Portland, ME, US
Malcom Gladwell suggests that it takes around 10,000 hours of developing a skill to get good at it. My last tally logs me in somewhere between 50,000 to 60,000 hours and still counting. Timber framed, passive solar houses for the first ten to fifteen years, lucky enough to work with some incredibly brilliant craftsmen and designers. Over time the project mix has been one of diversity with a preference for challenging projects that involve creative use of a wide variety of materials. I have a fairly good handle on working with wood, steel, concrete, both structural and finished, and glass. My portfolio includes everything from a tri-level 1800 SF timber frame addition to three concentric yurts located on the side of a mountain. The yurt project's first requirement was the engineering and construction of a timber frame bridge over a ravine for lumber and concrete deliveries. More recently, a 2200 SF passive solar bungalow, perched on a frost protected shallow foundation (FPSF) that was poured on a 300 ton crushed stone heat sink. The thermal package includes radiant acid stained concrete floors, and an R-90 roof package. These days I'm in Portland Maine doing my best to help old seaside wooden houses look and feel their best for a few more generations of the families that they nurture and protect.
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