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GBD 2022

 

This New Energy Works project in North Georgia was recently featured in a feature editorial by our friends at Green Building + Design Magazine (GB+D) in the “Warmth of Wood” Winter 2022 issue that focuses on sustainable modern designs and the beauty & practicality of wood in the design + build industry.

Featuring an interview with our own David Shirley AIA, NCARB from our west coast team, the sweeping feature touches on almost every aspect of New Energy Works including design, timber frame, high-performance enclosures, fine woodworking from NEWwoodworks, and reclaimed wood from our sister company Pioneer Millworks.   

 

Written by MIRIAH HAMRICK 

Photos by Garey Gomez

 

GBD 2022

 

GBD 2022

 

GBD 2022

 

Sisters Oregon Timber Frame Home by New Energy Works

 

I’ve been timber framing for more than 30 years. Very often over this time we’ve worked with owner builders. These folks span the same wide range as any other custom builder, from hands off the tools and just managing everyone, to placing every form, nailing every connector, and setting the last piece of bathroom tile.

Mostly though, it’s somewhere in between, smack in the middle. Scott & Jill are that way, and on a recent stop in after we’d been done with our part for a couple months, I was once again reminded of my oft-stated, “Human potential is an amazing thing”.

When I first visited their site in Sisters, Oregon, the two were busy clearing brush and building a pump house. They could see where they were going, had the views of The Three Sisters Mountain Range captured just right, and knew how the driveway and entry porch would eventually welcome guests. My coworker David had finished their plans but truthfully, Scott had sent us about the most detailed set of preliminaries we have ever received. They knew what they wanted.

And they knew how to work for it. You might remember the post from August when we raised their timber frame in 100+ °F and bright sun. We then went back and installed tongue and groove and structural insulated panels (SIPs). But everything else was Scott & Jill and their own set of subs and coworkers…and a lot more hard work of their own. Here are some shots on a recent snowy afternoon by our coworker Kelsey Boyer.

These are images of a well organized, quality job site. And of so much of a dream unfolding. I once asked those two how they are still so much in love (as was evident, if you get my drift).  “Shared dreams and the perfect partner,” was about the response. Stay with us over the next months. We’ll visit again and share the progress.

 

silvernails

 

This modern farmhouse from architect Niels Schoenfelder and homebuilder Prutting + Co. was designed to complement a series of free-standing barns from the 1920’s on an expansive farm property in Upstate New York. The uniquely styled home was crafted to blend into the surrounding landscape and serve as the primary residence for its homeowner.

 

silvernails

 

“You will have to imagine, it is a large 127-acre property and in the immediate vicinity of this house you have two large barns from the 1920’s, beautiful barns that are more architecturally finished than typical barns from that era, with stick frame construction that are free standing on a large expanse of meadow,” explained architect Niels Schoenfelder of Mancini Enterprises PVT LTD. This house completes that picture in a sense as it was designed to be like a smaller cousin to those two big original barns, which explains the shape and the simplicity of the homes structure.”