To place the barn on its new foundation, they called Norm Messier of Messier House Moving & Construction in
East Montpelier, Vermont. To everyone’s
amazement, when Messier lifted the frame
of the old barn, they discovered it was only
1 inch out of square. Messier jacked up the
building, placed heavy beams underneath
to hold the structure, and applied bracing to the interior to ensure nothing would
move. He then used a backhoe to pull the
barn to its present location.
“He filled the bucket loader full of dirt
in order to gain enough traction to get it to
move,” says Dan with a laugh.
The Davises also engaged architectural designer Ted Zilius of Morrisville,
Vermont, who advised them to rotate the
barn on the site before setting it down. “To
take advantage of the view and to maximize the living space, we turned the barn
in its new location, the onetime barn (top)
stands prominently on the site with new
windows placed between its posts and beams.
Before the renovation (inset), the barn’s frame
was sound, but the siding had deteriorated to
the point that sunlight streamed through the
spaces between the boards.