Before and After Haddam Kitchen

Here are a couple before and after photos of the Haddam Kitchen we finished this spring. Notice the changes made in the kitchen and how much of a difference it made in the overall feel. The kitchen went from dark and claustrophobic to bright and airy with minimal change to the overall footprint.

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Before and After

Sometimes it's hard to see just how far a project has come until it's compared to a photo of the original. Here are some before and after shots of the deck project we just completed. 

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A tiny sanctuary

The deck project that we are currently working on is wrapping up. We are adding final details like these river rocks. This tree grew through the deck before we began renovating it. Before it was open to the underside of the deck and there was just dirt and pea gravel below. We decided to close it in for a more comfortable feel. The finishing touch are these stones which give the impression that the deck was built on a rocky beach or river bank. It adds a whole lot of comfort without a whole lot of change. The stone and hardwood elements work very well together in this setting.

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Modern deck

We are working on constructing a modern deck. The image below shows our alternative to lattice work. This is in the form of a fence that extends beyond the deck in order to hide the generator, oil tank and air conditioning unit.  

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The deck itself is 5/4 ipe with grooves for hidden fasteners. This means that once it is in place it looks nicely spaced with no visible fastening. The combination of these two elements makes a great comfortable deck with a modern aesthetic.

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Happy Earth Day

Happy Earth Day! 

We have made a strong commitment to the earth over the last several years by teaming up with 1% For the Planet. With this program we have donated 1% of sales to The Lyme Land Trust. This has helped to fund the Tour de Lyme three years in a row which raises further funds for the Trust.  This commitment will help keep the area we live in beautiful for generations to come.

We are also educating ourselves about the most current building technologies. Erik is currently taking a Net Zero Energy course to become certified. This allows us to build houses that produce as much if not more energy than they use.

Both of these methods will help to keep the Earth in business and alow us to continue to build great things. Happy Earth Day 2015!

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Historic Preservation

This is the John Randall House in North Stonington, CT. Better known as Randall's Ordinary It was added to the National Register of Historic places in 1978. Originally built in 1685 it has been around through many important events in human history. It was most recently used as a restaurant and inn, but closed its doors many years ago. Maintenance lapsed leaving it exposed to time and the elements. With the new owner and the guide of the National Registry of Historic places we have been given the task of "mothballing" the house. Many measures are being taken to prevent further decay until the new owner gets a chance to appropriately restore the building. We have cleaned the inside, will be giving it a temporary asphalt roof (currently the rain comes right in), and have boarded all windows securely. With the owners vision and some hard work Randalls will return to its former glory.

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boards on the windows  


 

 The old front door

The old front door


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A fireplace in the home


 

 As bad as it will get... 

As bad as it will get... 


 

 A photo found of when it was a restaurant and Inn

A photo found of when it was a restaurant and Inn

The glorious track saw

There are many tools that help to make our lives easier, but on the top of the list has to be the track saw. This saw made by Festool can be used to cut a perfectly straight line in almost anything. It takes the woodshop to the field. Coupled with a Festool vacuum there is very little dust made in the process. It is pictured here about to make a cut of this Ash slab.

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A beautiful slab

We recently modified the back of this center island to allow more connection from one space to another. Before there was a high back that limited this connection. This slab is from an Ash tree that was removed from the neighbors house down the street. We also added a new custom Stainless steel sink. The finished product is just what this space needed.

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A Reverance for wood

No matter how "modernized" we are, somewhere out of the past will come a remembrance of wood, perhaps the crinkling of oak leaves in an autumn wind, perhaps the smell of a certain Christmas tree or of an old chunk of apple wood ending its life in your fireplace- and we share with the first settlers a reverance for wood  

- Eric Sloane  

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Standing seam roof

We recently installed this standing seam roof on the lower pitch of this guest house in Lyme. The wood on the low pitch was rotten and leaking. This thick gauge galvanized steel roof will be around for many decades to come, and looks very nice against the black structure.

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Soapstone entry floor

This is a recent addition to the home with the rustic kitchen we built last winter. This entry floor is complete with a schluter floor heat system. The mass of the soapstone holds the heat and keeps your feet nice and warm.

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Rustic entry floor

The homeowner was given these tiles by a friend. They are 1-1/4" thick and each one differs slightly in shape and color. They are very rugged and make for a great entry floor. Now they just need some grout.

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New old floor

This oak floor has been reclaimed from barns and houses around CT. It has so much character. It will receive a light sanding to retain the character, but leaves the option to sand it down to bare wood in the future.

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Hanging doors

We are currently hanging doors and trimming the project we are working on. These simple two panel shaker doors match the aesthetic of the house. They have a modern look with a nod to the past. The brick you see in the photo is the chimney that we built around and decided to include in the half bathroom off of the entry room.

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