Farm Life Week Three: Foundations, Frames, and a Modern take on Tradition

Beautiful, functional, and built to last: That’s the design ethos of the buildings that dot the property at Snow Lake. Not only have I found myself in awe of the variety of aesthetic and functional design choices that the folks here have created, but I’ve also witnessed visitors passing through consistently ‘oohing’ and ‘aahing’ over …

Summer, in summary

Yes, it’s not lost on me that it’s no longer summer anymore. But apparently you can’t expect me to post to the blog during the summer, or more than twice a year. This past summer has been so crazy that blogging has never really made it to the top of the priority list. But lately …

Building our timber-frame barn

As some of you may already know, we’ve been pretty busy the last couple months building a proper barn for the community – a central place to keep our goats, their feed, their hay, and their water year-round. (And maybe, someday, a place to keep other animals.) This will be a major improvement, because currently …

Building a wood shed using slipform stone masonry

Back in November, Laire and I discovered that we would eventually move into Thor’s Den, a beautiful, uninhabited dwelling residing at the Keep that needed a little love and a little work to finish its construction. Laire, my in-house architect, decided we needed to add a separate bedroom, as the home only came with a sleeping space in the loft. He also thought that the wood …

Summer Returns to Snow Lake

A long winter and reluctant spring are quickly fading in the rear view; flowers are blooming, fireflies are buzzing, and the forest is once again busy with the sounds of life. The sun has returned to the North Mountain and we’ve been quick to take advantage of the long days to make some planned improvements to the Keep. The Barn begins …