Slideshow (395 photos)

The Hut (map)

Back porch, no roof, floor, or framing


Back porch timbers and ceiling (2x6 T&G white cedar)


Back porch floor, made from 2x4 T&G white cedar harvested in Pompey


Framing on the bay window


framing on the bay window, looking into the beginnings of the chimney


Framing on bay window as it interfaces with the timber frame


Bay window area with the windows installed


Bay window area with scaffolding


Framing on the interior of the bedroom


Ceiling of the first floor is finished with maple harvested from our home in Pompey

First floor with completed chimney and Lucie on the mezzanine


Front door is finally installed with the Emtek latch kit


The emtek front door latch


The siding begins to creep around the house and onto the porch


Another shot of the front porch; the large crate left of the door is the boiler


The Hut enclosed in plywood; the building finally begins to take form


The Hut enclosed in plywood, seen from the front


Jack tries a mockup of the stairs that Steve built


Jim standing on the back porch before the floor was installed


We set up a temporary camp in the meadow dubbed "Mosquito Camp" for obvious reasons

The Hut is stained dark brown (as required by our APA permit)


The large boulders are to receive the porch posts


One of the boulders that will act as a support for a porch post


The timber frame of the roof system


Two types of siding are used -- red cedar shingles and red cedar clapboard

View of the dix range from the bay window


Looking out the bay window from within the great room


Looking at the bay window area from the second floor prior to the chimney


Looking into the bedroom from the outside


The completed drainage system for the outdoor shower


Head on view of the Hut; the trim and flooring are stored under blue tarps on the porch


Another view of the Hut from the side


The first snow on the Hut


Air intake of the chimney


Wood support for the fireplace opening archway


The arch of the fireplace opening, with the wood support in place


Stonework on the left side of the fireplace arch


Keystone in the fireplace arch


Fireplace arch with firebrick in the back


Completed fireplace opening; Mark in the background


Completed fireplace opening; Mark and Lucie in the background


Chimney with scaffolding, just before breaking through the roof


Chimney with scaffolding, just before breaking through the roof


Chimney from the mezzanine with the fan airspace and wood stove flue


Completed chimney


Another shot of the completed chimney


Another shot of the completed chimney


Chimney from the mezzanine with the temporary ridge pole support still in place


Chimney from the mezzanine with the fan airspace and wood stove flue


Closeup of the rocks in the chimney at the mezzanine level


Stones gathered from the property for the chimney


More stones gathered from the property for the chimney


Staging area for stones gathered from the property for the chimney


Closeup of a few stones


Staging area for the chimney stones as seen from the roof


Exterior scaffolding for building the chimney above the roof


Closeup of the stonework around the cubby in the kitchen


Closeup of the stonework below the hearth


Chimney in the kitchen galley


Chimney at about the 6' level


Stonework around the cubby in the kitchen


Stonework around the air intake


Stonework around the wood storage cubby


Stonework around the air intake and wood storage cubby


Closeup of embedded river stones


Another closeup of embedded river stones


Stonework on the left side of the wood storage cubby


Stonework on the right side of the wood storage cubby


Carefully fit stones in the chimney


Stonework in the kitchen galley near the floor


Taking a rest after collecting chimney stones from the property


Metal air intake vents in the fireplace box


Fireplace box from above


The timber frame is supported at 5 positions by the chinney. To do so, the chimney had to be built around the free-floating members, then the temporary supports removed.


The hole has been cut into the ceiling to allow for the chimney


Jim and Jack load equipment onto the flatbed for transport to the Hut; this equipment was used to collect stones for the chimney from the property


Mark cleans out the joints between the stones


Mark's diamond saw


Mark grinds the edge off a stone to achieve a proper fit


Mark begins the chimney


Round stones from the Boquet gathered for use in the chimney


The collection of round stones gathered from the river for use in the chimney


The crew that did the initial gathering of stones for the chimney


Staging area for the chimney stones


Bales of cellulose await loading into the hopper


The bay window with all the surrounding maple paneling completed


The bedroom has two closets, each paneled with maple. We used the maple with the most defects for this job.


The completed paneling in the bedroom


Another view of the completed paneling in the bedroom


The cherry paneling had to be scribed where it met with the maple ceiling, since the maple ceiling was warped and cupped due to moisture damage


A view of the bedroom closet with the new canister lights installed on the ceiling above


The first flooring was laid near the chimney in the kitchen


Leslie inspects the hickory flooring


New canister lights in the great room


New canister lights in the bedroom


The toilet closet was paneled with cherry scraps down low and maple up higher


The cherry paneling in the bedroom was scribed around each oak rafter


Up close and personel with the cherry paneling in the bedroom


The completed insulation job in the bathroom. Cellulose was blown into the various cavities in the exterior wall.


Careful work by Skip the electrician


The first window extension jamb and sill installation in the bathroom


Another window with a completed extension jamb


The extension jamb on the triangular window


The hickory floor was carefully scribed around the stonework of the chimney


The chumney hearth showing the careful scribe work on the flooring


Closeup of the floor around the hearth


I installed cherry flooring on the ceiling above the bedroom closet; this flooring was extra from our house construction 15 years ago


More flooring around the side of the chimney


More flooring around the side of the chimney


More flooring around the side of the chimney


Side of the great room from the loft


The great room and chimney with the scaffolding


Green board installed in the shower


The interior bedroom wall was insulated, both for sound proofing and to shut off part of the house in the winter


Johnny finishes the final corner of flooring in the bedroom


Katey helps break up the cellulose bales as they enter the hopper


The bathroom wall prominently displays a natural knot in the maple


The maple flooring in the loft, partially completed


Lucie sands the front door; for some reason, the door was delivered with black mold on the lower half


The paneling (maple) and trip (cedar) in the dressing room, all from scraps left over from our basement project


The wall paneling was carefully installed around the braces of the frame


Paneling in the bathroom, partially complete


Paneling in the hallway and utility area


Completed paneling in the bathroom, wide angle view


Paneling in-progress in the great room


Paneling in-progress in the great room


Paneling in the loft just after it was completed


Paneling in the loft just after it was completed


The panels in the peak of the roof needed to be assembled in advance, then slide up behind the post-and-beam structure using a sledge hammer


Schelly emerges from the Hut just after a session with the insulation blower


Schelly cuts flooring on the chop saw


A nasty job, Schelly blows insulation into the bathroom wall


The bedroom before the closet was paneled


The wood stove prior to installation


The wood stove with its first fire


The wood stove and pipe, just after installation


Fisheye view of the toilet closet


The first window to be completed with its trim, in this case, walnut wood


Fisheye view of the bedroom and closets


Fisheye view of the bedroom, ready for the floor sander


Fisheye view of the bedroom, ready for the floor sander


Great room cleared of tools and ready for the floor sander


Great room cleared of tools and ready for the floor sander


The great room with the doors stacked against the wall


Looking at the bay window from the loft


Bathroom hallway

The chimney and gear room


Countertop made of Adirondack granite (in the Cold Springs Granite showroom)


An outdoor shower is installed on the west side of the Hut, providing us early access to water


The outdoor shower is made of rough copper piping, well suited to the look-and-feel of the Hut


Pressure tank in the utility room


A temporary toilet is installed for the crew


There is a dug well with a concrete top. This has since been raised another 4 feet.


In the spring, there was 9' of water in the well


A model of the underfloor heating system used under the wood floor


The floor of the outdoor shower is a pit, lined with plastic and filled with river stones


The outdoor shower is drained to the hillside using PVC pipe left over from the septic installation


The floor of the outdoor shower is drained via PVC pipe to the hillside


The drain pipe is covered with mesh to prevent animals from taking up shop


Plumbing a la Mike Morris and Sons


Bob on the roof, preparing it for the roof panels


A large crew is required to lift the 10" stress skin panels onto the roof


The roof is finally installed -- 24 guage standing seam, double lock, Hartford green


The new roof


The new roof from the northwest with cutouts for the kitchen exhaust, boiler, and septic vent


The pile of 10" stress skin for use on the roof

  Site Work

Adam trims the "Adirondack Palm Tree"


Adam saws off his lanyard (not)


Large bucket on the excavator


Forms for the footer


South side of the foundation -- forms for the footer


Excavation crew dumping sand, then moving it into the foundation


Sheehan's excavator with its enormous bucket


Back filling the foundation with sand


Back filling the foundation with sand


Foundation as seen from the front of the hut as the excavation crew pack sand into the interior


View of the foundation from the west. The large concrete box in the center is the foundation for the chimney; the smaller free-standing piers are for posts in the timber frame.


Jim digs the trench for the phone cable on a hot, sweaty day


Jim measures the Hut site


Jim chips branches cleared from the view


John consults with the representative from the power company


The new driveway; the box on the right is the transformer


The excavation crew packs the sand with a tamping machine


A man from the power company repairs the transformer


The building site for the Hut before any work


Crane at the site before the raising


Looking south from the virgin site; stakes and ropes mark the locations of the building


The site layout occurred when the site was still snow covered; a sled was used to transport equipment to the site


The beginning of work on the concrete footers


Overview of the hole before the foundation


Another overview of the hole before the foundation


The view from the bay window

  Stone Floor

Mark and his brother Phil cement the floor stones into position


The stone floor is laid out dry; the joints between the floor stones are filled with small river pebbles


The stone floor after everything has been leveled and cemented into place; several of the pebble fillers are done as well


The completed stone floor before the sealer is applied


The stone floor after sealing: one of the pebble sections


The stone floor as seen from the bathroom door


Another pebble section in the floor; the pebbles were collected by hand from the Boquet River


Several more pebble sections in the stone floor


Pebble sections in the stone floor


The finished (and sealed) stone floor


The finished (and sealed) stone floor as seen from the bathroom door


The stone flooring, still in its palletes

  Timber Frame

Jim holds the temporary brace as the others lower the ridge pole into position


Steve's timber framing shop


Closeup of timbers on the back porch


Bag of webbing uses by the Amstutz crew in assembling the frame


The bottom of the posts are sealed before placing them on the metal brackets


Up close and personal with the braces


Bucket of dowels used hold the joints together


Calvin prepares a mortise in the shop


Calvin drills a hole for a dowel


Calvin uses giant orange hammer to wack something into place


Calvin working in the shop on the timbers


Carpenter butt


Clamping the floor section to the door section


Mike climbs the door section


Colin pushes scaffolding onto the second floor


Colin messing around with the giant hammer, Kevin in the background


Comealongs used to hold up sections of the frame during the raising


Another comealong


Nifty joinery in the timber frame


More cool joinery in the timber frame


Cool spline holds together a complex joint in the timber frame


Boom of the crane during the raising


Crane hook flies through the air


Hook of the crane


Crane moves a load of timbers off the delivery truck


Calvin cuts a dowel to make room for the ridge pole


Dennis can't resist climbing onto the ridge pole after the raising


Skethcy traversing on the ridge pole


Doug and Nancy locate the metal brackets on which the posts rest


Doug and Nancy locate the metal brackets on which the posts rest


Doug and Nancy prep the floor section before it is raised into position


Doug working with a clamp during the raising


Doug cuts a dowel to length


The crane operator directing traffic


Doug preps beams for the crane


Practiced hands perform the delicate work of moving timbers into place


Practiced hands perform the delicate work of moving timbers into place


Cutting dowels to length


More trimming of dowels


Drills sit idle


Preparing a large section of the timber frame for lifting by the crane


The timber frame without the rafters and ridge pole


Framing on the mezzanine floor


Section of the mezzanine floor before it was moved into place with the crane


The crew prepares to receive the ridge pole


Various bents ready to be raised


The timber frame, about 1/3 completed


The first large bents has just been moved into position


The completed timber frame is surrounded by stick-built 2x6 walls


Steve and Doug preparing for the first large bent


Porch posts partially completed


Front porch framing as seen from the front door


The completed front porch -- 2x4 T&G white cedar floor, 2x6 T&G white cedar ceiling, cedar posts, and pine timber framing


Completed front porch, seen from the west


Completed front porch; the yellow wire is for a hanging lantern


Completed front porch, seen from the east


Front porch posts temporarily held in place


Front porch, incomplete, left side


Completed front porch seen from the north with the large columns resting on boulders moved from elsewhere on the property


Front porch seen from the front (north)


Front porch seen from the west; there is a hole where the chinney will soon appear through the roof


Another view of the front porch from the west


View showing the ceiling of the front porch


Front porch posts demonstrating the careful scribing where the posts meet the rock


Crew members prepare the floor section to be raised into position


Amstutz's shop with Jack making a phone call while Calvin works


Jim and Lucie during the raising


Jim and Tommy watch the frame raising


Jim holds up a brace -- one of the few jobs I could do


Jim does nothing, waiting orders


Jim connects the strapping to the crane


Jim spots the post as it's moved across the site


Jim positions a post onto a metal plate on the foundation


A post is positioned, making sure that the brace and horizontal member are fit at the same time


Jim prepares the straps for lifting a member


Jim helping out from the heights


Moving about the timber frame is easy for climbers


Jim tries to be helpful, but probably is getting in the way


Trimming a dowel to the correct length


Pounding a dowel into place to hold a joint together


Joe and Tommy climb around on the completed frame


The "climbers" help position the scaffolding


Kevin holds a brace in position while a post is slid into position


Kevin clamps a strongback onto a joint to provide lateral strength during lifting


The crew getting started with the raising; Steve is dealing with an issue where the iron rods in the foundation are mispositioned


Carpenter's level


Four strong backs are required to move a rafter subsection


Continuing to move the rafter subsection, Doug comes to help


Continuing to move the rafter subsection, Doug helps, Jou and Doug watch


The very first frame subsection raised into postion -- the king posts around the front door


A bucket of comealongs


A bucket of tension straps


Lucie and Jim on raising day -- all done


Lunch on raising day


A mallet


A mallet and chisel


Tools lay about on the site


Killer drills


Mike positions a post with a spline


Mike measures something


Mike installs a temporary shim


A minor ridge pole is lowers into position


Mike gets aggressive with the orange mallet


The tenon slides into position in its mortise


Steve and Jim move rafters around


Nancy planes the end of a post


Doug guides a horizontal member into place onto a spline


A large subsection of rafters is lifted by crane and positioned around the chimney opening


Richard and Tom guide the rafters into position


The first ridge pole is moved into position


The first bent is moved into position


A post flies through space


Bits of the timber frame are assembled on the ground before being raised


Setting up the straps and comealong in order to pull together the two bents


Doug coats the end grain of a post with preservative


Raising the final bent


The final bent, a little higher


The final bent now flies through the air


The final bent is lowered into position


The finished frame


A closeup of the raising crew


Another view of the finished frame and crew


The red oak used in our timber frame, just after delivery from Rhode Island


Raw material in the Amstutz shop


Richard attaches a comealong to pull sections of the frame together


Pile of sawdust generated during the raising


Amstutz's heavy-duty sawhorses


Closeup of the scribe work of the left porch post


Scribe work of the left porch post


The front ridge pole is positioned in place


Another view of the front ridge pole being installed


All hands on deck for the second ridge pole


Securing the second bent


The stairwell; no stairs yet, as this is one of the last things to be installed


Steve cleans the debris from a mortise


Monir adjustments are made to a tenon to ensure a proper fit


Steve uses a small tractor to move timbers around his yard and shop


Joe and Steve prepare the rafter subsections that surround the chimney


Steve and Mike oversee the movement of member


Steve and Mike slide the roof truss together


Steve inspects a mortise before fitting together the mating members


The crane ball is moved into position by Steve


Steve uses superhuman strength to casually move a 300 pound post; Kevin looks on in awe


Steve does his thing


Steve positions a brace as a complicated joint comes together


Just before the joint comes together


Steve hands something up to Jim


Steve straps and Kevin clamps -- preparing to move a section of timber frame with the crane


Steve applies straps to a frame section to move with the crane


Straps on frame bits


Timber frame bits in Steve's shop


Braces in Amstutz's shop


Lots of timber frame bits await installation


More timber frame bits


More timber frame bits


The entire Hut frame, sitting in storage awaiting installation


The timber frame is partially built on the ground prior to the raising


The timber frame is partially built on the ground prior to the raising; Lucie sits in the middle


Tommy working during the raising


Taking a break from the action


Working during the raising


A small hand-made toolbox


Signaling the crane operator to lift using non-standard signals


Giant mallets

  Wood Harvest

Cherry log, just after being dropped; a fine specimen


Beginning a cut on a virgin maple log


Partway through a cut on a virgin maple log

Once the log is squared, many planks can be quickly cut


Beginning a cut on a cherry log


Closeup of the band saw blade cutting a maple log


Another view of Dan on his portable band mill, Doug in the background


Erin and Zack watch the band mill


Erin and Zack skid an enormous cherry log


Erin and Dan discuss the ongoing milling operation


Arty shot of a stack of maple with the stickers running horizontally


The staging area for milling operations -- the barn. Snow is removed to make way for more skidding


Frozen maple logs waiting to be milled


Maple logs look good -- no rot in the middle


Lots of maple logs in the skidding area


Maple board drying in the barn; drying racks are built from ropes run across the width of the barn


Hundreds of boards are dried at a time


Lucie working hard on preparing the maple


The finished maple ceiling; we're very excited to see our maple in use


The finished maple ceiling; the strings are to locate the chimney


Another shot of the maple ceiling and red oak timber frame


A pile of rough-sawn maple stacked in the barn during milling


A pile of 12 foot rough-sawn maple


Erin and his son Zack move a large maple log onto the portable band mill


A large tarp was erected to allow spraying of the maple board in the rain


Another view of the spraying tent


Zack skids a beautiful cherry log down the road