The Smoke House
I have vivid memories of playing in the smoke house as a child. At times it would be completely full of meat hanging from the ceiling. I remember wondering why our meat was kept in the refrigerator but my ma and pa's meat was hanging outside in a barn.
This side view of the smoke house is how it looked when I inherited the property. It could've possibly been salvaged but work on the house was priority.
Unfortunately, I was unable to salvage the smoke house. After several years it was apparent it needed to come down. It was in an extreme dilapidated condition and was leaning severely to the left. The day after this photo was taken it was torn down.
Smokehouse Space Re-purposed
It's been several years since the smokehouse was torn down and all that was left was the concrete foundation. I really didn't have any idea what I wanted to do with the space but breaking up the concrete didn't seem like a good idea since it was still in good condition. I knew eventually I'd get inspired and find time to make something useful.
Re-purposed Cinder Blocks
After the hay loft's roof collapsed and the inner block wall fell from Hurricane Matthew, I had so many useable cinder blocks laying on the ground I decided I'd use them to make a patio.
Sounded easy enough, but all the blocks had excess mortar that had to be knocked off. This process was very time consuming and took me several weeks to finish...needless to say I had to stock up on ibuprofen!
My son-in-law, Israel helped me get started laying the first couple of rows. It took about 110 of the cinder blocks to fill in the area.
I used about thirteen 50 lb. bags of concrete to fill in the joints...
I could've used a couple more bags since it didn't make it quite to the top of the block but it started raining and I wasn't able to get back to the store to pick up more concrete.
I finished the patio by staining it with concrete stain to add color to the space.
...and I was finally able to move my patio set off the ground to it's new home!