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Under Construction
Do you enjoy watching those home building shows? 
A photographic diary of a construction project is catalogued.
Greenvale circa 1860.  This was a small Tannery for an  interstate route in the pre civil war years.  There was also a Blacksmith shop and various other buildings which served as pit stops in those days. Greenvale was created as a tree farm by a colonial conservationist.
Hardwood trees surrounded the property - black walnuts, oaks, poplar, even an old Virginian standby - the red buds.
Siting a house is a critical part of the architecture.  Responsibility for the history of this property came into play when we decided to build a home here.  A small cottage in the woods appeared.
The old Tannery had been renovated in the 1970's and old and new wood planks were used. There was an old stone wall foundation below the structure. We wanted to incorporate this into the design and used it.
We hired a one man barn demolition crew and helped him take apart the structure and saved the lumber.  The back wall of the new cottage sits on the old stone foundation - next was excavation.
The footings were dug & poured then foundation walls were built. Above is the photograph of the Level One deck coming together.  Next are the exterior walls with the windows and doors cut out.
The interior framing is braced while the second level is being framed.  This interior photo is of the Great Room looking towards the fireplace.  There is a bay window on the other side.
The Level Two deck is completed and the framing continues on the second level.  They brace the walls at each step forward.  The roof rafters are completed in the next sequence of photos. 
After the framing, the building skin is applied.  We put 30 lb felt on the roof and house wrap to protect the naked house from the coming winter months.  We have not added the back fill & a ladder is shown going to the Mud Room. The above photo is of open rafters with a tray ceiling for the Guest Bedroom upstairs.  I had a professor who liked to say that a building under framing was one of the most beautiful sights.  It is even better when it is your home. Next were tongue and groove painted pine boards were used for the soffits which were installed to receive the metal roof properly.  Windows were finally delivered and installed as snow lightly fell on the site.
The fireplace, my favorite part of this house, is under construction. The interior firebox is made out of oversized handmade brick from Virginia. Block is used to continue creating the fireplace structure. The mason added stone facing on the interior wall from a quarry in West Virginia.  This gives the fireplace a finer look inside. Next scaffolding goes up into the air 
(roughly 36 feet above ground).
The mason collects the exterior fireplace stone from the various stone walls found around the property and builds a chimney which looks like it dates back to the original owner's days.
All the components come together in these final photographs.  A metal roof is installed and siding is nailed in place.  Of course inside the house, the plumbing, heating and cooling, and electrical rough in work is completed.  We install a small multimedia system to meet any future wiring needs.  The photograph shows the great room under framing and later on with drywall.  More photographs will come as we complete the final stages of construction.

Next are the ceramic tile, the hardwood floors, the bathroom plumbing fixtures, the electrical fixtures, and various elements which makes this small cottage our home.

Come back and peek at our progress.

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