Plasma cutting steel staircase Tung oil applied on trim woodwwork Floors milled from site grown trees Septic field restoration Reflecting afternoon sun Birth of a barn on Bragg Hill Radiant floors Solar panel installation Capping off the chimney Proud shape emerges on the hilltop Pumping concrete into the three gables Forming 12x12 Gables Delivering concrete from the sky Parallam beam positioning Flying flitch beam ICF window framing Precision concrete placement Lower level ICF fabrication Newly excavated driveway Finishing garage deck concrete Pouring concrete footers Rebar safety caps Surveying the construction site Checking out the excavation equipment Rapid soil stabilization Testing the soils for drainage Taking Solar Pathfinder measurements Milling downed trees onsite View to the Southeast over the Benzel Family Trust Future meadow to be cultivated Taking a stroll on Bragg Hill Road

Civil Engineering

Building a home with minimal disturbance to the environment is critical. This section discusses storm water management, driveway engineering and erosion mitigation challenges.

Working With Recycled Concrete - Giving old buildings a new life

Working With Recycled Concrete - Giving old buildings a new life Bill Kelsall makes one of his five deliveries of recycled concrete to Bragg Hill today.  This aggregate consisting of ground up concrete taken from old buildings or bridges makes an ideal foundation for the future driveway.   The recycled concrete is coated and crushed to a equivalent of 2A modified—a standard size in the stone business.  The blend of material consists of the heavy aggregate mixed with screenings or stone dust.… Read more →

60 Bragg Hill Achieves NPDES Approval

60 Bragg Hill Achieves NPDES Approval The single most important environmental aspect of building any new structure is the impact the construction has on the land and the resulting changes to the natural behavior of storm water runoff.  Left on her own, Mother Nature does a pretty good job of capturing rainwater and channeling it to the plants, underground aquifers, and surface reservoirs. Slow discharge into the soil, natural evaporation and the gentle swelling of streams… Read more →

Moving a Mountain

Moving a Mountain The 60 Bragg Hill project was given special permission by Pocopson Township and the Chester County Conservation District to start to excavate a portion of our lower driveway area.  As long as we kept the disturbance to less than an acre, we could start to clear some of Bragg Hill to “carve” out an entrance way to our building site. The good news is that the thousands of yards of… Read more →

60 Bragg Hill achieves final PNDI clearance

The formal letter from the US Department of Interior was received today clearing 60 Bragg Hill from the outstanding environmental concerns posed by the State of Pennsylvania.  These state and federal government regulations are imposed to protect endangered species from being threatened by development.  Specifically, the concern for the region of Chester County where the property is located, especially due to its proximity to nearby wetlands is the Bog Turtle… Read more →

Percolation Tests Taken

Percolation Tests Taken Prior to issuing a building permit, Pocopson Township requires detailed storm water management plans for the new house.  The entire area of disturbance must be surveyed and indicated on the site plans. A series of eight test pits were dug at various points on the site and tested for soil percolation values.  Double Ring Infiltrometers were used to measure the rate of soil absorption at prescribed depths.  A 12 foot… Read more →

House Footprint is Surveyed and Staked

The team at Regester Associates completed a detailed survey and staked out the approved footprint for the new home.  The stakeout included the precise position of the perimeter of the home, the proposed driveway and the parking courtyard.  The heavily overgrown underbrush of the site was recently cleared to make way for Jim Fritsch and his staff to complete this task.  This exposed the true contour of the land in… Read more →

Site Topography

Our property is 10 acres of undeveloped, untamed woodland that blankets the steep Northwestern slope and crown of Bragg Hill.  The elevations slope from 340 feet at the apex of the hill to less than 200 feet at the foot of the West branch of the Brandywine Creek at the bottom of the property.  That said, there is only one small area at the top of the hill flat enough… Read more →

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