Pickering House is located in a bustling downtown today, but not so long ago livestock used to come and go from the barn. Since the barn was elevated from ground level, a ramp was necessary to provide access.
For the past few months, the barn has been held in place on steel supports while Geddes Building Movers excavated below and poured a new foundation. Now that this is complete, this week’s project has been to start to rebuild the ramp – with a few important improvements.
Using all of the original granite, Gerry Hammer and his son, Hudson, of Bedrock Excavation in Tuftonboro are doing a beautiful job building a brick ramp that is heated to melt winter snow and ice! To screen the new concrete foundation wall, we are using the granite from the old foundation to create flower beds across the front facade. We also stepped in the new front foundation wall, enabling us to extend the ramp 6’ into the barn to create a covered entry.
It has been a big project to raise the barn and rebuild the ramp, but it needed to be done. The barn was sliding off the old foundation and drastic action was needed to save the structure. One side benefit is that we now have a wonderful, 40’ x 60’ basement with full height ceilings!
Up next: Randy Ouellette from Beech River Mill in Center Ossipee is re-creating the louvered fan eyebrow at the top of the front wall of the barn. We also plan to reinstall the existing pocket doors at the front entrance.
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