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

Bragg Hill: Our Story

Building a home, especially a green home wasn’t on our list of “must dos”.  My wife, Nancy and I wanted to move to a more rural area once our children graduated college and moved out of the house.  Our desire for more land was as much for our souls as for our dogs.  The marketplace for existing homes on a decent plot of land in the western suburbs of Philadelphia proved disappointing.  These older homes and farmhouses were either too much in disrepair or just not conducive to our tastes and desired lifestyle.

The thought of building a home, albeit a sustainable one, never crossed our minds until we set our eyes on Bragg Hill.  This ten acre triangular plot of undeveloped wooded land sat on the market for several years.  It’s remote, difficult to get to, heavily wooded, very hilly, an overgrown mess, and just perfect!  It had our name on it.

That was 18 months ago.  Today, we are in the throes of designing our dream home—our last and only home on this most stubborn and yet beautiful wedge of woodland we call Bragg Hill.