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When we purchased Highpoint in February of 2019, we had a vision to make this a venue that could seat close to 300 guests if possible. As we walked through one of the existing structures, we soon realized that we needed more space. A plan began to brew. We met with an architect multiple times. He helped navigate us through the rules and regulations and after a few meetings, we started drawing up plans. It took about 3 months to get all the plans drawn and paperwork together for submittal to the state. Once approved, we could start the journey to making our dream a reality. Waiting was definitely the most difficult part.
While the paperwork was being reviewed, we had a lot of work to get done as the barn we were planning to remodel was going to need stripped to bare bones. There was quite a bit to do but once we got into a rhythm everything seemed to flow. If we weren’t working our daytime jobs or working in the orchard, we were out in the barn taking it apart and cleaning up. It was a bit of a stress reliever. A lot of Chip and Joann references were made. Once we finally got the barn down to the studs and the plans were approved, we hired a local construction crew. The crew was hired to frame the addition, finish the outside metal and install a new roof. Vital wanted to finish the inside himself to save money. The crew started setting posts and together with Vital they ripped out the existing front wall. While the crew was busy framing and starting on the roof, Vital removed a walk-in cooler to make room for the new kitchen. Then he started laying out the bathroom plumbing as the construction crew was getting ready to pour the concrete pad. Vital worked on the barn almost every day while also working his job and maintaining the orchard. I don’t know how he got everything done. Once the framing and metal work was done, the outside looked great, but there was plenty of work left to do inside.
Apart from the HVAC installation, some of the electrical work, and the drywall, we finished the entire inside ourselves. We had a lot of help from family and friends. We even got to put some of our overseas family to work when they were here vacationing 😊. We’re very fortunate to be surrounded by so many people that wanted to help.
It was a huge project, but we finally got it done. We are so proud of everything we have accomplished to make the Red Barn a venue that can hold all types of events. We are excited for the events we have booked in 2020 and can’t wait to share the Red Barn with the community for many years to come.