Construction projects account for a lot of our blood, sweat and tears at Snow Lake Keep! I thought it was worth giving those projects their due, so here is a collection of photos from various constructions projects we’ve done over the last few years, in no particular order.

Window refinishingWindow refinishing

Wood stove restorationWood stove restoration

Installing roof whalersInstalling roof whalers

Installing roof strappingInstalling roof strapping

Creative cement chuteCreative cement chute

Moving cementMoving cement

Pouring foundationPouring foundation

Figuring out the frameFiguring out the frame

Cheese cave cement formsCheese cave cement forms

Cheese cave wallsCheese cave walls

Getting dirty in the dirtGetting dirty in the dirt

Workshop walls risingWorkshop walls rising

Construction member LaireConstruction crew member Laire

Homo building a homeHomo building a home

Frame raising dayFrame raising day

A-frame constructionA-frame construction

Yanking at slipformsYanking at slipforms

Setting up the floor frameSetting up the floor frame

Adding timber-frame extension to a homeAdding timber-frame extension to a home

Timbers meet slipform masonryTimbers meet slipform masonry

Slipform masonry revealedSlipform masonry revealed

Concrete floor prepConcrete floor prep

Concrete floor pouredConcrete floor poured

Break timeBreak time

Frame raisedFrame raised

Frame raising successFrame raising success

Another successful frame raisingAnother successful frame raising

Cozy homosCozy homos

Assembling a wallAssembling a wall

Roof frame in placeRoof frame in place

Roof frame readyRoof frame ready

Scaffolding by sunsetScaffolding by sunset


About Adam Zinzan

Adam has a background in design and brings his experience with the design process to homesteading and natural building. He has designed and built several off-grid cabins, making use of salvaged materials and self-harvested timber. He is an experienced timber frame builder, self-taught draftsperson, homesteader, and visual artist. Adam lives and works at Snow Lake Keep homesteading community.

One response to “Construction Zone

  1. Love this, and am still hoping that I can draw on some of your skills and knowledge as I design and get approval for a home-build on the land just outside of Bridgetown (Elements Intentional Community). We had a zoom chat with you a couple of you a few weeks ago, and I made note of your construction abilities, and I think plumbing and electrical know-how you mentioned. Anyway. Some of our members are on that property that has been bought near Bridgetown as of the last couple of days, checking things out (and dealing with ticks!), and I am hoping to come visit mid-July. Derrick I think mentioned having a busy build-schedule for the next year, though I have a team of earthship people I know, who I am hoping to draw into my build for the Spring/Summer of 2021, and think there could be some good synergies if I can convince (and pay) you to play some roles for us — even if it is to be able to supply some of our lumber for my home-build, and provide a few pointers for a timber-framed inspired home. Thanks for being.

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