As every architect knows, the project, while decidedly unfinished, may never look so good again. When a building is no more than its simple framing, the rafters, joist, beams and posts artlessly revealed, it displays a purity and clarity that is only sullied as the construction progress further. To leave it like this would be a kind of beautiful testament, but would result in a folly, not a house.
And of course, at this stage, the house is still becoming. It is slowly transforming from some lines on paper and a vision in the architect's head, to a thing of weight and heft. The wood studs and rafters smell of the material's origins, most likely the forests of Canada. The beams are still a bit rough, not yet sanded and finished they are are much still the product of a tree as a part of a house.
With each passing day, the structure rises and the spaces take shape. Each new element lends scale to the house - a window opening, a door threshold that will become the portal of so many comings and goings.
From the ashes of their beloved house, the new house slowly comes into being, one piece at a time. Down in an instant of fire, the house will take about a year to build anew.