Eastman New Hampshire Home Haven
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I visited the Eastman, NH project yesterday to pick up some stray boards after running out of the same color in Fairfield CT....one of the rare times it helps to be running multiple projects.... 8-)
This structure is above all a testament to the crew and clients who literally gutted it out through one of the worst winters we have endured in along time....with tons of snow, arctic temperatures, cranky tools and wretched roads. It took me almost an hour to back the construction trailer onto the site with the snow and ice months ago...and that was late, last fall...a harbinger of hardships yet to come. There was so much show the crew routinely had to shovel their way to get close enough to the building to work on it--sometimes losing the equivalent of a day per week to do so. I of course--if you recall--had made the initially enlightened (smug) decision to winter/work in sunny North Carolina to avoid exactly such adverse conditions--but of course they had record snow and single digit cold as well....all while living in a non-insulated camper for three months... :-(
I must also say that our clients have been exceptional....always encouraging, willing to consider alternate ideas and even to engage in some spirited discussions (aka irenic arguments) to improve the design midstream--always a characteristic of a healthy builder/client relationship. I am very opinionated--and certainly wrong on occasion :-P --so having these interchanges always improved the quality and future livability of the building....as per the attached floor plans. Their loving hearts and positive attitude even in the worst of winter conditions never failed to lift our spirits--and they were always prompt to pay even when we had fallen behind the planned schedule. In addition to the stalwart crew of Andrew, Justin and Morgan--we have now been able to turn the building interior over to (Michael) Lewallen Builders to bring the interior to completion, who excels at this phase and helps keep the rest of our crews freezing in the cold and wading in the mud....a ministry of compassion to be sure....
Yesterday in the bright sun and melting snow and ankle deep mud I stood there and gave thanks to all of them and to God for the grace we have experienced through the hardship winter into the promise of spring....it has been a hard but heartfelt journey. My thoughts wandered to my dad, who always quotes Dante coming out of hell in The Divine Comedy...."e quindi uscimmo, a riveder le stelle..."....
"and coming forth, to once again see the stars".....or at least yesterday, the sun.