Happiness beyond words....

Ive prayed for my precious daughter for years that she would find a truly good man to share her life with.  A man who was kind, compassonate, someone she could really talk to and laugh with.  Someone who wasn't intimidated by her strength but who would embrace her for the person she is.  I can hardly contain the love and happiness I feel on their wedding day and its all because of Scott.  Hes the right man.  Thank you God for this wonderful man, your gift to Karly for the rest of her life.

Our Karly Girl is Getting Married... The Day Before the Wedding

What an incredible time it has been, planning for our daughters wedding while at the same time building a home. She originally wanted the wedding at Summit Ranch.  Scott, in his infinite wisdom realized there was a good chance that the house would not be finished and that construction "facilities" might not compliment a Bride in a wedding dress,   So Foxboro Ranch was selected as the venue and what a beautiful choice that was!  They wanted a casual rehearsal picnic where people could laugh and play and where our two families could get to know one another even better.  We LOVE the Feather family. We had a beautiful day decorating the Club House and eating great food, (prepared by Jim and Kelly).  

Timberbuilt Team

This team of highly skilled timber frame/SIP experts came into our lives and literally erected our home in 2.5 weeks.  Their professionalism and work ethic unsurpassed.  These gentlemen worked through pouring rains and even a hail storm as August turned into a record rainfall month in northern Arizonas history.  It was amazing watching them work and there is nothing I would ask them to do differently.  Timberbuilt has been simply an outstanding timber home builder to partner with.  From left to right:  Mike, Nick, Dan, Tyler and Andrew  (Dan served as this teams foreman)

Thank you just doesnt seem to be enough!

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What an exciting couple of weeks! Huge timbers moving through the air.

Mike and I are in awe, not only from day to day but literally moment to moment watching Timberbuilt erect this home.  They are so kind to tolerate our many questions and yet it doesn't seem to slow them down at all.  Here you are seeing huge timbers coming in for the front deck. 

This never gets old, watching this highly skilled team install huge timbers. These ones happen to be for an outside covered deck.

Wall (SIP's) are going up!

For those curious....  Our home was a custom design.  Timberbuilt, out of North Collins New York, worked with us to design the home, coordinated with Insulspan to create the SIP's and are expert timber framers .  We took one of their most popular plans and altered it to our site and ideas.  The plans were all drawn digitally and by the time they were done you could travel through the home on a computer and get a sense for every space.  These SIP walls are structural and weight bearing.  Although this is a timber frame home, the SIP's will carry the load for the homes perimeter and huge timbers will carry the rest.

An Exciting Day!

We started talking to Timberbuilt about helping to build this home over 3 years ago.  It certainly seems sereal to see a pickup with skilled craftsmen driving in with a Timberbuilt truck!  It is all just very exciting!  Two hours later, a semi truck carrying all of our external walls, SIP's arrived.  The road in a little dicey for a 60' trailer!

Evidence Timberbuilt is moving in....

Saturday morning leaving to work we found a lift parked by Highway 180 and FS Road 794, evidence that Timberbuilt was in the area.  We are over the moon excited about this dream on the verge of coming true.  Our first contact with Timberbuilt was three years ago.  Planning, designing and trying to image what this home would truly look like.  We are about to find out.  A Timber Frame SIP home goes up in 2-3 weeks with a highly skilled team in this form of construction.  Highly energy efficient and tough, this home will be hear hundreds of years after we are gone.  

The concrete team arrived at 5:30am to get the garage floor poured

Arriving at 5:30 am to beat the rain; this team poured the concrete floor in the garage.  

Sammy followed me around to the opposite side of the house from where Mike was standing.  When I decided to climb up to the sub-floor, Sammy got nervous and decided to make a run for it back to Mike..... ACROSS the newly smoothed over concrete.  The guy in the concrete truck was rolling over in laughter, but not the guys working so hard to smooth the floor.  So Sammy and I decided to leave, our help no longer needed.

Sammy followed me around to the opposite side of the house from where Mike was standing.  When I decided to climb up to the sub-floor, Sammy got nervous and decided to make a run for it back to Mike..... ACROSS the newly smoothed over concrete.  The guy in the concrete truck was rolling over in laughter, but not the guys working so hard to smooth the floor.  So Sammy and I decided to leave, our help no longer needed.

Progress despite dramatic rains ........

We have to hand it to Russ and his framing crew.  They have worked through the drizzling rains to get the sub-floor on.  Some days have been lost due to raging down-pours, dramatic at this elevation!  Timberbuilt still planning on arriving on Monday with our SIPS and Timber Frame and their team of experts.  What a beautiful journey it is....  

Russ and his framing team getting the sub-floor and decking done. Just a lot of talent. 

Russ and his framing team getting the sub-floor and decking done. Just a lot of talent. 

Rain hanging on the fence....

Rain hanging on the fence....

Stem wall and Jeremy's visit home ....

It's so hard to have to go to work and miss all the awesome progress happening at Summit Ranch with our new home under construction.  This will be an extremely efficient Timber Frame/SIP home built off the grid. (SIP's are "Structural Integrated Panels" for anyone wanting to research this form of building).  Here are photos of the stem wall going up, some of our kids spending precious time here this week and Curtis Chance doing preliminary electrical layout.  Grateful describes it all.  Eternally grateful. 

 

More dirt moving than I imagined..

We finally got the new home through permitting in June, two months later than we had hoped.  Since that time it has been a flurry of activity.  After waiting for so long for construction to start, I found myself anxiety ridden over every wild flower disappearing under the wheels of a tractor.  

Today the site is level and a Survey Team has staked out every corner and foundation pier.

Getting it all level.  It just looks so huge ...

Getting it all level.  It just looks so huge ...