Much of my efforts have been slowed by a few medical issues that needed to be taken care of. Nothing serious or life threatening and could easily been put off for a few months. But I have stuff to do and decided to get it out of the way before Summer came. I've been dealing with carpel tunnel issues in my right hand for a few years now. A nerve test indicated it was severe so I scheduled the carpel tunnel release surgery for the 1st part of May. A week or so later was my cataract surgery, left one first and the right one a week later. I am well recovered from all of it now and ready to get to my Summer plans.
That being said, back to the barn. The budget took a bit of a hit with some under the house repairs, so I must put off the concrete for a bit. I will direct my efforts to completing the office/bathroom area with traditional wood joist framing. I have planned for a 12 x 16 area in the Southwest corner. Once framed I will move a bunch of "stuff" out of the garage into this area for later use. Right now the garage is a bit tight and we need the space for the Jeep and motorcycle.
I've been chatting with neighbor across the street from us. He has built a "Barndominium" and is also into restoring cars. He needed gutters on his place so I asked him to send the guy over so we could maybe get a deal going. No problem, within a week I get a knock on the door, got the estimate and a week later new 6" gutters and downspouts are done.
No way was I going to tackle that myself. Too high and I don't have the necessary equipment. The downspouts will eventually be connected to the French drain. (More water for the pond and less erosion around the barn.) I think they matched the color pretty well, don't you?
So now I must get a materials list together and start prepping the office area for some carpentry. This may take a while. Still have yard work and there is a seriously neglected motorcycle that needs some good Tennessee roads under it.