As I type at 3:49 pm it's 107. That's not the heat index, that's the actual temprature. So, progress has slowed but we're still crawling forward on the contruction. It's just too hot to do too much at once; frequent breaks and lots of water and Gator aid and still, you can't go on for long.
BUT ! We've finished the big sliding barn door and got it hung, finished the dividing wall between the garage and the green house and that's two walls out of four complete !
First, let's talk again about recycled and re-recycled materials. A cloth company gets huge sheets of fiberglass impregnated plastic, which they use as cutting mats. Once the mats are too scarred to use, because the fabric snags on the scars, it gives them to my husbands' company to use between layers of bottles when they are stacked on pallets. But, the sheets are a bit too big, so they cut off one end to make them fit. Dh brought the cut off ends home (well some of them) and we decided to see where they could be used. How about at the bottom of the wall, where it will touch the ground, so it won't rot or rust out ? Perfect. So, we did. We're also thinking of cutting some fish tail shingles out of them for one gable end of the roof line.....later.
We had some old doors, one out of this house and one out of a previous house, that were in the barn. Cobbled together, they made an awesome barn-style sliding door, using the track from a barn we tore down a long time ago. The old well house had some improbably painted pink and blue shelves in it, cut into strips they made the stabilizing cross members on the doors. An old handle from the torn down barn is perfect to slide it back and forth.
Here, let me show you what I mean:
Here is my big door, made from two old doors.
Here is the complete wall from the garage side.
Next we tackle the front of the building. Big windows, a fixed door and a functional door, as well as an old screen door salvaged from an old store !! Stay tuned !