Archive | December, 2010

A Large Sunroom Addition

Laying brick

WANTED: An addition to provide extra space for eight super active children and two adults! The family dog barked in disagreement when I moved his kennel into the back yard and began to dig footing trenches. It’s hard to describe the challenges that lay before me, but for starters, all equipment and machinery had to […]

A Kitchen Addition

Siding details

“Mel, I can’t live with our tiny kitchen! We are either going to build an addition, or move out!” My client was frustrated with her 6’ deep by 8’ long nondescript kitchen, with handmade “cabinets” and a cracked ceramic tile floor. Clearly someone with primitive handyman skills had “renovated” the kitchen. The old house held […]

A Deck, a Lake, and a Shade Tree

Full view of deck

My clients are getting along in age. They want a deck but cannot maintain it. They would like to entertain guests in the shade of their tree, with a view onto Maynard Lake. We look at composite decking materials. Some of the choices resemble “plastic wood”! One rather pricey brand boasts a “life time warranty”, […]

A Delightful Sun-Filled Sunroom

Sunroom - interior view

This addition has to qualify as one of the most delightful and satisfying projects I have done in some years. It proved to be challenging, and two wild turkeys looked on in amusement, as we shall see! The owners are a retired university professor, a lover of classical music, and his wife, a former teacher. […]

A Deck in the Woods

closeup of railing

I stepped onto the old, musty redwood deck and instantly retreated! I had almost fallen through! Something had to be done… fast! The owner, and elderly gentleman, asked if I could use “natural materials”. Since the deck is always shaded, I expect the new, treated pine decking (the boards on which one walks) to not […]