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

A White House in Winter

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This has been a rough winter for anyone living in the northeast part of the US.  It’s been especially difficult when you are required to work outside.  Until the upper level ICF build is complete and a roof is finally put on the home, the construction team will just have to continue to deal with what Mother Nature throws at them.  For the past month now, we’ve been getting weekly snow storms.  Last week’s storm dumped 17 inches of fresh snow on top of the eight inches already on the ground.  It took most of the next day to shovel the snow off the newly installed deck on the upper level.

These photos show not only the amount of snow that has accumulated in recent weeks, but the early formation of the upper level.  Note the enormous frame that will soon become our bedroom window.  In the lower photo, Chloe, our older Vizsla is checking out the dramatic view from this window.  I think she likes it.