Do you only work on “historic” house renovations and additions?
No. There’s no question that we have more experience with historic houses, barns, and other buildings than most contractors, but we’ve also done projects on homes that were only a few years old. And we build new houses, too. So if whether you’re interested in a kitchen renovation, building an addition, exterior repairs, or any other type of home renovation, give us a call. We can help you plan and carry out almost any project.
What makes you different than other renovation and restoration contractors?
Our owner, Mark Landry, has been restoring and renovating historic homes for 25 years. Before that, he spent several years in architectural school and obtained an M.A. in Historic Preservation from Boston University. Our other Project Manager, Beth Sitterly, has a B.A. In Architecture and an M.A. In Historic Preservation. Between the two, there’s a wealth of experience and knowledge with historic New England homes, barns, and churches that most other contractors just can't match. We understand how historic buildings were built and we know the best practices for renovating them.
What size projects do you do?
We’ve carried out projects as small as a few thousand dollars and as large as several million dollars. We’re happy to discuss your project with you. If we can’t ﬁt it into our schedule, we’ll try to help you ﬁnd a reputable contractor that can. But we have a large crew and can often ﬁt smaller projects into our schedule along with our larger ones. Take a look at our portfolio of renovations and additions to see the wide variety of projects that we’ve done.
Can you help us with the design phase?
While we do not not offer in-house design services, we have a network of architects with whom we work. Depending on the type of your project, where it’s located, and other factors, we can recommend an architect who can help you out. Furthermore, we often get involved in the design phase- working with our clients and their architect to help plan the project. We can provide insight into construction materials, methods, and costs that will help your project get off to a great start. Of course, some projects don’t require the services of an architect. For those, we can help prepare a scope of work and a list of suggested materials in advance of providing a cost estimate.
I'm interested in "green" construction. How much experience do you have in this area?
We've been doing "green" construction since before it was called green. Saving historic homes and barns from demolition is the ultimate in green construction. We have extensive experience in the best practices for insulating old houses; we often use reclaimed materials; we use eco-friendly and non-toxic plywoods in our cabinetry. And we've incorporated geothermal heating and cooling and solar electricity systems into some of our projects. Give us a call and we can discuss your green questions!
What types of barn projects have you done?
You name it. We’ve restored some classic old New England barns that the owners planned to keep using as barns. We’ve converted historic barns into ofﬁces and homes. We’ve put swimming pools into barns. We’ve lifted, straightened, and brought back to life old barns that other contractors said should be torn down. Barns are fun! Let us help you do something creative with yours!
I need help planning my kitchen renovation. Where do I turn?
We love doing kitchen renovations in old houses. Our cabinetmakers have produced some of the ﬁnest kitchen cabinets around. We can design and draw your kitchen in a style and look that complements the age and architectural style of your home.