How to turn a nasty barn ruin into a beautiful karesansui (dry rock) Zen garden.
When our century old barn became too too dangerous to use anymore we had a salvage company remove as much of the old board and beams as possible.
It's nice to think our old board will have a new life as an upscale floor someplace, but we were left with a terrible mess of crumbling granite foundation walls and splintered waste board.
This is how we changed an eyesore into a place every visitor wants to see. It required lots of our labour but not much cost or new material as we reused almost everything to make our Zen garden literally rise from the ashes.
Please enjoy this instructable and don't forget to rate it and comment on how I can make it (or the garden) better. I am happy to answer any questions you might have.
Step 1: Clean Up
Pretty self explanatory. The wood salvage company left a substantial pile of rubble that had to be buried or burned.
All the metal we found in the pile was sent to a scrap dealer. The road repair crew owed us a favour for helping them out so they used a huge loader to rough level the interior after the clean out and then we got started.
The clean up was the hardest step. It took a long time and an intense amount of labour. It didn't cost much but it was hard work.
Don't be too quick to bury and tear down everything, you may find a few treasures like the large granite rocks under the floor and the mature grape vine growing over an old door frame. Reuse it to save money and recycle as much as possible...