Coastal Woodworking shop
Hampton, VA

 

 

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If you are looking for a building that has the following attributes:

  • Structurally adequate, beautiful and elegant
  • Surpasses all building code requirements
  • Highest Vermont craftsmanship and quality workmanship
  • Built of the finest materials
  • Meets your budget
  • An honest and enthusiastically intense contractor who takes pride in his work and great care to give you exactly what you want
  • A building that provides a pleasant, relaxing and joyful experience every time you look at it or enter it
  • Provides an unforgettable construction experience and a friend for life

then you need a GeoBarn built by my friend George Abetti.

My wife Sue and I first met George through Paul, a friend of ours who had a GeoBarn built by him (see PW,VA testimonial) in Kilmarnock, Virginia. I called Paul to discuss whether he thought George would be interested in building a workshop for us that would be one of the smallest (24x16 footprint) structures that he had built. At that time George was in the process of completing one of his largest GeoBarn projects for Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards and we weren’t sure he would be interested in working on something so small. Paul encouraged me to contact George, which we did……. and to our delight he was interested and enthusiastic about building our small workshop. We met with Gorge and David at our beach home and reviewed the preliminary plans I drew up. After several back & forth e-mails, phone calls and input on a wide variety of ideas from George,………. he/we came up with a new modified set of plans for our GeoBarn workshop, that incorporate his modified post & beam timber construction with diagonal framing and met all our design needs. We agreed on a working budget, that we would provide the foundation, a place for the crew and George to stay and George would build our GeoBarn workshop on the foundation.

Piles for the foundation were driven in the summer of 2012 and the foundation, comprised of 6x12 pressure treated beams bolted to the piles was completed in September. Materials arrived from Vermont and construction began in October. From the start of our project I wanted to be involved in the construction of our workshop…….George encouraged this and I worked side by side with George and his crew (Curtis, Ben & Robert), as part of the crew…..it was a great positive experience that I will never forget. In spite of challenges that Hurricane Sandy brought to George and crew,… we were able to get back on schedule and finish the GeoBarn structure on December 1st.

Not only have we had an amazing construction experience, we now have a wonderful GeoBarn workshop and an unforgettable friend in George who we have built a long lasting and valued friendship with.

Thanks again George!
S & D, VA

For the past week I have been working in Hampton VA--finishing up the petite but industrially complex workshop for my delightful and meticulously thorough client...who has been planning and realizing this in his dreams for a couple of decades now. Retiring a couple of months ago after 48+ years working for Newport News Shipbuilding Systems he has turned his full energy and attention to the shop--so we worked out a deal where I would come and work with him to finish out the interior--or as much as possible of it--in a week's time.

Not only are these clients warm and hospitable and wonderful cooks to boot--but I got to listen to the waves lulling me to sleep outside my open window every night--wonderfully calming during an otherwise pretty stressful time in the business with winter work running out and scrambling to get ready for the summer onslaught on its way...

We were fortuitously able to finish all the major surfaces--with v-groove on the ceilings, shiplap on the walls on both levels, and using beaded doug fir liberally in the cupola and dormer gables, rake soffits and yet to be installed window trim/casings. It has exceeded our expectations--and the stair handrails and EMT balusters provide an industrial elegance surprising both of us.

My client--an engineer by trade--is way ahead of of me on numerous details. I was sure we would blow through the shiplap walls in a day or two--but the 26 outlets upstairs and too numerous to count below easily doubled that estimate....one of the boards on the east gable actually had 18--yes 18--cuts in it to accommodate four boxes as well as a transom window above it...As any die hard shop guy will tell anyone who will listen--one can never have too many outlets....

At only 24x16 and a story and a half--this building packs a massive amount of engineering and passed the RISA 3-D stress analysis with flying colors with operators used to evaluating aircraft carriers....

We are both in love with this building--and because of this common bond--have both found a friend for life and for me a place that was hard to leave this evening after a long day of running shiplap. He'll be at it for months to come and their doors will always be open for another visit--anytime.

There is simply no way to express thanksgiving for such a gift....looking in my rear view mirror at the ship's lantern glowing softly in the cupola....on my way.

george

 

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