Bent Tree Beginnings
Rod, Brenda, Jeff and Mark by the newly graded driveway for the house at Bent Tree. May 10, 1975. A lot of planning had gone into getting to this point, so stepping back to April 5, look at the appearance of things then.
Our station wagon is parked in front of the lot before grading began. Behind the station wagon is the corner of the lot where Len and Sherry are standing in the picture at right. We had gotten Otis Pauly to survey the lot and plot a driveway path that would give us minimum slope. It started at t he left front corner of the lot and ran diagonally to the other edge of the lot above Sherry and Len above in order to keep the slope less steep. April 5.
One last look at the deep green of the undisturbed forest at the house site. It was a shame to disturb such beauty, but we determined that we would keep things as natural as possible around the house. May 1.
The driveway cut has begun, and this is what the bulldozer and end loader have done in two hours! We had contracted with Troy Brown to do the grading. May 8.
The view of the driveway cut from the top where the parking pad will be.
The driveway cut is to the top and they are now turning to excavate the actual house site.
The house site has been leveled off and prepared, so the next stage is to dig footings and start construction.
Brenda and Jeff and Mark check out the location of the future house.
This has become our symbolic picture of the beginning of the Bent Tree adventure. May 10, 1975.