Site Visit: July 15

After a summer evening’s storm, we arrived to find the Lodge aglow (someone had left the lights on). Of note this visit: the finished millwork in the Lodge rooms (wardrobes, desks, and beds), the dock being reworked while moored across the river–clearly visible from the new observation deck, and the pleasing effectiveness of rain chains.

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Tending to Details – Wednesday, May 31

“Our experience of an architectural space is strongly influenced by how we arrive in it.…”

Architect and author Matthew Frederick is writing principally about finding one’s way into and around built spaces. He explains, “A tall, bright space will feel taller and brighter if counterpointed by a low-ceilinged, softly lit space. A monumental or sacred space will feel more significant when placed at the end of a sequence of lesser spaces.…”

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Site Visit: May 1

May Day. Wildflowers line Highway 41, cliff swallows have returned to take up their summer residence under the Great Hall porch, and the tile crew continues to grout Lodge bathrooms. Renovations have turned the corner into the final push of summer, and, though there is still plenty of work ahead, finishes are beginning to appear.

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Checklist: April 10, 2017

As complex as the Laity Lodge renovation project has become (consisting of multiple buildings and acres of landscape), the full scope of it lives as a simple (albeit long) list. Our internal team has a check-in meeting each Monday morning to review the current state of things, make a few decisions, and assign tasks for the days ahead. Below is a snapshot of what is happening this week.

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Instant Reportage Photography

Our Kerrville offices include an Archive full of old documents, correspondences, brochures, audio recordings, architectural plans, and lots of photographs. There’s something to the experience of thumbing through these old shots of the Canyon and the people who have inhabited it through the years. Inspired by this, we’ve decided to begin adding our own analog photos to the collection.

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Cedar Brake Concrete

Today crews poured the foundation for what will become the Main Cabin at Cedar Brake. This building acts as a sort of hub for the site and will include a kitchen, dining and meeting spaces, generous porches and two residency units.

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Site Visit: February 9, 2017

Laity Lodge was swarming with activity this morning. Painters, landscapers, carpenters, drywall hangers, tile and door installers, electricians, irrigators, masons, plumbers, ac/heating rough-in crew, concrete polishers, and a foundation crew were all busy both with their tasks and with keeping out of each other’s way. But with clear skies and 70 degrees in early February, nobody was complaining.

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Summer Schedule Changes

Last week, only hours before we published the summer retreat schedule, our on-site construction manager let us know that it was suddenly doubtful the work would be finished by June. After a week of further review and consultation, we’ve made the painful decision to cancel our summer retreats and push the Laity Lodge reopening to September 2017.

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