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Our Scarborough clients found a picture on Houzz and said “built it!”

Our Scarborough clients found a picture on Houzz and said “built it!”

The ceiling is a favorite of ours with painted beams and pickled pine boards.

The ceiling is a favorite of ours with painted beams and pickled pine boards.

Going into Fall/Winter of this year; we knew that busy was going to be an understatement. Our Summer projects overlapped our Fall/Winter projects - mostly due to late starts because of architectural modifications - so for 8 weeks, there were five projects on our schedule. The most we have EVER had in our 35 years in business. Our only goal was to stay focused enough that none of the five clients could feel that we were going in many different directions. And, I think we can say in confidence, that was accomplished. We hit the target move in dates for both of the Summer projects allowing our customers to enjoy the new digs exactly as planned. Both our Summer projects were done 100% in-house after the architectural phase - General Contracting, Interior Design and Millwork - which made watching the projects come together super exciting! Our Scarborough (a large scale renovation) project was a mix of finishes, Houzz pictures and varying design ideas. The bold statement pieces (such as this staircase) were softened by some gorgeous paint colors. The kitchen was a blend of pickled red oak face frame and sumptuous navy doors and drawers and brass hardware. We had never built a kitchen like this before and were very pleased with the outcome. We especially love the shot of the cabinetry looking into the Great Room. However, the show stopper really is all the glass. The windows in the Great Room look out at an old quarry that is now filled with water and surrounded by the loveliest trees. We saw this job site in Summer, Fall and Winter - it was hard to decide which season was more beautiful. It’s always interesting to see how far a property has truly come when finished. This project was a real pleasure. The clients were wonderful and had adventurous taste which allows us to test our limits as designers, cabinet makers and builders. Our second Summer project in Cape Elizabeth (not yet photographed) was a renovation that started small and ended up big. There were lots of old house problems that needed to be fixed and directions to be explored with design. The clients for that project were enormously trusting and allowed all parts of our company to do what we do best. Every site meeting was an hour plus long laugh fest; nothing ever felt stressful. It was like a bunch of friends, doing something cool, enjoying the process. We are excited to show you pictures of that space just as soon as we have them.

Now that we are down to three projects - the air feels a little lighter. BUT that doesn’t mean we don’t miss the frantic push, the laughter and of course, the thrill of seeing beautiful spaces in that last push to the finish.

Can’t wait to show you the next three!

 

Out of Office: Iceland

Once a year, we try and take a family vacation to an exotic location for two reasons: decompress mentally/unplug from technological influences and expose our children (Emma, 13 and Miles, 8) to various cultures/landscapes. As we are raising two opinionated children, it can be difficult getting everyone to agree on the location. This year we bounced between Peru and Iceland but ultimately, Iceland was the winner. We traveled across the Atlantic for roughly 5 hours on 10/23 and arrived in an environment so unique, the kids could hardly believe it was real. Some of the highlights of traveling to Iceland: almost everyone speaks English and honestly, the amount of interaction is rare anyway, driving could not be easier to navigate (also the driving is very slow there which is nice when in a foreign environment) and air fare costs next to nothing. We stayed in three different locations and each was nestled in a magical location. As a builder/designer; Josh and I were constantly impressed at building practices in Iceland and how much nature plays a part in design. Integration into the landscape seems to be a predominant feature - minimizing the impact on the surrounding environment is another. There is a respect for the natural features in Iceland that is unparalleled. While there are no signs stating the rules or boundaries (or at least none that we saw) it is understood that the environment is fragile and should be respected. We stayed 5 days and covered a lot of territory but there is still so much left to see. The picture above is from the Glacier Lagoon - something I would encourage everyone to see in their lifetime. It is humbling, stunning and above all else, perfect in every way.

We are lucky to have clients who understand the need for time away as a family. We took off for three business days and everyone could not have been kinder about it. A special thank you to our clients, subcontractors and of course, Roland, the man in charge - who held down the fort while we were gone.