The Barn Restoration Project began 9 months ago when Heather Guild returned to the SLLA board as Facilities Director. Previously, the Board believed the existing structure was beyond repair and that replacement could be in excess of $300k.
A lifelong rider, she was certain the barn could be saved with the goals of 1) improving horse and human safety and 2) enhancing the aesthetics at the gateway to the Seven Lakes North & South community.
Substantial safety improvements were undertaken in the fall including installation of (10) new stall doors, window grills, and rubber mats; replacing (3) sets of exterior sliding doors; removing rot around the lower 12 inches of the exterior siding; and replacement of the old shingles and rotted sub roof. This work was completed within a budget of $50k.
The focus then turned to painting the barn and returning it to its original “barn red” color. With an estimated cost of $16k-$18k, Bill Gialanella, a member of the SLLA Facilities Committee and retired professional painter, suggested he could lead a team of volunteers to do the work.