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  • Sweet Historic Cape in Yarmouth Port, Worth a Look

    We were told it was not a drive by and they were right.  There is so much more to this antique than you would imagine just looking at from the road.  We Just previewed this 1820 Cape, listed by Team Tom Dillon at eXp Realty, situated on over an acre on historic 6A in Yarmouth Port and wanted to let our old house enthusiasts know about this nicely renovated antique. 
    First, the house. Walking into the mudroom from the back door we looked right and saw the most charming laundry room. From the hallway we entered the kitchen. It has a bit of an industrial vibe with 6’ wide built-in Viking refrigerator, stainless steel open shelves, restaurant style center island and stove. One of the best features is that while you are waiting for your... read more

  • Royal Barry Wills Crush

    Looking for a house that is oozing with charm but also works well for today's living?  The classic Cape Cod homes that dot our landscape were an inspiration for the renowned architect Royal Barry Wills.  Though he also designed cutting edge modern homes, his traditional designs helped to catapult the Cape style home to the forefront of Colonial Revival American architecture during the first half of the 20th century.  Wills, born in Melrose Massachusetts in 1895, established his architectural practice in 1925.

    Historic New England has Royal Barry Wills archive

    A graduate of MIT in architectural engineering, Wills pulled inspiration from the language of traditional architecture for his cape style homes.  They evoke the feeling of... read more

  • The White Pine Series of Architectural Monographs

    This post should be subtitled "How did I not know this was a thing".  I was rummaging around my favorite book store, when I came across a jewel in their used book section.  The object of my desire was a worn portfolio of architectural essays, entitled "The White Pine Series of Architectural Monographs", which was barely held together with a clip.  I brought it home and upon researching further, found that the bi weekly series, edited by architect Russell Whitehead, had a long history in documenting historical architecture in the United States.

    The White Pine Series was born in 1914 and was supported by the Northern Pine Manufacturer's Association of Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan and the Associated White Pine... read more

  • Barnstable Village Antique Homes Open House

    Now this is how to spend a beautiful crisp fall day!  Tomorrow, Sunday Oct 17 from noon to 3 PM, join us for a multi broker antique homes open house!  I'll be at 3688 Main St. w/Ellie Claus, armed with cookies and cider.

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  • When Getting Plastered is a Good Thing

    Newly plastered walls and ceiling
    If you haven't had work done to your home in a while, you may be surprised to learn that the dominance of sheetrock with mud and tape has slipped as many builders and homeowners choose blue board with a plaster veneer as their finish of choice for walls and ceilings.  This is especially good news for old house owners whose plaster is damaged or was removed and replaced with sheetrock.
    If you do have original plaster, it is worth noting that in many cases it can be restored and resurfaced for less cost and better quality than replacing with newer materials.  Original plaster has a flexibility that modern replacements lack. Properly maintained it can last many years and have the added benefits of mold inhibiting characteristics and an unparalleled authenticity.

    Though our house has... read more