Author - Dan

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Roof!

The day started without any shingles on the new roofs. By evening cocktails, our roofs were completely shingled. What a difference a day makes. It made us feel like celebrating. It was past...

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Helpful Neighbors

It seems the whole neighborhood helped me to have a good day. First of all, Deb made it easy for me to make plans for the day by offering to take Jack out for an afternoon walk. I was able...

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See Through The Wall

The idea to put openings in the wall of our new outdoor stairwell came a bit late in the design phase. Actually, it came in the construction phase. Construction of the foundation walls was...

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Parking Notice

When we find street parking in New York CIty, visitors from out of town are amazed. Our parking skills have evolved in the past 10 years to a point where we can leave our car and feel...

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Holdups

We didn’t know we needed a custom fabricated steel hanger a few weeks ago. Things come up when you are adding on to an old house. When our contractor showed me it was not possible to...

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Roofscapes & Eavesdrops

It is very gratifying to finally see the sloping roof shapes atop the addition. We have had a lot of rain recently, and consequently progress on the roof has been slow. In designing the...

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Camp

John suggested we have coffee in the “camp” this morning. Camp is our name for the secluded stone patio area I designed and we had installed in the back corner of our property. Camp is...

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They’re Knockouts

We really enjoy seeing Deb’s fence-line garden in bloom. We take pleasure in it as if it were our own, and we planted the rose bushes ourselves — which we did. Although, John and I...

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Milk Bottles

There is something very satisfying about fresh milk from a glass container — wholesome and reminiscent of times gone by. Milk seems to tastes better out of a glass bottle. As a kid, I...