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  • Monitor Barn

    Barn: Part 4

    When we built the first of our barns (the 3-bay equipment shed that was completed in 2011), I had borrowed a car-hauling trailer from my brother-in-law to transport the timbers from the sawmill to our land. It took three trips (each at 160 miles round trip) …

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  • Monitor Barn

    Barn: Part 3

    I enjoy learning new skills. Sometimes it feels as if every day is packed with lessons. With this barn project I’ve embarked on an expansive multi-year curriculum including architecture, engineering, building science, and the trades. I’ve dabbled in aspects of it over the years, but …

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  • Monitor Barn

    Barn: Part 2

    As most rural Vermont residents know, there are five seasons spanning the year. Winter, spring, summer, fall, and Mud Season. Well, Marion and I have extended that list to include one more. Construction season covers the two month period from mid-September through mid-November. It is …

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  • Monitor Barn

    Barn: Part 1

    Our plans for a barn originated at the moment that the land was purchased. Those plans have evolved a lot over the years, but there has never been a question as to the importance of the building that will become the centerpiece in our revival of this old hillside farm. While …

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  • Marion and Kevin

    We’ll Walk the Road Together

    We’ve known each other for most of our lives. Even when thousands of miles separated us, we traveled the same path. I think that we both knew that it was only a matter of time before we’d share the road together. On September 6th, 2014, we paused to …

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