In 2000, the Jim Clifford family bought the property. The barn was in terrible condition, but it was nestled into the heart of a 93,000 ag preserve. Jim’s sons, along with four Eagle Scout friends, rolled up their sleeves and dug into the mess, going over a project list together at the beginning of every day. One hundred and fifty tires along with enough beer cans to fill an animal stall were hauled away from the barn.
But anything beyond the initial clean up remained out of their realm. Jim nervously watched the barn deteriorating, storing straw bales in the upper level until it was too unsafe. A tear in the metal roof, probably from the wind, slowly turned into a gaping hole. The rain damage slowly but steadily ate away at the wooden interior. Finally, they stopped using the barn all together.
With an inclination to restoration, Jim definitely felt he was hardwired to restore the barn. He tried to talk himself out of it a hundred times, but, deep down inside, he knew he needed to do it. For years, he casually checked into restoration businesses, but none of them caught his eye like Stable Hollow Construction did. Thirty minutes into his initial meeting with Stable Hollow, Jim was convinced that they were the right barn builders for the job. They shared a passion for enjoying their jobs and doing them right.
Jim had two stipulations for the barn renovation project.
- He wanted it to last another 100 years.
- He wanted the barn to be bird proof.
Stable Hollow nailed it. It was also very important to Jim that the barn looked original when it was all said and done. Stable Hollow’s similar passion for restoring the originality of the barn played a huge role in Jim’s strong trust in them.