Oh Frabjous Day

So that’s it–we’ve done it. Kingsbury Shores Cottage 1 version 2.0 is finished, all buttoned up except for a few loose ends. We keep getting compliments from both friends and strangers on how great it looks. I take some pride in that but I’m also quick to point out that it wouldn’t look half as […]

The End is Near

We’re about two weeks from being finished, a few days behind schedule, but given that construction didn’t start until January, pretty extraordinary. This update is just to post some of the photographs from Friday’s rainy site visit. There was much happening on site. The hardi-panel at the two doors was finally in place so the […]

Lovely, Lovely Plywood

The interior of the new cottage will be finished with plywood and the first few pieces have gone up on the walls. They look fantastic, even in Art’s cell-phone camera shot included below. Seeing those sheets in place brought a little tear to my eye—after the framing, this feels like the next major milestone and […]

Intensity of Caring

For Fay Jones, architectural details were a “measure of the intensity of caring” in a building. It’s a nice sentiment. Certainly, I’ve taken much care with some of the details in this house, including very small things like how little overhang there is on the eaves—just an inch where the metal hangs over the shingles […]

Frame up, shingles on

I got a special thrill this weekend when I got to see the new cottage 1 in person for the first time. After months of anticipation, of staring at drawings and computer models, it’s immensely satisfying to see a building in the flesh. And it looks every bit as good as I’d hoped. On Saturday […]

Fronts and Backs

Something that has always perplexed me about the original cottages has been which is the front and which is the back. When Crisse asks me to get the sunscreen from the front bedroom in cottage 2, I have to check both rooms. I’m never quite sure, even after 17 years or so, which is which. […]

Where we’ve come from

  It’s hard for people my age to imagine a time when the Cape wasn’t the principal summer destination in New England; when traffic backups at the Bourne and Sagamore Bridges weren’t purgatorial and the Stop and Shops weren’t super-sized. In 1988, residents were so frustrated and dismayed with the modern scale and pace of […]

Anticipation (is making us wait)

Now we’re cooking, at last. Just before Christmas, Art and his crew cleared Kingsbury Shores cottage 1 (aka 45A Longstreet Lane, if you’re following along from the Eastham town offices) off of its foundations. In the space of a cold Cape Cod week, they cleared the site for work, removed the old frame structure, and […]

We’re building

It’s taken four months of design revisions, applications, negotiations, and public hearings but it’s finally happening. We’ve sent a big deposit and a signed contract to our builder, Art Hultin, we have approval from the Town of Eastham Zoning Board of Appeals and Conservation Commission, and now we await only the final permit from the […]

Nashville, TN Downtown Presbyterian Church ~ interior

Nashville, TN Downtown Presbyterian Church ~ interior, originally uploaded by army.arch. There are still plenty of surprises out there. I didn’t know about this building: an Egyptian Revival Presbyterian church by William Strickland, 1851, in Nashville, TN. What was going on among the Presbyterians of Nashville to make this thing happen? Thanks to ArmyArch for […]