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

House Design Takes Shape

As the schematic design phase of the project concludes, our new home is starting to take shape.  The design we agreed to peruse was influenced by elements from all four concepts.  Our decision to zero in on Plan C was made collaboratively by the entire design team.  A simple, single structure footprint minimizes disturbance and is kinder to the environment and pocketbook.  To simplify the design even more, we decided to eliminate the angle of the main wing, originally cranked to optimize the view of the valley below and work with a right angled structure only   This decision not only simplifies our foundation, provide better landscaping options but will save significant money in construction costs.  The dramatic views of the valley are now enhanced by the creation of a large corner window element in the Western facing great room.

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