It is official, the barn must be demolished
In order to comply with building codes and fire codes and everything else, we would have to throw so much money at this deteriorating structure that it does not make sense to keep it. This has always been one of the possibilities in the back of our minds, but the structural engineer confirmed it, as did our favorite contractor and our favorite architects. It has taken several days to wrap our minds around it, and now we have...and we are cool with that. But we will be sorry to see it go.
Many new ideas have emerged. Can't wait to explore some new possibilities!