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....

george

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