Thursday, February 10, 2011

And now, a much smaller building at Red Gate Farm

Last week the barn, this week a much smaller building project.  The pumphouse.


















Originally the well casing sat at the base of a post for a huge light, a yard light that warded off the shadows at night.  One thing I realized when we move here is that it sure is dark in the country.  No street lights, just yard lights at other homes. 


















In front of the light and well casing sat a metal water trough, the kind you get for animals.  The first year, I planted sunflowers in it.  A tradition was born.  When my husband decided he wanted to build the pumphouse I insisted that the sunflower trough had to come back. 



















Luckily for me, he wanted to mimic an old building at a neighboring farm, with a high cement foundation. 


















Pouring the foundation starts.



















My husband and dad, the building crew as usual.
























The sunflower trough could return but the sunflowers would need to be shorter.  Couldn't have them blocking out the sun shining in the vintage windows to the south.











































You won't find a yard light anymore... and it sure is dark here at this time of year.  There are plans to add a light on the pumphouse or the coop but for now, we make due with the lone little bulb over the back door of the house....



















Inside the pumphouse you will find a finished, cement floor.  Various garden tools.  The aforementioned well casing.  A cupboard for a variety of gardening items, such as Deadline, we do have a lot of slugs here int the Northwest.  My chippy cement Santa most of the year.  My chippy cement chickens in the winter.  Our Internet connection.  The new power meter for the electrical service meant for the outbuildings.  However, you will not find a pump. 

And my husband still likes to call it the pumphouse.



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29 comments:

  1. Of course it's cute! I just love seeing more of Red Gate Farm!

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  2. I want one Chris! Can your husband travel to IN to build me one? Oh, I also need the galvanized tank. What a GREAT idea for sunflowers! I want to plant some this year. I usually only do zinnias and cosmos to cut.

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  3. Hi Chris, I love your little pumphouse!... and your sunflowers in the water trough look so pretty, as well as the autumn arrangements too... I would call it the pumphouse too even if there is no pump!... Our little farm was in the country too, and yes, it got very dark at night, but I loved it!... xoxo Julie Marie

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  4. Oh Chris, I love the pump house-it is adorable. I have to tell you, you could make a lot of money renting that husband of yours out--dad too. That trough of sunflowers is magazine worthy! Is that beautiful red building behind the pump house your chicken coop? Have you done a story on that yet? I am in love with Red Gate Farm!

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  5. This is spectacular! I've gotten all kinds of ideas from your post. 1) What to do with my trough! and 2) a great idea for a small goat barn - of course it would need to be a little larger, but I love the idea!

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  6. Your pumphouse puts our pumphuse to shame and our pumphouse even has a pump!

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  7. I want a pumphouse! I want a pumphouse!

    Okay, there's not really room for one on our small town property, but this sure is gorgeous to look at. The sunflowers are so pretty! I'm going to plant tons of them this year! I can't wait! Thank you for sharing this great little building. Your building crew is phenomenal!

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  8. Beautiful are the flowers that grow at Red Gate Farm

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  9. The pumphouse is cute as is the barn behind it. I have always loved red sheds and barns there is just something about them ! Yup my hubby and his dad are the builders/ handy men around here to the inlaws live next door so the guys are always doing something the are both enjoy woodworking and building, pluming ,gardening you name it and between the two of them the have tools and machines galore to it all lol . Awesome post and photos . Have a great day

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  10. I love the trough with the sunflowers, what a great idea! And now it looks so cute next to that beautiful pumphouse! What a great little storage place. :)

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  11. That is an adorable little building. And I love the look of troughs used as planters.

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  12. I'll be showing that pump house to my resident shed builder!
    You're right about the dark. We have motion sensors on trees and outbuildings and a yard light high up - otherwise I'd never go out alone at night for fear of cougars etc.

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  13. Your property with all it's outbuildings is absolutely wonderful. And the 'pump house' fits so nicely into the landscape. Don't tell your husband, but I think it's CUTE!
    And those sunflowers! Our deer would have a feast on those!
    Slugs....I remember those! I used to put beer in saucers out for them, but it got so bad once that I was spending ALOT of the beer and the slugs were lookin' pretty happy!
    Hugs,
    Jan

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  14. LOVE your pumphouse and how you've 'dressed it up' in your country gal fashion! I get the impression your hubby LOVES to build! Now I'm counting down!!!!! Safe travel.

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  15. The talent that flows from the veins of those who live at your home is amazing!! When are you going to open up for tours??? Sign me up please!!!!
    The "pumphouse" name is divine. I think it needs a sign!! Oh, and now I want a trough of my own please!!

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  16. My pump house is not near as pretty as yours. I love your weather. It is very snowy here.
    Excellent job.

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  17. I want one of those!!! So stinkin cute! I have a big gravel area in the back yard that i've been dreaming up garden plans for & when we had sunshine this week - i started digging and hit clay & rocks.....which is when i decided that i need a garden house up there....Can we just have "your people" come here & build me one as cute as yours! Love your darling flowers in the galvanized bin. xoxo

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  18. Very Cute... I love the tub with sunflowers, gonna have to do that this year :)

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  19. I love the way that looks! The tub with flowers is the perfect touch.

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  20. I love those summery pictures. I could really go for some fresh green to eat!

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  21. I love the pumphouse. I also love that trough. What a great building crew you have there at your house.

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  22. Love the sunflowers next to the pumphouse. I'm ready for summer!

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  23. Stopping by from Verde Farm ~ wow, loving your blog ~ look forward to discovering more.
    http://welcometotheturnerfarm.blogspot.com

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  24. Like everyone else...I love it! I love how you kept it looking old...it may store modern supplies, but it fits right in. And the flower-filled trough...perfect! Thanks for the inspiration! -Mary

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  25. That is the cutest little pump house ever! Your farm is so clean and tidy!
    I love the metal thing the flowers are in! Thankyou for the tour.

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  26. Love the "pumphouse" and the flower trough looks beautiful in front of it. Your hubby and dad need to hire out....do they travel to Tennessee? LOL

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  27. I love the pump house....truly I do, but I'm so stinking distracted by the green grass and sunflowers that I can hardly concentrate!
    And speaking of deadline, have I told you that somehow we ended up with slugs in the greenhouse this winter? So I tracked down some granules of death....couldn't find any deadline this time of year....and while it did beat back the slimy invaders, every single granule is now a huge white puff ball of some amazing form of mold.
    Lovely.
    I guess the next remedy will need to be the tried and true bowls-o-beer.

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  28. Whew just found your blog and I am in love with those Sunflowers. Amazing. Could you please let me know how you keep them from falling over once they get so tall? I have never done sunflowers before but man I love that idea!
    Sarah

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