Guest Author: New Energy Works, Dave Cratty
We all have those dreams of wanting to leave it all behind and live off the grid. Find a place in the Adirondack mountains, on a remote lake, and just surround yourself with nature and the outdoors. The question is, how do you deliver and raise a beautiful timber frame lake house to a location that no roads have touched? The answer, by boat.
Our New Energy Works timber frame crew spent seven tireless days, traveling back and forth by barge to deliver, off load and raise by hand, this beautiful 1361 square foot bungalow. The homeowner’s plan to utilize this location in the warmer seasonal months, created a unique opportunity to use a 3x tongue and groove design for the walls, while every door frame and window were outlined with timber. The layout offered an open floor plan and offering visitors an unobstructed views of the private lake from this cozy, secluded cabin.
Due to the isolated location of the project, I was given the opportunity to be the engineer on site to assist with the raising. Although by the end we were tired, sore, and wet from the constant rain, the focus was always to deliver on the design and vision of the homeowner and help them create the private timber home of their dreams.