the not-so-reclaimed siding

Processed with VSCOcam with lv01 preset Processed with VSCOcam with a6 presetHi friends, and happy Saturday! Are you enjoying it? I hope so! I’m spending mine working at the store, which in my eyes, doesn’t really feel like work at all. So I’m pretty happy. :-)

Before we examine the siding and the title of this post, I’m going to backtrack a little. It was only 10 days ago when I revealed our metal roof to you. While I initially liked it, a tiny part of me did question if we made the right decision in going with brown. It didn’t pop the way that I had hoped that it would, yet at the same time, that’s exactly why I did choose it. Putting my emotions aside, I told myself to just wait until the siding comes. I knew that everything would change once that was up. Boy, did it ever.

Processed with VSCOcam with lv01 preset Processed with VSCOcam with a6 presetNow to discuss the siding. The plan for the siding on The Little Barn was always to be reclaimed wood. So my husband and my brother-in-law began to spend their weekends tearing down old barns and outbuildings across the province. They were not hard pressed for these types of structures given that we live in Saskatchewan. Yet, it was backbreaking work and extremely time-consuming to do so. It didn’t take long before we began to rethink our decision. Upon assessing the quality of boards, mulling the idea over amongst ourselves, and finally discussing it with our contractor, we chose not to put that particular wood on our house. We were just too afraid of leaks and dry rot.

Processed with VSCOcam with lv01 preset Processed with VSCOcam with a6 presetIt was our contractor that came up with the perfect solution. He was able to get wood siding that had been sitting on a distributor’s lot for a few years. No one had wanted it because it was beginning to look reclaimed. It had already turned grey, and best of all, they were selling it to us at an extremely low cost. In the case of miracles, this was a big one. I still cannot believe how lucky we were to get this amazing material.

Processed with VSCOcam with lv01 preset Processed with VSCOcam with a6 presetIn the end, our not-so-reclaimed siding is one of my favourite things about The Little Barn. Well, one of many.



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  1. It’s absolutely perfect!

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  2. BEAUTIFUL. I love what you’re doing here. And I’m so happy that luck has been on your side.

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  3. Completely consumed with jealousy. It’s a fairytale home!

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  4. Anjali R

     /  10/26/2014

    You’ve been nominated for the One Lovely Blog Award. Great job. Means your blog is a stand out! Here’s a link to my blog…

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  5. Stunning – what a find!

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  6. Emory it is gorgeous!! How long until you start being able to move stuff in? I’m sure there is still loads to do but it definitely looks like it is really getting there!

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  7. I LOVE this. Wow!

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  8. wethelavenders

     /  10/25/2014

    Loving your blog! We did a steel roof as well. We opted for black but I love the way yours looks. Excited to follow along on your journey!

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  9. Wow, that looks amazing! I love the colours in the wood… nice bit of luck!!

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  10. This is beautiful. Congratulations. My husband’s family lived in a barn while they were building their house. He loved it. Said it was a perpetual camping trip.

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    • Given that our house is modelled after a barn, and we live in a provincial park next to a lake, I hope that it will always feel like a camping trip when we our home.

      Thank you for the comment! <3


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