First step, shortly after moving in, was taking down the pens.
We thought the area would be perfect for tacking up the horses since there is a door directly into the tack room along the barn wall and a nice deep area under the eaves. Brett started digging post holes for the tie rails but it was slow going. The ground is very hard with a road base type layer around the barn. After chipping away at the holes for weeks, he got them dug and the posts installed. He needed a small chain saw to finish the job -- he wanted to notch out the poles to complete the tie rails. Guess what he got for Christmas (early):
While I was at work, he was busy working on the tie rails.
After completing construction of the tie rails, he brought in a load of decomposed granite and spread it out, leveling the ground a bit. Then he put down stall mats and, voila, we have an awesome area to groom and tack up the horses. Does he do exceptional work or what?