To complete the architect's design we had to replace and remove the first and second floors while holding the building together during the process. We reinforced the building, removed the second floor and then erected a two story structural timber frame inside the building to take the place of the old second floor and hold the building up. Through our careful planning, we were able to transform the building interior while preserving the building exterior to preserve the original farm character of the property.
The artisan that we went to make this railing wanted $30,000 for material and installation. Instead we paid $4,000 for a knowledgeable forestry manager to find the right materials and dry them for us while our own finish carpenters installed the railing saving our Client over $20,000.
This barn was once a 3-level automobile shop. The main level floor was soaked in oil and the basement was fitted with a gantry crane to move motors. The architect designed the building to be re-used and turned into a party space with a bar and billiard table.
Our job was to turn this 3-level building into a single level building with a basement. We removed the oil contaminated floor structure and replaced it with a new first floor. The second floor was more difficult since it actually held the building together. We had to remove this floor and temporarily hold the building together while we erected a post & beam frame of Antique Fir inside the building. The Antique Fir became the permanent supporting frame of the original victorian board and batten barn exterior.
Using rock we blasted from other parts of the property, we built the architect's design of a massive fireplace and chimney. Producing the stone material from blast rock saved us from having to buy stone for the chimney. It also saved having to truck the blast rock off the property had we not found a use for it. All in all, it was very cost efficient.