NC Mountain Lake House
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The last two weeks have been extremely eventful...insane weather (10" of
snow in the "sunny south"), returning from a week's vacation with
Susanne in Charleston, acquiring another sub for the home stretch (Steve
Bayless), and seeing the building come together in ways we never could
have imagined with the windows, siding and trim....creating the beauty
that we hoped for but never realize until the very end.
On a deeply personal note...we are also grieving as a Geobarn family
with and for one of our subs and his wife over the loss of their still
born daughter. We ask your prayers for them in their shock and grief in
the midst of this unfathomable tragedy.
I am leaving Wilkesboro in a few days to visit children/grandchildren,
my parents and four more clients on a multiple stop trip home--leaving
the crew here for a week or two to wrap the rest of the trim and
internal framing and to build a couple dozen Geobarn doors (example
attached) for the interior to be installed by the GC managing the rest
of the trades and interior finishes. Our clients are celebrating
tonight with a Glogg & Graze....a Swedish style party that may last
forever....and we look forward to a good unwind after a breakneck week
working until dark almost every day...made easier by the best load of
trim and shiplap ever delivered by Bethel Mills out of Vermont....8-)
As much as I long to go home--it is painful to think of leaving after
having poured myself into this odyssey for two and a half months
now....with our magnificent, diligent west coast crew (all from
California) and savvy, good natured clients who have been a privilege to
work for and an integral part of the dialectical design/build process.
I have also learned a lot being in North Carolina here in
Wilkesboro...which used to be the moonshine capital of the world and
where everyone loves Nascar....in that these attributes in no way
fulfilled the biases I brought with me here:-\ . I found instead some
of the most cultured and gracious people I have ever met along with some
superb craftsmen who pour perfect slabs and laid up the most accurate
foundation we have ever built upon--it has been humbling to say the least.
The crew and I are all ready to return to our beloveds who keep the home
fires burning--without whom none of this creative, joyful, marathon
process could ever take place....to be restored and refreshed and get
ready for the next Geobarn journey....