On the Drawing Board

  • Simple Pool Pavilion (Featured Project)

Simple Pool Pavilion (Featured Project)

Sometimes all you need is a little shade while sitting around the pool.  That is especially true if the pool is close to the house or other buildings which contain bathroom and changing facilities. […]

  • Carpenter Architects (Expanded)

Carpenter Architects (Expanded)

Two hundred years ago there were few architects to direct carpenters in the way to build a proper home. That was just fine. Homes in general were simple and carpenter architects paid a lot of […]

  • 6 Ways to Love Your Basement

6 Ways to Love Your Basement

The key to loving your basement is creating a space you want to visit.  Everyone is different.  A basement gym might encourage a daily workout, or a home theater might bring the whole family […]

  • Small Addition, Big Excitement

Small Addition, Big Excitement

Few events rival the excitement leading up to the arrival of a new puppy.  We will soon be picking up our, (my daughter’s), Border Collie from a Pennsylvania farm family-the Freys, who own Frey’s Livestock […]

  • Everyone Needs to Know a Good Woodworker

Everyone Needs to Know a Good Woodworker

When I have a special woodworking project for myself or my clients, the first person I call is Rodger Manley.  He literally can make anything with wood.  He builds double hung windows like they […]

  • 9 Pool Houses of Summer

9 Pool Houses of Summer

Nothing says summer like kids splashing around in a pool–except perhaps an adult party centered around a pool on a balmy summer evening. In either case, a pool house makes everything easier. Whether the pool […]

  • 9 Screened Porches, Just in Time

9 Screened Porches, Just in Time

When it is buggy out, a screened porch is in it’s glory!  I love to eat dinner on my open porch (as well as drink my morning coffee), but if the bugs are out, […]

  • 7 Uses for Reclaimed Beams

7 Uses for Reclaimed Beams

We use reclaimed wood beams on many of our projects.  They add color, texture and a sense of history to every home.  Some are used as structural elements, some as decorative elements, and other […]

  • 6 Rooms in the Eaves (Expanded)

6 Rooms in the Eaves (Expanded)

When we first moved into our 1790’s home, I bumped my head many times on a sloping ceiling in the master bath.  I could not wait to change that situation. One of our first […]