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New Gas Station Project – Based on the OLD BARN [PART 3]

December 30, 2011

by Iggy Perez

I just wanted to share some new thoughts on this project. As you can see on the pic above, the side structure is a bit elevated now. While discussing the project with my brother, he mentioned that the roof extension seemed kind of low. Although a car or a pick would still fit below it, he was kind of right and I have had the same impression. To get around this without modifying the secondary structure (in this case the gas station shop), my brother suggested to lift the shop a bit by putting small wall below it.

This wasn’t only a great idea to solve that issue with the height (by elevating the shop, I automatically elevated the roof) but it also gives the whole project a little touch. I’ll also make a small stair to enter the shop. In many cases, wooden houses are placed on a small brick wall or “basement”. I decided to do this kind of basement only around the shop structure and leave the garage (main building) as it was.

Gas Station based on OLD BARN Blueprints - Shop Elevation

The trick was pretty easy. All I had to do was to cut some card board and glue it together. To make the outside corners look nicer, I cut the edge of the front and side walls in a 45 degree angle. Like this, the joint is less visible. I glued some cardboard on the inside to hold the wooden structure.

Gas Station based on OLD BARN Blueprints - Weathering Test

I also took the time to play around a bit with some weathering ideas on a spare piece of card board. Above, you can see how I tried to imitate a damaged wall with the visible bricks on a corner. Card board is actually a great material to work with, specially while making buildings. It is easy to cut, bend and glue. Plus you can do this kind of wall weathering very easily.

Gas Station based on OLD BARN Blueprints - Roof Columns

The columns for the roof extension were pretty easy to make. I made a simply drawing first and then cut and glued the pieces together. I took some cardboard for the base where pumps will be placed on. We will surely include this new parts along with the other modifications in the OLD BARN Customer area  – it is always easier when you have all the list of materials and parts with the assembly instructions. Still, I hope this post serves you as a sort of inspiration until then.

Mark January 15, 2012 at 3:38 am

This is fantastic!

Once I received your book on “The Old Barn”, I started right away to modify it to an aged gas station. Your updates have given me further ideas for mine.

Your work on modifying the blueprints will save much time.
Great work guys.


Iggy January 15, 2012 at 11:01 am

Hey Mark,

thanks for the comment!! We still have to finish the modification blue prints, but we will post them in the customer area as soon as they are done.

Feel free to share your progress with us! We can post your pics on the blog, if you like.


Dr. Kerry July 9, 2012 at 10:03 pm

Lookin good!!!

Bruce December 2, 2012 at 4:00 pm

I’m in the process of building your Old Barn and found your Old Gas Station idea to be awesome!
I believe this will give it way more usefulness. Thanks guys!

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