|Removing the bark from the sweet chestnut poles|
|Raising the frames|
|The barn doors go in|
We had a debate about the floor under the galleried area and settled on red brick tiles. It's tempting to have attractive looking materials that naturally belong to other parts of the country (like stone or slate) but red brick has been used historically in the south east (brick making used to take place just a short distance away in the village) and red brick tiles blend well with wood. In the end, we went further afield - to the Weald in Sussex - to buy hand-made brick tiles. They were reasonably priced and cost even less when we agreed to pick them up ourselves. They're uneven (each brick is slightly different) and they're already weathering in to give the barn a traditional look.
|The barn is painted|