Monday, April 9, 2012

Barn Charm: Rusty Roof and Rotting Wood

I'm beginning to worry about the state of many old barns in Smallville. Already one I photographed has collapsed, and most of the others I've found close enough to the road to photograph (without getting yelled at, as in Debbie's case) are either in dire need of repair or are probably too far gone to benefit from repair. Like this one.
Every building (and car, for that matter) on this property is in similar shape, but the folks who
live there have a number of horses that appear well-fed.
Can't we all come up with a list of a hundred adaptive re-uses for a barn? Maybe we could mail the list to the barn owner whenever we see one that is starting to slip - before it gets to this stage. Got any ideas?

Linking to
Barn Charm ♥80♥
I recommend you take a little time to browse some of the other sites linked up with Barn Charm - 
You'll see a lot of great barns (and some great shots of some no-longer-great barns).

23 comments:

  1. 1st, you made me laugh with the trespassing debbie reference. 2nd, you are too funny w/ a reusable idea list. but i know what you mean about the sadness to see them fall...

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    1. I wish I were funny, and I wish this subject were funny - but you're right, I'm sad instead.

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  2. The barn looks lovely in it's rusty brown. I like the rustic look on barns. :)

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    1. I'm a rustic kind of girl myself (maybe even rusty), and I find the rustier old ones more appealing to me than the newer and shinier ones, but I just hate that they are let go to the point of no return. Thank you for posting a comment.

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  3. Love this old barn. Very funny to reference Debbie! ha!

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  4. I don't like to see history fall. But when barns or farmhouses deteriorate to the point of no-return, it encourages me to research the roles and the life that surrounded them. (or make something up) I call it, repurposing the mind's imagination. And, with a picture being worth a thousand words; I like the words to accompany an old picture.

    That still doesn't mean I like to see one go down. ;)

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  5. Sad that everything is in disrepair, but I'm glad the horses are taken care of! Still a neat barn!

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  6. needing some TLC for sure. great view. (:

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  7. Hah. Looks like our barn. I am still hoping we can save the central portion, but hubby seems determined that we can not.
    If that is the case, then whatever wood we can salvage will be used to build new buildings.
    Or sold to people who would do the same.
    It's a good photo!

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  8. It is very sad to see the old n forgotten barns of yesterday. This one looks like a good wind could take it down!

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  9. lol all of us barn charmers get the debbie reference! yes, it is so sad to see them fall into the land of disrepair....

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  10. Beautiful old barn. I guess reusing and recycling comes to mind when they get to the falling down state. I like the idea of furniture made from barn boards and posts.

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  11. Nice photo! I love the rustic look but what a waste. I took a photo on an old barn once and had a frame made out of some of the old wood (it was a family place). I called it 'Recycled' and it's currently hanging in a gallery downtown.

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  12. I know exactly what you mean by wanting to come up w/ some kind of solution to do something about these old barns... at least repurpose the wood! I'm looking for a sliding barn door for my bathroom & I got that idea from some people that had repurposed theirs... That wood IS worthy of tons of uses!!! I'd love to see the barns restored, but for crying out loud, they could at least do something w/ the wood!!!

    I'm always a chicken when it comes to asking permission to shoot these old barns, but if I get mad enough, I might just starting knocking on doors asking if I can have their sliding barn doors & any other barn wood they'll give me... they're obviously not going to use it, they're just allowing it to rot, so why would they charge me for any of it?!

    Looks like you might have lit a fire under me, so I'll keep ya posted on what comes of it! Thanks for that & thanks for joining =)

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  13. I would love to have the money to buy some of these old barns+the money to redo them as I want.

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  14. i wish the barn charm girls could unite, tour together and save these old, beautiful barns!!

    i liked seeing my name here, i feel no shame and feel like a rock star. is that shameful?? ;)))

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  15. I hope they are taking care of the horses. Even this old barn has seen better days, it is still charming.

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  16. Not a whole lot left of this one, and that's a shame. I like Debbie's idea of the barn charm girls doing a tour. Can't you just picture a big group of gals storming an old barn, hammers and saws in hand? Unfortunately there are a lot like this one that are beyond saving.

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  17. I love these old barns. Feels like we're being transported back in time as we share the view. I love the idea of sending the owner of the barns notes about how much everyone loves admiring their barns and want to know what plans are intended for the aging structure. Good idea.

    Lana

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  18. So important to capture a record of these old barns before they are all gone.... wonderful old barn and photo. :)

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  19. I know what you mean. There was one barn I wanted to take a picture of and "poof" it was gone! That was once a lovely old barn. You can just tell. I've never been yelled at... yet.

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  20. Oops! I should have clicked on your older post before asking if you were familiar with Tricia's meme. I now know the answer.

    I like your idea of finding new uses for these old barns. It is so sad to see them disappearing at such an alarming rate.

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