Saturday, July 4, 2015

After a long wait... our chapel build starts July 6, 2015!

(Brendan and Molly)

It has been a long wait while we saved to add the chapel that was originally designed as part of our home. In fact, so long that we've grown our family in the meantime! Molly and I are now blessed with seven children here with us on earth, our latest additions being Oliver (who will be 3 in August) and Zélie (who will be 1 also in August, on the same day as Oliver). Zélie is named after Blessed Zélie Martin, who incidentally is being canonized this October!

The last time the chapel was designed by my brother, the architect, it looked like this in the design prints.

It took us a while to get to that design previously (see this history here), and we still wanted to keep that final design, with the exception of making it slightly wider and longer by a couple feet. I was able to make the modifications to my brother's original design using in SketchUp software. This is how the design of the chapel looks now, drafted up by our builders Chuba Company (it's great to work with them again!). 

Note in that last pic the roof line will not be quite that close to the edge of the larger volume of the house, it will be a little lower. 

What you see above is the structure of the chapel that Chuba Company will build, there is much further design of the interior that I am doing myself (both the design and construction work). I will also be doing the exterior and interior painting, so the final product will be white just like the rest of the house. That's going to take some significant time to complete, and we can leave those details for another post. For now we're just excited to get the structure built and, by the grace of God, to make progress on something that we hope will enhance our family prayer life! Don't forget also, my youngest brother (see here) is a priest, now with three years under his belt, and I think he is looking forward to this as much as we are. The ability for him to say mass on occasion in the chapel will be truly a blessing! 

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