TAM barn
Halifax VT

 

 

 

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Hello George,

When I first called you in September, 2008, I had no clue what serendipitous wheels were being set in motion. My wife and I had our hearts set on a barn, we had seen some of your work, and we took a shot.

The process unfolded so smoothly that it seemed like we were just watching things occur. For almost forty years, I’ve had the dream of owning a piece of Vermont property upon which I build a barn and a house.  Annie has enthusiastically supported that dream and made it hers as well.  So, now with your assistance, plus that of your crew, we have this gorgeous barn. It is still incredible to me how effortlessly it all came together, on time, within budget, with about as few glitches as you could imagine for a project of this size.

I’ve been dragging around this quote for years. It’s a little long, but it just kind of fits with the dream and in particular, our barn building experience:

“Until one is committed, there is always hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans:

                  The moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too.

All sorts of things occur to help one that never otherwise would have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man would have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do, or dream you can begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now”

Goethe

For my part, working side-by-side with Andrew and Justin was a blast, certainly amongst the best vacation experiences I’ve ever had and over much too soon.  Even with the rain, the mud, and the need to work off of a generator, we made blazing fast progress and I learned a lot about the “right way” to put up a barn. Thank you, George, for allowing me the opportunity to work with your crew and to include my sweat equity in the bargain. That took faith and some guts too.

When Andrew and Justin and I had finished the basic frame of the barn, we had a little topping off ceremony, attaching a small evergreen to the bare roof peak. In my understanding, this symbolized growth, good luck to inhabitants, builders and designers and also pride of accomplishment.  It was a moment I won’t forget and a picture I will always treasure. 

George, Annie and I are most appreciative of your integrity, your design skill and your keen aesthetic sense. We are grateful to you for providing value and quality in a package that matched our needs, met our budget requirements and aligned perfectly with our vision for our property. Your advice on siting the barn was dead on; much better than my original choice. An easier spot to dig a foundation too, as it turned out.

Last fall, after the leaves were gone, Annie and I realized that the barn could be seen from a short stretch of Rt. 112.  The barn, viewed from that spot, looks as if it has been there for 100 years or more. Our barn is just perfect for us and sits handsomely and comfortably in its surroundings.

Thanks and Warmest Regards,
TAM

 

 


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