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There's a Woodpecker Eating our House

the restoration of the small barn
(the Hafod)


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We call the small barn The Hafod because it is used mostly during the summer months. Hafod in Welsh means 'summer dwelling' and was a small house situated up in the hills where the shepherd lived whilst the sheep were out to pasture on the mountainside.

As I've said before, The Hafod was restored in situ. The gable frame on the west end was a later addition and was found to be rotten. So, the original end gable frame was moved in one piece to form the new end gable. A new frame was built (made from old wood) to fill the space.

We made a large room downstairs (in which we can dine during the summer), a workshop, and stairs going up to the first floor in which is a small apartment with two bedrooms, a kitchenette and bathroom. If you go to Plans and click on diagram 3 you can see the layout. The conservatory was added on later and I will deal with that in Extras.

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