Our wood burning pile is(hopefully) as large as it is going to get. The entire house has been stripped in preparation for the renovation. The walls inside revealed that some of our home was most likely built with recycled, burned wood. The burned wood holds a story that I would love to hear, but my intentions are to keep the burned wood in our walls. We are going to salvage as much of it as possible and use it on either our bathroom wall or entry way. As much as possible, I'm going to keep the character in this home.
Paul and Stan have been very busy getting the posts and beams in place. They have been using an engine lift to place the beams. Each post and beam is notched not only for a seamless fit, but also for added strength. The house is looking so much bigger, not just because the walls are gone, but because the beams seem to go on forever. Its absolutely beautiful. I'm 100% mind blown at how hard these two men are working to rebuild the home that ultimately built them. A home that I will cherish for the next lifetime with my family.
The tree that we are using for the center of our stairs will go from floor to ceiling. There was enough tree to use the top part as another post in our kitchen. Its a special tree, I'll tell you more about it when I document the crane coming to put it in place. ;P
For the rest of the bottom floor(the kitchen and laundry room,) the foundation needs to be addressed first. I am currently documenting this process, so be sure to follow to see how the excavation goes. You can view more images of the posts & beams being put in here.
As always, comments about your thoughts on this project are appreciated. The support we have received has been tremendous.