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Staying Close to Home
As families spend more time together there has been a surge in adding or renovat-ing unique spaces – creating a “get away” while at home. Pool houses, party barns, guest quarters, offices, indoor gyms – even treehouses and sleeping porches are now “escapes” from our daily routines. Southfen has been fortunate, over time, to design...
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Profile of Porches
The portico, the precursor to the porch, originated in ancient Greece as a formal framing device that created an appearance of authority. The design element was brought to America by the British and were often used as status symbols. Full-height entry porticoes were also functional – to take advantage of breezes and provide shade on...
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If I Were A Carpenter
Over 40 years ago, I lived in a small stone house on a beautiful farm in Long Green Valley. It had two rooms on each level that was built by the owner as a tenant house. The stone came from the fields and it sat a half-mile off the road. I was fascinated that one...
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Brush Strokes
One would think that as a builder, the last thing I would want to do for relaxation is to paint. Having tools and projects always in focus, it would make sense to seek activities like – sports, fishing, hiking. Well, that’s how all of these passions collide and for good reason. My travels as a...
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Working In Winter Conditions
It’s been a harsh, unpredictable winter. Not that we don’t expect winters to be hard to “work-around” – so the key is to be prepared. The first order of business is safety. If it’s too cold, it’s better to work another day. Safety and job quality are too important to compromise. Deliveries on ice-covered driveways...
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