December 1, 2008 was a very important date in the building process of the International Center for a Culture of Compassion: the timber frame of the new house was shipped. We had been waiting for this day for such a long time.
As it is in any construction work, there was much to prepare before the frame could be raised up: construction plans had to be drawn, a building permit had to be issued and we spent the whole summer building the road that goes up to the construction site, as well as excavating the hill in order to install the power and water lines.
At the arrival of the timber frame, the members of the ICCC and some members of the Heart’s Home in Brooklyn were ready to be the working team helping both the technician of the wood manufacturing company and the crane operator. The whole house was raised up in 5 days.
What a gift to see the beautiful timber frame at the top of the field! Some of the next construction steps have already been taken: we are putting up the panels on the roof and the walls as well as preparing the inside part of the work: partition walls, electricity, plumbing,... What an amazing experience to build one’s own house!
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