Harmony Barn Renovation
Roads are made for journeys, not destinations. - Confucius
It’s been a couple of weeks since my last blog entry. In that time I have journeyed on many roads with destinations as far as Denver, Colorado, Brooklyn, New York and Ocean City, Maryland. At times that journey was frustrating (canceled flights, positive covid tests, bad weather) and at other times rewarding and worth every bit of inconvenience. The thing about traveling is if you don’t go with the flow, you spend your time and energy worrying. And that gets you nowhere – fast. Leaving our little place of paradise in southwestern Colorado is also a good way to realize what I love about it and how excited I am to share it with others.
Weeks 19 & 20
When you journey up the drive to the Harmony Barn, you will find a huge amount of progress. Our road has been redone. The past winter’s ice and thaw, not to mention huge cement trucks and other large vehicles, did a real number on our humble dirt road. Not built to accommodate more than a bit of residential traffic, the road/drive was really just a big dirt path that had huge ruts and holes where water collected and turned to mud. Now it is an engineered road. There are layers of proper road material, and a convex profile so that water drains off the road into the new ditch. Not a sexy addition to our plan but a necessary one, so that the drive up to the Harmony Barn is a harmonious one, not a rough one. Other progress on the barn includes grading of the landscape, to help water drain safely away from the structure, and the finishing of the walls so that they are ready to paint. The finish line is within sight!
In January 2020, my husband and I bought a barn on 10 acres adjacent to our home property near Mancos, Colorado, and asked ourselves, "What do we do with it now? Since then we have renovated the top floor into a vacation rental and are in the process of renovating the bottom/main part of the barn into a gathering space. Join us on our journey!