After standing for who knows how long, the old barn has finally come down to make way for a new barn. Yesterday morning the excavators rolled in at 7:00am and started digging a large pit in the pasture behind the barn (maybe 10ft wide by 20ft long by 8ft deep?). Then they began the actual demolition, using a large backhoe to destabilize the building by pulling out supports, and giving one good shove to push it back into the field. It was a pretty quick process and before long the old barn had given up the ghost.
After the dust settled, the men started a fire in the pit and began dumping in all things burnable. That toasty fire continued for hours, until all that was left of the rubble was block and concrete and stone and various other bits of nonburnable debris.
While the fire died, the excavators began digging out the bank so the builders would be able to work on the walls when construction starts. Then they started digging the footers and cleaning things up. When the fire was mostly out they began dumping the leftovers (concrete, etc.) into the pit and then filled it all back in.
And less than 12hours later, the barn was gone, the heavy machinery was gone, and we’re left with a very different landscape. There’s no going back now, only forward.
Below are some pictures of the demolition. I also have video footage that I’ll upload when I get the chance.
I’ll post more updates throughout the construction.