Archive for January, 2012

Thom’s Honey House Construction Photos

Friday, January 13th, 2012

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Final Construction Report

Monday, January 2nd, 2012

December 14, 2011
Honey House/Multi-Purpose Shed Summary

Thom Hardenbergh and myself, Edward Bell, are officially declaring the work on the Honey House complete as of the end of December, 2011. With the hanging of the security gate at the bottom of the stair, the exterior enclosure and our scope of services will be finished. The gate will be hung before the end of December. This is especially gratifying for the two of us, who have been working since the 100 degree weather of May and into the frosty days of December.

Work might have been completed sooner had we not been halted in August by opposition to the roof rails from the adjacent neighbors who perceived the rails as a security risk. In fact, the negotiated settlement which required us to remove the rail around the edges of the roof and build a gate into the stair rail, was also contentious to some.

Never-the-less, it is gratifying to see the building in place and consider how it will be used in the future. It provides about 300 square feet of interior work space which is well ventilated, naturally lighted and should be pleasantly cooled by the evaporative green roof. Power, task lighting and plumbing have been provided. An ejection pump is in place to remove water from the stainless steel sink provide by Carolyn Scott. Future projects will include finishing the interiors with casework, shelving and whatever fit-outs are deemed necessary.

We agreed to complete the construction for $18,100 which, for various reasons, turned out to be somewhat less than the actual cost to us. Our records show that each of us have contributed approximately 300 unpaid hours beyond our budgeted time. On the other hand, the Green Roof Workshop in June was an additional project which helped demonstrate green roof technology and our environmental awareness to the community. The roofer, Ray Nocella, was pleased enough with the project planning and the people who participated, that he agreed to donate back to the garden a portion of his fee. That amount and fees from the workshop, totaling $520, remains in the project bank account. Please find enclosed copies of the final accounting sheet and the original proposal for work.

Happy Holidays!
Ed