putting the plans to action...one timber at a time.
the hundegger...the machine that cuts the timbers.
T-1 week: pre building on winch hill.
a crew of 10 volunteers shows up to help pre-build the timberframe in preparation for next week's raising.
pulling the timbers together
the ships knee...a piece of salvaged wood that Chris kept at the foot of our bed for months
pre-building included cutting holes in our "roof"...the basement roof is the floor of the house.
We prayed for no rain.
A rubber membrane was the only thing protecting us from the elements.
Our timberframe job captain, Tom. He said he's retiring after this job.
The day of the raising...these will soon be our roof.
These bundles are our walls.
And this, is the sight of our soon to be timberframe home.
The volunteer crew showed up 10 before 5...in the morning!
The first wall gets lifted before 7 am.
Our east facing wall.
It has to fit snuggly in the holes in the roof and still be covered by the rubber membrane.
Its the only thing keeping us from the elements.
Chris' job is to make sure we stay dry.
The hole in our roof in the basement...
Our new timberframe coming through.
Ale checks in with the job captain...
With a little help from our friends...
our house starts coming together.
The crane lifts our 2nd floor system. Chris and I built all the 2nd floor off site in one week.
The glass doors with a southern exposure go under these braces.
The support crew is critical in making sure the framers are happy!
Oh, did I mention the weather report: 70% chance of heavy rain, possible hail, gusty winds and lightning.
The crew continues to work in the rain. The only thing that will close down the site is lightning.
A wet, damp construction site...but people keep on working.
Unfortunately, we were not yet water proof.
These are water capturing devices...the rain was a gushing in!
Chris is still smiling.
Good thing these were laminated.
Bill is ready bright and early.
The second floor timbers are already getting placed.
The crane doing its job.
The cowboy works on the stairs.
Our wall bundles are ready to be placed.
The walls get lifted and placed ready for the crane to begin its work.
The first wall panel is set in place.
Our first wall!
Like father, like son.
While the walls are being set, the timberframe continues to be built.
Is it even noon yet? The beer helps the stress.
More wall panels are put in place.
Those are very expensive windows...so be careful!
Normally, a timberframe crew consists of 4-6 men...
We had about 30 working on our house!
And viewers still said it looked so effortless and coordinated..."like a dance", Lois said.
a view from the panel area.
Using mechanical advantages.
And a hell of a lot of teamwork!
The kitchen crew made sure everyone was well fed. They are lifesavers!
The Lunch bell!
A good crowd shows up for lunch.
Back to work.
The parents are scoping their guest room.
The north side of the house will get less sunlight...
hence the small windows.
Jeff directs the crane.
The rafters get flown in.
The master bedroom
The view from the driveway.
Its starting to look like a house.
And has so much more space than the basement.
Bill keeps himself busy doing a great job at cleaning up.
Timberframers of all ages.
Tedd Benson takes his hard hat off for a well deserved break.
He's been on break all day!
A very important consultation...
Ale gets upstairs to see her house.
"What are we going to do with all this space?!"
She gets worried b/c of the clouds and rain.
Notice the hammer stapler...there's soon to be a bandaide and duct tape.
Swinging the red blow
more joinery and details in our house.
even more details...
One of our favorite details...splines.
Remember the ships knee that Chris kept at the foot of the bed?
Another salvaged piece.
The topping tree...
its a tradition to nail a tree to the top of a finished timberframe.
It's good luck.
Another ceremonial kiss...
thats two this year.
Time to party!
Hard hat off...but look at the duct tape.
Our crane operator.
We want you...to have a beer and celebrate!
The party from inside the house.
There's the duct tape...over the staple.
The Iron Chef!
Great burgers! Great day!
It dried out!
And they said heavy rain with hail!?
Not bad for one day's work.
Is this really our house?
The computer room and stairs.
The living room.