Originally posted by emmaGo ahead & embroider a sampler saying "Why the hell did we do this?", frame it, & put it someplace conspicuous. Buy a couple of very good Oregon wines to lay down (away from the damp) for 10 years. Refer to the sampler liberally during the process. And when you do have everything all done the way you want it, drink the wine & burn the sampler. :-)
Maybe stained glass or painted glass or something. My embroidery leaves something to be desired. This sounds like a fabulous idea though... cause as long as we remember that we knew there were going to be absolutely horrible days going into it, we can't really get too bogged down when they do happen. Well, in theory anwyay.
When you decide to start demolition, see if you can find someone to buy the old lumber from the house/barn. There are any number of people who'll probably be willing to come out and dismantle whatever you've got and pay for the lumber itself.
The view out the window toward the water is amazing.