First, it was essential to recruit strong young men with building experience to the effort. The groundwork was laid for this 29 years ago with the arrival of young Edward.
The posts are then cut to length and leveled, and a hole is drilled in the center of the bottom of the post. The post is then placed on big, fat steel pins that have been inserted into the floor decking. You can see the boys placing a post in the photographs above and below.
Big strong boys haul the beam up ladders to the top of the posts.
This photo shows the view out of what will soon be the great room picture window. There was originally another beam in the middle spot. When I saw the curved top of this beam however, I knew it had to go in the middle of the main living space; it makes a nice frame for the south facing view. So the boys took down the beam that had already been placed. After they notched, sanded and placed the new curved beam, we all agreed it was worth the effort. This is one of the best aspects of building our own house: we get to make it just right.
Photographs courtesy of Anya Esonis Reed, Edward Robert Reed and Joann Sandone Reed