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

Site and House Scale Model

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Two dimensional diagrams and technical drawings are useful in the construction process, but during the design and conceptual stages of a new home, a three dimensional scale model is indispensable.  There is no substitute for a physical scale model that communicates the vision of the architect better than a model.  Such a model was hand crafted by Matthew Moger.

The model illustrated above was an indispensable component for the design charette on August 7th, 2009.  All of the principals in the design team used this model as a key reference facilitating critical decisions in the early phases of this project.  Without such a model, we would have spent extra time and resources to accomplish our goals.  Matthew used the detailed elevations provided by the civil engineers and spent untold hours fabricating this model of cork, wood and other materials to create this highly accurate scale model