There is no question this is one of the most difficult and challenging jobs we have done–and correspondingly–one of the most creative and client driven designs ever realized. Of course we had no winter until the week we started–and while the ground was not its normal permafrost–it was muddy, filled with ledge, steep, fraught with abundant freshets, and inaccessible for a few months due to Irene from any number of direction. In spite of all that–we were eager to have work for the winter and the clients were game–so here we are three/four months later finishing up the shell on a complicated project that ties three separate buildings together in a house that is marvelously both spacious and diminutive at the same time…ensconced into the steep hill from which it provides spectacular views.
The crew of Andrew and Justin and Morgan and Caleb has done a wonderful job flexing with a number of unpredictable challenges–including some design problems on our part–which in the end were not only rectified but actually improved. The guys have worked in snow and mud and rain and have only been kept from the site when the roads were so muddy that only foot traffic had any hope of getting there. Bethel Mills also deserves real kudos for drivers who negotiated dirt and ice to provide material–have no idea how they pulled it off but they did.
We almost have the shell wrapped up and will be assisting the client with the interior–which will provide some real ownership of the entire process.