This is coming up the drive...
The first thing on the right there is that funky little two stall barn. The stalls are cement block. I'll be putting rubber lining on those puppies to keep horses from banging themselves up. There is water and electricity in it though and sliding doors coming out of the stalls. I think it is worth keeping, because if nothing else, it will make a nice place to keep horses seperate from everything else. Add panels and you have a nice turnout for them too.
This is the south side of the drive...
I thought those corrals were just weird out there all by themselves, but come to find out there used to be another barn there. The footer and a cement slab are still there. I will probably keep the cement slab because there is a water hydrant right there...Washrack-Yayyyy!
The shop behind those corrals is completely finished inside. Cement floor, insulated and sheetrocked walls, an office and plumbing for a bathroom and washer/dryer hook-up. Because of the way they finished it out, it's not big enough to store all of MH's "toys". That is kind of a problem. He just built his "dream" shop on the property he already owns. But this shop is definitely going to be a nice place for him for his bike building and car re-building projects.
The corrals and the rest of the junk around there is coming out. This is where the roping arena is going.;-) We'll probably save the pipe the corrals are built out of to build another corral for the roping stock.
This is the only junk we told the bank, absolutely has to go before we will close on the place... Supposebly the previous owner was making "bio-diesel"...Personally, I think he was working his way up to "cooking" other stuff. We sure have found a lot of strange stuff around. Lord knows what we will find after all the snow melts. :-O
The house is okay...
Like everything else, needs a severe cleaning, carpets shampooed, walls painted, etc., etc. But the shingles and the windows are in good shape. I'll get indoor pics for you guys when I go over for the home inspection on Friday. The kitchen is a.w.e.s.o.m.e! So is the living room. The bedrooms and bathrooms leave a lot to be desired. They are very small. But ya know, I'm not much of a "house" person, so it's no biggie. At first we really weren't contemplating moving into this house. But now it's open-ended. It's going to be a beautiful property once we get it all cleaned up.
That is the raised garden in the back there...
And the round-a-bout is raised as well(that's to the right). Lots and lots of $$ invested in those blocks. Yeesh! The garden has a watering system next to it that is hooked to the irrigation water, so yayyyyy! All of the irrigation water shares come with the purchase.
Here's the "alley" of the barn...
Both stalls are heaped with stuff and you can see all of the junk left lying around inside and outside. We told the bank to leave all of this stuff and we will clean it up. Interestingly enough it is all brand new electrical and plumbing supplies. Thousands of $$ worth. My Honey figured he could talk one of his electrician friends into straightening out all of the wiring in shop in trade for all of this stuff. Definitely too good to just throw away.
All in all it's a pretty interesting place. Some of the things that were done were absolutely top of the line. Some completely cobbled together. Very strange.
The perimeter fence is all in very good shape. The corners are made from pipe not posts, so they will last forever. There is a gate in the back leading to the Public Lands that border the property. Not endless riding, but a fair amount. Enough that we will not be stuck in the arena everyday. If looks like the ground was hayed last year, so that means at least they kept up with the watering and all of the grass did not die out. Learning how to irrigate properly will be a #1 priority this spring. MH has done some irrigating on this property, but nothing like what it takes to properly grow grass.
The properties surrounding are all of equal size and most everyone has a few horses and/or some cows. Shouldn't be any worries about the neighbors trying to infringe on us doing the same.
So that is a bit of what things look like. I know how I want some things, but haven't quite figured out how I want to set up the pens and shelters for the horses or small grazing pastures. I guess we'll just get everything cleaned up first and go from there.
One other interesting and funny little fact we found out...All around the yard, on the north side of the property are these huge posts with a blue canvas stretched between them. The canvas can be slide up or down those posts(I'll get pictures). I looked at that for the longest time, trying to figure out what the previous owner was trying to accomplish. Finally, I asked the realtor what that fence was for. He hemmed and hawed around, but finally told me the previous owner was a "nudist" and that his neighbors had insisted he put up a privacy fence.
OMG!! Is that too funny or what?
Of course, since I have concocted a theory that he was working his way up to cooking Meth and/or growing pot in his shop(considering all of the strange stuff we found)...what better cover than to be a nudist and have your neighbors insist that they don't want to see what's going on in your yard? ROFLMAO!