We are a month into the project and finally a likeness of the Shop is beginning to emerge.  Kevin Starnes of Starnes Company and his crew have spent the past two weeks framing the building.
The weather has continued to be hot with temperatures in the high 90's and high humidity, but not as hot as the preceding weeks of 100-degree days. 

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The main floor is supported by 2 sets of 3 LVL beams.
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Completed floor sub-system. The Shop will be divided into 2 rooms: a 20' x 24' main Shop room & an 8' x 14' wareroom.
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The exterior walls are 9' tall with an interior vaulted ceiling height of 19' at the Shop's main ridge. The 4 roof dormers are integral to the lighting as they act as skylights providing light from above.
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Kevin (left) discusses the framing of the exterior side walls with framing foreman Hilario (center).
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Ceiling joists are added to the wareroom.
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The full-daylight basement is a 600 square foot space with 8' ceilings that opens out onto a level landing overlooking the Commons.
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We continue to be supported by local companies. Three complete sets of scaffolds were supplied by Atlas Scaffold Inc of Augusta.
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Lots of lumber in the air... Holy smoke, the roof is in the clouds! With a 12-12 pitched roof the Shop is going to be impressive.
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This is the view from the natural springs at the upper end of the Commons. Oh, have I not mentioned that we have a spring? One second while I get you a tankard so you have a taste!
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Rafters progressing to form the foundation of the roof. The smaller roof of the wareroom adds a nice architectural detail to the overall roofline.
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View from the service road as you enter the Park.
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Priceless! This is the view from the back left window of the Shop. I knew we would have an excellent view of the Commons!
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View from the Barn and livery from Shop's right-side rear window.
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View headed up Lake Avenue from outside the park.
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I am so glad that we decided to bite the bullet and build the Shop on a full basement rather than a crawl space. As you can see, we will have a nice plaza outside the basement door and an additional venue for a relativity minimal additional cost.
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There she is!
Kevin and his team have done a fantastic job of getting the framing underway and completing the base structure.  I will admit that we had a few design changes on the fly and some adjustments that caused rework, but all were handled well by Kevin and his top-notch team.  

God help the framer that has to undergo the scrutiny and exacting eye of a cabinetmaker.  Fortunately, Kevin's attention to detail and and focus on quality passed muster in my book.

As is the case every week, local companies stepped forward to help out our construction efforts with a meaningful donation or discount.  Through the generosity of companies like these this project is well on its way to completion.  You can click on many of the logos and link directly to their websites.
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The help provided by by Atlas Scaffold, Inc. made the framing process easier and safer.
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Maner Builders Supply Co., supplier of framing and foundation materials.
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Pratt-Dudley Builders Supply Co., supplier of framing materials.
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Addams Supply, provider of framing materials.
Over the two next weeks we will push forward with waterproofing the basement walls, backfilling the foundation and getting the roof on.  

Chris



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