A local scientist plans to finish work on a new wedding venue just northwest of Jefferson City by the beginning of July.
Michael Singer works as a scientist for the state of Missouri. About a year ago, he began building Timber Ridge Barn on his grandparents' land at 2204 Scott Station Road.
Singer broke ground last July and said he's already booked a dozen weddings to use the venue.
"I enjoy building stuff," he said. "I thought it would be good for the family."
Singer used outside help to help lay the concrete foundation and to construct the building's frame. Other than that, he said, he and other family members did most of the work on the building.
Locust, ash, oak and wood from other trees cleared from the property to make room for the building coat the interior of the venue. Wood from the property's hardy red cedar trees serves as siding on the exterior of the building.
Singer said the trees on the property were not long enough or strong enough to serve as beams to support the structure. So he used the woods in places that are non-load-bearing.
Most of the work is complete, and Singer hopes to have everything finished by the middle of June. For now, a few minor touches remain to be completed.
"There's little finishing touches to get it to where we want it to be," he said.
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