BARNstorming Connecticut

George and I barnstormed through Connecticut to see a unique Geobarn project underway for about two weeks: a tricky garage addition to a Geobarn-home we built about a year ago.  We arrived to find our ace carpenters Dennis and Theron at work on a magnificent fall day.  Check out the cantilevered porch, and the cupola about to spring out of the central bay of the structure.

We also got a chance to revisit a super-insulated and super-charming Geobarn home in Litchfield, CT.  The Outwater family has moved in, while periodically bringing in tile craftsmen and kitchen counters and all of the finishing touches.  The house is looking very sharp, with a nice clean kitchen and bath, and a terrific cupola lighting up the entry, and Tom reports $15/week in propane heated their whole home through last February’s extreme cold snap!



Lake Erie auto barn day 25: leaving with love

As I mentioned in the last post….usually we look forward to winding down in the last week taking some time to enjoy the fruit of our labor….which was not to be here with the addition of six large garage doors and the arrival of the late ordered windows for the lakeside gable….all of which we were able to make and install–trim and all….exhausted by 3:00 pm Friday afternoon.   I got in the Winnebago, after loading the Volvo on Howards’ trailer–and drove home 500 miles by midnight…bliss to sleep in my own bed….

Of course I had a good cry…leaving a place where beauty shines everywhere and we poured our hearts and souls into this building to make it worthy of our client’s trust in us and the location it graced.  The last day was filled with capstones…the French Hardware on the winch beam,  loading the Volvo, trimming out the last windows just arrived on site, and the last doors hung on a shell that is at least half doors anyway……..and leaving down the driveway with the rear mirror piercing my heart.

Myron and Joey were there of course–two men as solid as the earth and the Amish faith that steadies their way which I humbly admire.  We also got a fine article published in the local paper and already have a half dozen calls and emails from folks wanting a Geobarn there and elsewhere…so it looks like we’ll be back soon for a long while doing what we love to do.

For now–tremulous and tired–it is good to be home.


GeoBarns in Napa?

We’re excited about this project with a visionary developer out in Napa, California.  This Geobarn is being designed to house an artisanal brew-pub and restaurant, offices and residences on the upper floors.  These sketches illustrate a preliminary proposal being advanced in an interesting and rapidly changing area of Napa, in the Oxbow district, which is becoming a kind of cluster of artisan food and drink in the gateway to the Napa Valley.  Our next door neighbor here would be the Napa Wine Train.


Killington Home Revisited

We just revisited a house from last year, in the Killington area, whose owner has been working with one of Geobarns’ key subcontractors, Michael Lewallen, on some very fine finish carpentry.  This was one of the most difficult winter builds we’ve ever done, but it seems the clients have themselves a real gem in the end.