We’ve got some big news.

Our barn is in the process of getting some major upgrades. That’s right! The 1canoe2 studio space is expanding! We are so excited. So, so excited!

This is the barn where our print studio is currently located.

And this is our current workspace in the barn. If you have been following us for a while you know that a couple of years ago we moved our printing presses into this little studio space that my dad built for us here. It has been GREAT, and we love it. But, the other half of our business, where all of the packaging and shipping takes place, is currently located in Beth’s basement. It’s true, and yes, it is probably just how you imagine. We are BUSTING at the seams.

We’ve known for a while now that we needed to do something – to find more space – and to find a location where we could have all parts of our business in one place. We weighed several options, and thought really hard about exactly what we wanted and what we think we will need in the near future. We came to the conclusion that the barn where our presses are is really the perfect location for our entire business. It’s located almost exactly half way between Beth’s house and my house, and literally just down the road from where Karen lives. The only problem was that most of the barn was still exactly that – an old barn. But, also, it’s kind of a really awesome old barn, with a lot of potential.

The plan is to completely finish the entire barn loft for our offices and workspace, and to turn the unfinished half of the lower part of the barn into a warehouse type room for storage. We decided a while back that this is the route that we wanted to take, and we hired some builders, but construction didn’t start until last week. Things are moving now, and we cannot wait for it to be done!

Last week we poured fresh new concrete in our entryway…

and also in the remainder of the barn that still had a dirt floor.

Here’s the loft! It’s not much to look at right now, but we have big plans for this space. The barn itself is over 100 years old. Originally my great grandpa, and probably a generation or two before that, stored hay in this loft – floor to ceiling. My whole entire life the loft has been used as a storage space for lumber and other building materials for my dad’s woodworking projects. It’s been the home to many farm cats as well.

Back in December my Dad and I spent a day pulling all of that lumber out of the loft and taking it to another barn on the farm. I was really thankful on that day that I work out on a regular basis because, man, there were some really HUGE planks of walnut and oak up there, but I handled it just fine. I literally had never seen the entire floor before, so to see the whole space empty now is already a big change in my mind.

Right now it is pretty dark up there, but the plans include putting in some big windows to let in a lot of light.

And don’t you worry, those really awesome beams are going to be left exposed. We’re definitely keeping the character of the old barn – just updating it to our specifications.

The whole thing is a little overwhelming, but we couldn’t be more excited. I think it is going to be so amazing to see this barn take on a new life, and I’m really happy that we are doing something that is going to help preserve it for many years to come.

I’ll make sure to keep you updated as things progress!

:: Carrie ::