Sunday, January 11, 2015

Old Red

After much ado and MONTHS of waiting.............I'd like to introduce the newest member or our family.

Old Red!
 Isn't she a beaut?!? I seriously love it. LOVE it. Love the color, love the size, love the location. I wish so bad I could say that we had a wonderful experience with our builders.........but that was SO not the case. It started with their communication--they're a pretty popular company around our area, so we thought we'd start there. It took several days to get any response on emails or phone messages. It was very frustrating, but unfortunately by the end of our research, they were cheaper by several thousand dollars than any other company that quoted us. So we decided to go with them anyways. We had originally tried to get it scheduled to build at the beginning of October. October 6th was supposed to be the start date. We were SO stoked and ready! About a week before that date, Nick tried emailing them to ask a few questions. We (of course) heard nothing back for a few days. And the news we finally got was that they were behind in their schedule and it would be mid November before they would get started.

Talk about a buzz kill.

We understand scheduling conflicts--totally get it. But the fact that they didn't tell us until a few days before our start date and that WE had to contact THEM to find out they were delaying our build....very frustrating. So they gave us a NEW start date. November 17th. And of COURSE Nick was out of town that week for business. Because why would it happen any other way? But he decided he would trust them to do it right and that it would be okay without him here (that's a big step for him!).

A few weeks before November 17th, Nick tried contacting them again to make sure we were on schedule. About a week later, they let us know they were actually ahead of schedule and would be starting our barn a week early. We were SO excited! It felt like we'd been waiting forever and Nick was glad he'd get to be here for the building process. They were supposed to come on a Wednesday. Well Wednesday came and went and no sign or them. Then Thursday passed with no sign of them and no word from them. Because that's the kind of customer service we wanted to pay thousands of dollars for (insert huge eye roll here). I'm glad Nick's personality balances out mine because I was ready to call and ream somebody. I mean, if something comes up, all you have to do is PICK UP THE PHONE!!! Let us know! Keep us in the loop! Shoot me a text if that makes it easier! It was just so irritating to not hear anything from them. Nick finally got ahold of them on a Friday morning. They were (of course) full of apologies and excuses. Whatev.

They swore they'd be here the following week (Nov 17th--the second start they gave us). Needless to say, I didn't hold my breath. When I pulled up Monday to the house Monday night and there was nothing done, I wasn't surprised. Nick left Tuesday morning to go out of town until Friday. I came home from work on Tuesday and lo and behold.......praise the Lord! We had............wait for it......WAIT FOR IT............................................................................

A pile of lumber!!
I decided to consider that a HUGE accomplishment. I immediately took a picture and sent it to Nick. We were making some serious progress now!! (I wish sarcasm came through a computer screen the way it happens in my brain). 

They actually managed to show up the next few days and we started TRULY having some progress. It was so exciting to come home from work each day and see what had been done!

About a week later, the concrete was poured, the trim was put on and Old Red was a finished product!

Just look at her glow in the sunlight. We love her like she's a part of the family already :) I see many a barn party happening here! And it's been a great place to send the kids with their dad when mommy needs some alone time and it's too cold for them to play outside.

When Nick and I first bought our house, we made a list of things we wanted to have/accomplish with our property. A barn was number one on that list and four years later, we finally made it happen! So even though our building experience was less then ideal and left a bad taste in my mouth, we are SO pleased with the final product and were happy to see one of our dreams come true. 

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