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

Vertical Concrete Wall Forms Complete

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All vertical construction of 60 Bragg Hill Road was completed today with the last ICF pour. Under a crisp blue sky, the three remaining gables were infused with concrete and “topped off”.  The only remaining vertical structure is the farmhouse cupola which won’t be built until the roof framing is complete.  Fabricating 12x12 pitch gables with concrete is tricky.  Many ICF homes avoid this step and revert to traditional wood frame construction because it is time and labor intensive.  For 60 Bragg Hill, the importance of the structural and thermal integrity of the home coupled with its architectural design mandated the gables be made of concrete and steel.

What makes this a tricky process is the inverted shape of the concrete mold.  As concrete is poured, the mold gets smaller and narrower making the dense mix a challenge to apply and agitate so that it settles correctly.  Like the other pours before, this was a carefully orchestrated ballet between the Thompson Builders (Mark, Mike and Matt) and Jody, Forcine’s 32 meter Putzmeister concrete pump operator.  This well rehearsed team delivered small bursts of number six slump concrete in the precise location at the right time.  Like a parfait dessert, a predetermined level of concrete was poured and settled in each gable cavity.  Then custom-built reinforced end caps were installed on the sloped edges of gables to define the mold for the next layer of concrete.  This process was repeated four times in a rotating sequence until the three gables were completely filled with concrete and sealed.

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360 degree panorama view of the gable concrete pour. Use your mouse to pan the image left or right. Shift to zoom in, Ctrl to zoom out.