Manchester Newspapers Lakes Region "Our Town 2012" n Week of July 23, 2012 - 51
Dick Walker Sawmill
Saint-Gobain Performance Plastice
Partial showing of original customer plans.
Build a house like Lisa's The best way to tell the story of Dick Walker Sawmill, is, well, to tell a story. This one is about “Lisa’s House.” I’ve worked with some Spartan plans before, some just hen-scratchings on a beer-stained napkin, but the circumstances of Lisa’s house were unusual to say the least. I got a call from Rob, from southern Vermont, who said that he wanted a price on a house just like his, but that Lisa would want a few changes, Would it be all right if she came up tomorrow with a deposit and plans? We can do that. The next day she wheeled right in with a deposit, the plans – “I want it just like this” – and a delivery date. We can do that. In less than five minutes, she was gone. Looking at the plans, we’ve got our hands full. This would be the third house that these folks have ordered from Dick Walker Sawmill. I looked up my plans for their other houses — she had added a walk-out basement with stepped-up concrete on the gable ends, two dormers upstairs (no sizes given), a 5-by-8-foot mud room/porch with stairs. We can do that!? Their other house was 24 feet by 36 feet with 2x10 floor joists on the main floor, 6x8 timber floor joists upstairs and two-inch tongue and groove flooring throughout. Channel rustic pine is the siding with trim boards of 1x4, 6, 8 and 10. Delivery date is approaching, and we gather up and bundle all of this lumber. John Perry arrives with his log truck and pup trailer. We’ve got directions and
a phone number from Lisa and assurance that there is plenty of room to turn around once unloaded (very important.) Good luck John! He is headed to a destination threeand-a-half to four hours north with close to 30 tons of lumber on board. I give him a call in the afternoon. “No problem, I am almost home.” I meet Lisa in Rutland that evening. She has a check for payment in full. I’ve never seen or heard from her again. Lisa’s House from Dick Walker Sawmill turns out to be part of a divorce settlement. Unbeknown to me, a friend sees this house being built — “that’s a Wobbly Walker house!” He talks to the carpenters; they say the lumber came from somewhere near Fair Haven. He gives them a few pointers to clarify some things for them – my drawings are not architect quality. I usually show a builder a building similar to the one that’s being built. “Take pictures and build from them.” About a year later, I get a call from Calais. “I am impressed. I want to build a house just like Lisa’s house!” We can do that! This year we’ve done very little print advertising. We’ve got repeat customers and people who have seen something that they liked. I’ve been in business a long time, and there are lots of Lisa’s houses out there. To contact Dick Walker Sawmill, call 802-273-2077 or stop by for a visit, Evergreen Road, Fair Haven. www. dickwalkersawmill.com
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Dick Walker Sawmill, Evergreen Road, Fair Haven, VT 05743 Phone & Fax (802) 273-2077 www.dickwalkersawmill.com