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

Enormous openings framed with ICFs

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Due to the design of the many large openings in this home, the main level is the most complex to fabricate using Insulated Concrete Forms.  The large window and door expanses require careful planning, engineering and execution of frames, braces and support structures to withstand the intense weight and pressure during the concrete pour and subsequent 28 day curing period.  Once the concrete has set and fused with the embedded rebar, the external braces and temporary support materials will be removed and reused for the next level of the home.

The animation below shows Mike Thompson maneuvering Drew Bauer into position over the front door opening to affix the rebar inside the Insulated Concrete Forms.

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