Operation Cedar Barn has begun!
We need a barn by winter and we spent the entire summer trying to find a contractor who wouldn't charge us more than the material cost to build the barn.
Originally we were going to go with a fancy red metal barn from Menards with all the works, after having a contractor flake on us at the last minute we took a moment to reflect. Why was this aspect of the barn project so difficult? Maybe it was the wrong path. We decided to get back to our homesteading roots by going with locally resourced red cedar for materials. We also decided that we were going to build it ourselves (by we, I mean my husband, with me taking a lot of pictures and helping in the ways that I can).
We found a local gentleman up in DeSoto, MO which is about an hour from us in Fredericktown, MO who had went in and bought a sawmill with a few of his friends and was trying to make a living through that avenue.
To give you a cost comparison.
The metal barn from Menards with a contractor installing it was going to be about $25,000.
The cost of the cedar is about $4,000. My husband would also gain the invaluable experience that comes along with building a project and the priceless feeling of pride once it was completed.
Overall, I'm so happy we've taken a shift from our original idea. It feels great to be supporting Mr. Sawmills lifestyle adventure as he supports ours. Families supporting other Families. The cedar has a beautiful smell as well. I'm really looking forward to seeing the project develop. Keep checking back for more Cedar Barn updates!