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

Superior Woodcraft Joins Design Team for Pennsylvania Eco-House, 60 Bragg Hill

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West Chester, PA (PRWEB) February 7, 2010—Though ground has not yet been broken on the sustainable home slated for 60 Bragg Hill in Pennsylvania’s historic Chester County, homeowners Barney and Nancy Leonard have chosen Doylestown-based Superior Woodcraft to provide the custom cabinetry. At this early stage, the cabinetmaker’s vice president Patrick Kennedy and designer Marcy Conti have joined the Integrated Project Delivery team with the homeowners, noted “green”architect Matthew Moger to ensure that the kitchen cabinetry will reflect the home’s aesthetic and ecological vision as well as the Leonard’s budget.

The choice of a cabinetmaker was key for the homeowners. “Kitchen cabinets are very personal,” says Barney Leonard. “You interact with them every single day. They are a very important part of our family’s daily life. Since our vision is to build this home to withstand generations of daily use, we wanted to make a thoughtful choice.” After months of interviews and factory tours, the Leonards chose Superior Woodcraft for its quality cabinetry and environmental stewardship. Superior Woodcraft’s Patrick Kennedy adds that sustainability is not new to his company. “For generations, we have used only wood from sustainably harvested forests. We emphasize finishes that are low in VOCs (volatile organic compounds) and toxins like formaldehyde. Our plywood contains no added urea formaldehyde (NAUF). And 85% of the waste created in crafting our cabinetry is recycled – we have always strived to minimize waste.”

Leonard felt Superior Woodcraft’s artisanal craftsmanship was also important. “For us, building a sustainable home means honoring the ecology of the land—and its heritage. Bragg Hill Road’s history stretches from the Revolutionary War through generation upon generation of American farmers. We felt Superior Woodcraft’s own history of handing down time-honored skills from father to son was right for our own vision of building a home we could hand down through our own family.”

Himself a media consultant, Leonard has been so captivated by Superior Woodcraft’s “story” of delivering utility, harmony and beauty that he is working with Kennedy to use the 60 Bragg Hill project to produce a video documentary about the cabinetmaker.

Superior Woodcraft is just one partner committed to making 60 Bragg Hill into a “living classroom” for green design, sustainable construction methodologies and energy-saving technologies.

Sustainably harvested wood, low VOC finishes and artisanal craftsmanship earned Superior Woodcraft a place on the Integrated Project Delivery team for the 60 Bragg Hill eco-house. The cabinetmaker’s art in creating this green home’s “heirloom kitchen” will also be the subject of an upcoming documentary.