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

Steel and Wood Bring Character to 60 Bragg Hill

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So far, styrofoam, re-bar and concrete has been the predominant building material.  But, as the lower level concrete forms cure, the M. W. Thompson team turns to new disciplines, both old and new.  The design of 60 Bragg Hill’s main level is complex, revealing for the first time the disparate substances and textures that make up the heart of the home.  The giant modern steel frame for the western facing glass curtain wall was carefully welded together in frigid temperatures while the timber framer hand planed and sanded oak beams milled from trees grown on the site.

A colorful sequence of photos can be viewed at Sparks Fly Making the Window Wall Frame in slide show section.