of old beams and beam-ends that I intend for use on raised beds, arbors, etc., that will have to be moved somewhere out of the way.
We have to take measurements and make decisions about uses for the spaces. I´m wondering about things like skylights, water lines, drains, insulation in general. I actually think it´s an ideal candidate for a rocket mass heater, but doubt we´re capable of making that happen ourselves. Plans are to put on a roof and cement slab in Phase I, probably maintaining the two different levels with separate entrances.
So let me ask, what are the most useful aspects of your barns or garages?