RAISING THE UNMILLED TIMBERFRAME OF UNDERHILL HOUSE

It’s been a year since we framed up Underhill House.  We spent the year before that selecting and preparing those timbers.  Watching them come together and sketch the shape of our home against the sky was beyond thrillling.

So here’s a photo replay of some of the most amazing days of my life.

Ready to roll!

Ready to roll!

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Each of the three top beams was made by joining three trees.

Each of the three top beams was made by joining three trees.

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Assembling the first bent.

Assembling the first bent.

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Two bents were assembled on the floor, the third was waiting on the ground.

Two bents were assembled on the floor, the third was waiting on the ground.

Hoisting the bents into place with a crane.

Hoisting the bents into place with a crane.

Each post nestled down over a steel rod set in the concrete.

Each post nestled down over a steel rod set in the concrete.

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Crane operators have amazing skills.

Crane operators have amazing skills.

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A good day's work by our tireless crew.

A good day’s work by our tireless crew.

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Della Hansmann, who designed Underhill House.

Della Hansmann, who designed Underhill House.

Suddenly it felt like a home.

Suddenly it felt like a home instead of an idea.

The porch posts went to the ground.

The porch posts went to the ground.

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Another day of crane work to place the rafters.

Another day of crane work to place the rafters.

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The rafters weren't the only thing hoisted into the air that day.  I got a chance to take some bird's-eye shots.

The rafters weren’t the only thing hoisted into the air that day. I got a chance to take some bird’s-eye shots.

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Underhill House - framed up just a year ago. It's been a busy year.

Underhill House – framed up just a year ago.
It’s been a busy year.

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6 replies

  1. What a wonderful journey in pictures for you and the family. Your dream has blossomed so wonderfully.

    • Thanks Lou
      There are many photos throughout my posts of this building process, and the more recent ones are more complete.
      Underhill House is still a work in progress, but I’m about to take some photos with my daughter, who is updating her portfolio, and they will be posted as soon as they are complete.

    • You know, Monique, it does actually seem to be going really fast. At least when I look back, the parts that are done seem to have happened fast. The work still to be completed seems to be moving more slowly.

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