They are continuing to build the support structure for the top floor. This involves building a framework of steel cages that will be encased in concrete.
These cages are also linked to the interior chestnut beams, even though these beams are not integral to the structure. You want them linked so if the house moves because of an earthquake, the whole structure moves together. Plus, you don’t want the beams falling, which might happen if they were not part of the structure.
Here’s an overall view of the cage-and-beam framework being built:
In this shot, Anne’s favorite, you can see the snow-capped Sibillinis in the distance on the right side of the photo.
The full series of photos shows the size of the chestnut beams and how they are anchored to the concrete columns and the cages. You can also see that they’ve connected the water line, which Kevin considers to be a big of a miracle since we only made the payment to the utility 2 months ago.
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