On the Drawing Board

  • 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 […]

  • 4 Kinds of Home Lighting

4 Kinds of Home Lighting

The American Lighting Association identifies 3 types of interior lighting: Task lighting, ambient lighting, and accent lighting.  I would add a fourth which falls into several categories, but I would call mood or stage […]

  • Spring Surprise

Spring Surprise

One Saturday, a few weeks ago, my son and I walked up our hill to feed the animals.  We chatted about the melting snow and he stopped for a quick swing on the swing […]

  • Garden Structures (Expanded)

Garden Structures (Expanded)

Nothing reminds us that spring is coming more than digging out the potting soil, the rusted tools, and clay pots. For me, it involves cleaning the refuse out of my vegetable garden from the […]