Underhill House is a great place to spend a Polar Vortex. We were snug and cozy with NO FUEL BURNED DURING THE SUNNY PART OF THE DAY.
Doug and I are remodeling a house in Madison with our daughter, Della, who is a green architect. She spent three years in Chicago remodeling existing structures. In Madison, […]
As Underhill House nears completion, we are holding our final open house Sunday January 13. This will be a chance for those of you in the area to have a walk-through and check out some of the materials and methods we have employed, some new and some ancient, to build […]
We are going to get between our two floors on a winder staircase that Della designed. I was going to blog about the wonderful winder stairway at Underhill House today because the basic framing in was completed yesterday. Winders are nice because they minimize how much space the stairs take […]
PLANNING TO DOWNSIZE WITHOUT REALIZING IT Things were happening fast 9 years ago for Doug and me. After years of searching for land in the Driftless Area, we happened upon the 44 acres that would change our lives the weekend before Labor Day. We came back for a second look […]
guest post by Doug Hansmann We always planned to have a mass wall between the kitchen/dining room and the den. It was designed to soak up sun on sunny days and heat from the wood stove on cold nights and cloudy days. But over time we began to realize that […]
In my first post on our timber framing process (Whole Tree Timber Framing Begins at Underhill House ) I stressed the patience required to start a whole tree timber frame project. A week later, I’m still trying to catch my breath after a whirlwind ride (literally and figuratively) as the […]