John Robinson 02/09/2013 @ 2:26pm
I thoroughly enjoyed this article...well, almost.
The statement found under FIND THE RIGHT PERSON [ "If a contractor suggests you tear your barn down, that's a good sign he doesn't know how to approach a rehab project. Say goodbye and interview the next one." ] is just a little bit on the hasty side --in my opinion.
As a licensed, bonded, & insured contractor who's company specializes in restoring & repairing old barns & buildings, I must say that there are PLENTY of structures (including barns) out there that are just not "restorable". While repair & restoration should ALWAYS be the first option, painting a contractor who suggests "tear it down" as incompetent is not really fair --to the contractor OR to the owner. The idea that any & every structure can be restored --romantic as it may sound-- is often times unrealistic and unaffordable. The cost involved in restoring an old barn sometimes far exceeds that of demo and new construction of a more user-friendly structure. In other words, restoration is not always the best option for the farmer/rancher's budget.
Also, budget cuts in many states have drastically-reduced funding available for such projects, historic though the structure may be. I have personally encountered this on 3 very beautiful barns in the NW over the last year.
The point is that to completely dismiss any contractor who suggests the "tear-down" option is not exactly helpful to anyone. While it is true that repairing and restoring old barns requires the right person who understands the process involved, as well as the goal envisioned, SOMETIMES the restoration option is just NOT FEASIBLE. In these cases, it is often much better for the farmer or rancher to consider having the structure professionally dismantled by a licensed and insured contractor. In many dismantle situations, the contractor can actually provide the labor and services required to safely take the barn down and clean up the mess FOR FREE in exchange for the salvageable material, and in some cases (depending on the quality and quantity of material) the owner could even get paid.
Thanks again for your great article, and for your consideration of my thoughts on the subject!!
John Robinson (owner)
REBORN CONTRACTING SERVICES
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