Patrick's Barn: A Perfect Place for a Partycomments (0) January 16th, 2012 in Blogs
This past weekend was a coming-out party of sorts for our barn. The building made its debut at our son's sixth birthday party. We cleaned up the space, rolled a coat of white primer on the insulation, and closed off the stair opening to keep in the heat. Despite the cold temperatures, the space stayed pretty warm. We used a propane space heater to warm the room before the party, then tucked the heater away shortly before the party started so nobody would get hurt.
The party was a great success, and it was quite liberating for a neat freak like me to host a kid's party in such a bullet-proof space. I laughed off the blobs of Play-doh and chocolate cake, and the spills of beads and colored water. These things would have been quite upsetting had they occurred in our nice, tidy home.
With the space somewhat useable, I have a renewed incentive to make the rest of the space habitable. I'm sure anybody who has tackled a room addition or other major building project on their own would agree. You can enjoy a space long before it's completed. In our last house, I remember how my wife and I would climb an extension ladder to visit our second-story addition long before it was done. We'd sit on a stack of lumber or drywall and drink a beer or two and imagine how we'd use the space. We found spending time in there extremely valuable for planning how to partition the large, open space.
If you read this someday, son, I hope you enjoyed your party. I know having a birthday celebration in our unfinished barn might not be as cool as Tumble Jungle or the Truck Museum, where we hosted your last two birthdays, but I suspect you'll have a lifetime of stories describing your wacky parents and how living with hard-core DIYers affected your life. I hope it's for the better.
You can read more about my barn here.
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