Hands On

It's not enough to just make images of architecture. Once in a while, it is important to get involved in the production of architecture itself. Last week I found myself on a small island in Maine rebuilding what was probably a 60's kit house that had fallen into a state of disrepair. The original 4x12 cedar sill beam, along with all of the floor joists on the northeast side of the house had rotted to the point of impending structural collapse and all needed to be replaced. Neal Kaplan (of NealEstate in Providence, RI) and 2 of his crew, Al and Christian, jacked up the house and put in a heroic effort which added up to more than a week's worth of back to back to back 12 hour days and helped save the house and begin the process of restoring it to it's former... state (glory might be pushing it). In addition, with tireless help of my nephew Thomas, we moved  about 4 tons of earth and gravel by hand to level a plinth on which to build a new shed on the sloped site. It was a rough but rewarding week... back to photography!