When building a new space, you can look at all the drawings, plans, and photos you want, but you just never know until the dust has settled how it will all come together. When Traci of Pawcatuck, Connecticut, began working with Country Carpenters, Inc. on a new barn for her property, the structure was meant to be a simple two-car garage with storage space upstairs. But when all was said and done, she decided it was too beautiful for storage.
“It has exceeded my expectations! The upstairs is so lovely that I have opted to keep that space open for parties,” Traci says. “We are having our first event Thanksgiving Day!”
The Pawcatuck area... Read More
The words “location, location, location” may bring to mind a home perched on a mountaintop with a stunning view. Or a beer-and-brat stand right outside the gates of a university. Location is everything, especially in commercial operations, and the recent opening of Shiloh’s Steak and Seafood right here in our hometown of Titusville, Florida, bears witness to that.
Located on the scenic Indian River, the owners of Shiloh’s recently remodeled a former restaurant and focused on bringing the idyllic view front and center so patrons could enjoy not only wonderful fare, but also the fresh breezes, boat traffic, and wildlife cruising... Read More
No matter what part of the world you live in, the environment will play a role in the exterior lighting you choose. For our Canadian neighbors, brutal winters with snow and ice can wreak havoc on outdoor lighting.
In this country, ferocious winds in the Plains and oppressive humidity in the South are tough, but in coastal communities, that salt air we all love can rust out a cheap, imported fixture in no time flat.
Down in Galveston, Texas, Scott Merrell knows first-hand the effects of salt air on metal. When he took on an extensive remodeling project at his vacation home located on Galveston West Bay and just four blocks from the Gulf of Mexico, Scott researched... Read More
Many stout-hearted homeowners tackle major renovations with big dreams. But sometimes, even with the deep pockets that big dreams require, some renovations are doomed from the start. When Jeff and his wife Stephanie, of Columbus, Ohio, purchased a cottage at Indian Lake, they initially planned a major remodel of the structure. But when they discovered the foundation was severely deteriorated, they decided to tear it down and start over.
“We built a 1,000-square-foot, cottage-style lake house that has some vintage, barn-style characteristics,” says Jeff, president of Chester A. Smith Marble & Granite Company, an 86-year-old marble and granite fabricator... Read More
In many homes, the basement is often a cold, dark place that serves as little more than storage for off-season items. But sometimes a hidden gem lies waiting to be realized in that unused space below. All it takes is a little inspiration!
Paul and Lynne, of Chantilly, Virginia, always knew their unfinished basement had serious potential. Last fall, after living in their home for eight years, the couple finally started turning one of their unfinished rooms into the home theater they had always pictured.
“We found a picture of a vacation lodge in Wisconsin and began to model it after the stone and woodwork we saw there,” Paul says. “In the end, it... Read More