Robert and I love our lifestyle, the simplicity of nature is fantastic even if sometimes it presents a few setbacks. For every hang up we face, a solution follows and that’s because Robert is a smart man.
What I mean by that is he’s wired to fix problems and find solutions. He’s never negative and he’s always pushing forward to find the best possible outcome. His brain is simply wired to solve problems and move forward which is one of the things I love most about him, he’s what I call a true leader.
Let’s take this bridge for instance, when we purchased this property the creek was empty and for most of the year it remains that way unless it rains.
I immediately imagined a bridge going over the creek because I knew it would look amazing.
So, last spring he came up with a plan to build a bridge and in an afternoon his plan gave us this floating path to what is now our bird park.
This park is where wild birds visit, chickens’ free range and eventually where we’ll raise quail. Without the bridge this piece of land would be useless when the creek is full of water.
I love walking over the bridge because it’s sturdy and safe, sometimes I even sit on the edge and watch frogs jump in the water.
We skipped railings because I wanted the freedom to haul stuff over, basically I didn’t want railings getting in the way of progress.
The best part about this platform is you can build it in an afternoon. I was actually shocked when Robert got started because in less than 4 hours it was done and ready for me to stain.
He sketched his plans on scratch paper and purchased wood prior so getting started was a breeze. Every successful project begins with a plan and I worked by his side documenting the journey so I could write building plans. They’re available now in our Homestead printables here.
These instructions include step by step details that are easy to follow with visual application. You can even use treated lumber if you want to skip staining because it was a little time-consuming applying stain and I actually got stuck in the creek during the process.
Building a homestead bridge was the perfect solution to cross the creek year-round. The creek is currently wet after heavy rains took over this week and we also received about 2 more feet of new top soil.
This soil washes out from the farm fields, down through the County Road, washing through the culverts and filling up the creek. I’m going to guess it also makes its way to the lake where we sometimes go fishing.
We’ve spent a lot of time digging out this soil for filling in the low areas. It seems to never end but we can’t complain because it’s easy to remove once things dry.
So if you have an area on your land that could use a bridge then get these easy to follow plans and create an inviting space just like we did here.