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he house praises the carpenter.” That quote, featured on the website for Retreat Custom Home Builders, is quite true. The custom home building and designing company is headquartered in Center Harbor; one look at the homes featured there elicits ohhs and ahhhs from browsers. In photos, one can see the style, the quality craftsmanship and nod to the past while using the most modern of materials to create wonderful homes. Indeed, the name of the company, Retreat, says it all about the homes created by Adam Pierce and his business partner, Luke Dupuis. Their style blends the rustic and elegant with a distinct nod to the past when summer cottages might have stone fireplaces and wooden floors and walls hewn from area timber. Those cottages, where owners took joy in being close to the lake’s shores, were simple yet beautiful, built well to withstand the years. These places were true retreats for those who embraced a quiet, country life. Today’s Retreat business started when Luke Dupuis, the owner of Home Comfort, a quality home furnishings and design business in Center Harbor, decided to build a warehouse for Home Comfort. “I had challenges finding a contractor. Someone suggested I talk with Adam, and we connected and found we worked well together.” Although they may seem an unlikely pair, their individual talents bring a lot to the table. Luke has a well-known, distinctive design sense and as others say, he just seems to have a way to turn any space into something unique and beautiful. That talent is a gift, and Adam acknowledges how it helps the building of quality homes, where style is foremost. “It is hard to find someone you are in sync with,” Adam says. “But I saw similarities in our styles. We try to do the right thing, and our customers enjoy working with us.” Adam’s integrity impressed Luke and he realized he was fortunate to have met someone with a good design sense, but also the skills to take on building projects large and not-so-large. “I saw that as a team, we could form a good company,” says Luke.

As the go-to guy for Retreat, Adam often confers with Luke, who has built a reputation over the years through Home Comfort. There is a clear sense that the homes they build or renovate have that summer-cottage-vacation-home-rustic-yet-beautiful vibe. Each project is unique but they all carry a similar appeal of being beautiful places where families can retreat at the end of a long day or working week and relax and find joy in their home surroundings. “With each project we learn more,” Adam reflects. “We do high-end remodels and custom-built homes with a high caliber to attention and detail.” The company has done over 20 projects and each home is crafted to meet the needs of the owner. A recent, in-progress project finds Retreat at a lakeside Moultonboro location where they first renovated a small cottage for the owner, then moving on to build a beautiful and unique home on the same property for the eventual residence of that owner. Adam may be young, but he carries years of experience in the building trade. “My dad was a carpenter, and I was always around him as he built things,” Adam recalls. “I wanted to be a writer and go into journalism. I went to college for history and religion, but my professor told me I should pursue writing. And so I lived in New York City and did some writing.” As times changed, Adam eventually decided to move back to New England and the Lakes Region of NH. He speaks fondly of life on the lake and how much it has come to mean to him; he would be the first to say he is exceptionally lucky to be working and living in such a beautiful area. The current project they are working on is part of the Bon Air Cottages property and the completed house will have about 2,700 sq. ft. of living space and 4,000 sq. ft. total. “We started this winter by designing the floor plan,” Adam explains. “Luke had a vision for the house and I gave my advice and input.”

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In other words, what a designer such as Luke might envision has a practical side as well and that is where Adam comes in. “I give advice and let him know that yes we can do something or no, it cannot be built in a particular way.” Retreat experts make it work for their customers, as well as adding personalized touches to harmonize with the style and home’s location. They mention a customer who had lived previously in an Adirondack style home but wanted something different. They were able to design with a new style, an upscale cottage vibe home. The Bon Air Cottages owner who is having the home built on the property wanted to keep the old cottage feeling. It is up to Luke and Adam to deliver

that vision, but in a livable, modern home. Such details as matching the peak of the house with the cottages when seen from the water show their attention to detail. Why be so careful with such details? “Because, by matching them up, it creates the feeling that the home has always been here,” says Luke. Inside the home, such details as old doors, fixtures and trim meld the old with new in a very attractive way. “Luke is always searching for old things to bring character to homes,” says Adam. In the present project, reclaimed porch railings, an old flat-bottom canoe used as an entertainment center and an old workbench that will become a vanity all add individual and unique style to each room of the home. The master suite will have a tray

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ceiling where vintage mirrors will be hung. The client has selected faux wood wall coverings to mimic the look of barnboard (but without the added cost or upkeep ). The actual building process is rarely done in a snap, but clients appreciate the attention and craftsmanship that Retreat brings to each construction. “Our clients have ideas of what they want, but they need help getting there. It is helpful to hire a design and building team they trust,” Adam adds. “I was living in New York City and had finally had enough of city life, and I called my Dad and said I wanted to come home. I learned from him how to work from demolition to construction.” He grimaces as he recalls the Great Recession and the financial belt tightening it caused. But, he says, looking back, it taught him many skills that remain with him to this day. Examples of all that skill can be seen at and include a lakeside family oasis where the inspiration for the home was the owners’ desire to create a retreat from their busy lives, an oasis to share with a large, close-knit family. The Retreat team worked closely with the clients to create interesting spaces in the home for various interests and needs, such as a custom sewing room and an office with a wide view of the lake. The space planning renderings were designed to incorporate found pieces into the overall finished plan, creating the feeling of a lake home with history and charm, despite its new construction. With almost 200 ft. of frontage, on a particularly windy section of lake, and despite a measurable snowfall during the winter of this build, the homeowners were able to enjoy their new home as winter turned to summer. Second-home owners and others in the Lakes Region have used Retreat’s services for renovations. One example is customers, who after enjoying several years in their cozy camp nestled in the woods, selected Retreat Custom

Builders to update their kitchen and baths, to reflect their desire to spend even more time enjoying their getaway. Offering a wide selection of cabinetry, flooring, tile and fixtures, Retreat guided the homeowners to make choices to complement their lifestyle. Working in older homes, Adam and his build team are never sure what they will find once the walls come down, and this project was no exception. “Our team thrives on finding creative solutions to unforeseen potential issues, and the homeowners on this project had lots of excellent input and communication. We love the finished product, and so do they,” says Adam. The completed home on the Bon Air property will be on this fall’s Parade of Homes, which takes place October 6 to 8 from 10 am to 4 pm each day. (Visit for information.) As the crew bustles around the job site, there is an end in sight to the current lakeside home project for Luke and Adam. They are excited to see the home featured in the Parade of Homes, knowing others looking for décor and construction projects will get ideas and perhaps call them for a new project. With a growing list of happy customers who are seeking out their individual versions of a “retreat” the custom build team is eager to help those people find the living space that best meets their needs. From cottage renovations that bring new ideas and conveniences to second-home owners to those with an existing home begging for a renovation or a completely new construction, there are endless possibilities. The Retreat team is creating beautiful, livable homes for all sorts of lifestyles and needs. The home, indeed, praises the carpenter. (For information on design/construction services, visit or call 603-455-6660. For home décor and design, visit www.

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omeowners invest large sums into improving their homes to make them more comfortable living spaces or to increase their odds of selling quickly. The Remodeling Futures Program at the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University predicted U.S. spending on home renovations and repairs to peak at $327 billion in 2017. Whether one is doing a large renovation or a small remodel, life may be turned upside down during the project. Furniture may be moved out of the room, walls may be demolished, water or electricity may be turned off, and appliances may be missing or not hooked up. Home improvements often drum up dust and disarray. Such projects can try the patience of any homeowner, and things may get worse before they get better. Even though remodeling can be taxing, the end result is often worth it. Here’s how to look forward to the silver lining and come out unscathed. Discuss the project before it starts All family members should agree before the first hammer is swung. Decide on as many details as you can ahead of time and have a firm plan in place. Establish back-up choices for tiles or color schemes in case the items you want are out of stock. Trying to make decisions under duress may result in bad choices. Do one project at a time It’s tempting to want to improve as much as possible at once to maximize motivation and renovation materials. However, having no place in which to escape the mess can elevate stress levels. Do not think about renovating kitchens and bathrooms all at once, or you will not have any working fixtures for tasks like washing up. Have everything in place … Before demolition even begins, have building materials bought and stored, contractors and subcontractors lined up, and see what you can do to minimize the time workers need to spend in your home.

… but expect delays In a world where things move at lightning speeds, renovations have not gotten the memo. Home projects take lots of time and will likely take longer if you are doing the work yourself in your free time. Build lots of extra time into the project so you are not disappointed when delays happen — even when you’ve done your best to avoid them. Plan an escape zone Construction environments can be messy, loud, smelly, and a host of other unsavory adjectives. The chaos that ensues when life is turned upside down can be overwhelming, particularly for the person who spends the most time in the home while work is being done. Build escape moments into the plan and make sure everyone else at home is on board. During the real grind of the project, a night or two at a hotel may be a welcome respite.

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Lakes Region Parade of Homes will Showcase 11 Finely Crafted Homes Get ready, get set and go! The area’s largest self-guided open house tour, the Lakes Region Parade of Homes is scheduled for October 6, 7 and 8 this year. The parade will feature 11 newly constructed homes built by Lakes Region premier builders. Whether you’re interested in building, remodeling or buying a home or just looking to get inspired, you definitely should attend. It’s a great opportunity to see top craftsmanship and get ideas on trending home design, energy efficient products, home automation, beautiful landscaping, custom woodwork, and more. The Lakes Region Builders and Remodelers Association, producer of the scattered-site show, will once again treat visitors to a vast array of trending products that are what today’s consumers expect to see in new homes. The show will be held Saturday, Sunday and Monday, October 6 to 8 from 10 am to 4 pm daily, in and around the Lakes Region including Ashland, Meredith, Laconia, Moultonborough, Wolfeboro and Gilford. Tickets costs $20 per person, and help raise money for the builder’s commitment toward workforce development and inspiring the next generation of building trade professionals. This year, show goers will be able to participate with the interactive app called “Parade Craze” which can be downloaded for free on any mobile device. It includes directions to all the homes, photos of the homes, information about the builders; tickets can be purchased on the “app” as well. Visitors can make comments on homes in real time, vote on their favorite features and engage in the experience. Go to App store and download the Parade Craze App and then search Lakes Region Parade of Homes 2018. One ticket is good for the entire three–day event. Parade goers will also pick up their copy of the “Official Parade Guide Book” highlighting all the show

“Little Green” overlooking Lake Winnipesaukee in Moultonborough was voted Lakes Region Parade of Home’s “People’s Choice” Winner. K.A. Clason designed this charming 1,800 square foot, three bedroom, 2-¾ baths lakeside home that showcased fine craftsmanship. homes and trade professionals and sponsors of the event. “There is no better way to become more informed about today’s new homes than by participating in this year’s Lakes Region Parade of Homes Tour. Attendees will be able to get a comprehensive view of what is possible in new home design, technology and energy efficiency by the region’s top builders, in a variety of styles, settings and communities,” said Brenda Richards, LRBRA, Executive Director. “The goal is to put interested homeowners into contact with talented builders and skilled trade professionals.” Additional show information can be obtained at lakesregionparadeofhomes. com. “The Lakes Region Builders & Remodelers Association consists of construction industry professionals dedicated to providing quality housing opportunities through education, vision and advocacy for the betterment of their communities. Learn more or find a LRBRA member for your next home project at

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Waging the War on Cold Professional, Non-profit, and DIY Strategies To Keep the Warm Air In By Mark Foynes

t’s a recurring pitched battle that veteran Granite Staters know all too well: the constant struggle between our desire to keep warm after the leaves have fallen, and winter’s fierce onslaught, whose only objective seems to be an outright plunder of all things cozy. Ironically, the very houses where we seek shelter and respite from this ‘war on cold’ are often traitorous toward our efforts to stay warm and snug. Leaks around windows, gaps beneath exterior doors, and poorly-insulated attics are among the leading culprits in heat loss. Even cracks in foundations abscond with the warmth from your house come deep winter. (These cracks are prevalent in older homes set upon granite foundations; in addition to overall heat loss, the fissures permit streams of frigid air to enter your cellar and can lead to frozen pipes). There are many strategies that a DIYer can pursue to “tighten the envelope” from the rafters on down. Many simply require a caulking gun, a few tubes of caulk, and a small stepladder to seal up leaky windows. For doors, a few rolls of self-adhesive weather stripping will cut down on drafts around doorways. And for unfinished attics, a few rolls of the pink insulation will help keep some of the heat from dissipating upwards and away from your living spaces. For a more comprehensive strategy, spray foam insulation is possibly the most effective for the homeowner zealous about waging a war on cold. We caught up recently with Kellen Bizel of Precision Applications, a contractor who offers this service. Based in Thornton, he serves a region stretching from the White Mountains, down to Manchester, and over to Portsmouth - a geographical footprint that encompasses the entirety of the Lakes Region. Precision’s website says, “Simply put, foam insulation is the best way to keep your home cooler in the summer, warmer in the winter, reduce electricity expenditures and harmful allergens in your home. We offer attic insulation and wall insulation services for homes and businesses, which is

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perfect for your entire building, garage, or other living space.” The application process involves “shooting a concentrated spray of insulating foam” throughout a structure. Once the viscous liquid sets, it forms a twoinch-thick insulating layer that’s virtually impervious. The result is “a thermal, vapor, and air barrier.” Bizel draws a distinction between foam insulation and blow-in insulation. In the case of the latter, a hose is used to fill spaces between structural members with a cotton candy-like substance made from fiberglass or cellulose. Conversely, Precision applies closed cell insulation - a polyurethane spray foam - with a tool that somewhat resembles a super soaker or a paintball gun. The apparatus allows workers the ability to cover wide swaths quickly and to pinpoint their aim toward otherwise inaccessible areas. Closed cell insulation, according to Bizel, when properly applied, has the greatest insular qualities of materials in regular use. Bizel said the precision of spray foam techniques allows him to get into “nooks and crannies” that are difficult or impossible to get at with other methods. Bizel said that “the pink stuff that comes in rolls is definitely better than nothing.” He noted that the fiberglass’ insulating qualities are infe-

rior to spray foam. Additionally, the nature of rolled insulation allows insects and rodents to nest in gaps in the fabric. “When we’ve done retros, we’ve seen the evidence,” Bizel said. He noted that the fact that spray foam adheres to surfaces in a solid mass gives pests “nowhere to hide.” Bizel added that the fact the material is applied directly to the structure increases a building sturdiness by perhaps 300% by boosting its “racking strength.” He noted that spray foam is the is the preferred insulation for folks in hurricane zones since it helps a house withstand high winds. Bizel had previously worked in the field of exterior fluid roof applications for the types of flat roofs you see on commercial buildings. Several years ago, he transitioned to interior insulation - mostly for residential clients. (Though Bizel notes that he has done some commercial work for companies he’d worked with during his roofing days). There are upsides and a few downsides to spray foam insulation. On the downside, in existing homes, sheetrock needs to be removed to get at spaces between the studs on walls - so it can be rather involved. (That said, if you wanted to insulate with pink insulation, you’d need to do the same). To this end, a lot of the houses that Precision insulates are new construc-

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loss occurs. Consequently, much of the program’s focus is on insulation and heat loss. While much of this loss occurs around exterior openings and fenestration, Lenahan said WAP is “not a window and door program,” per se, where such building elements are completely replaced. Rather, clients’ existing windows are caulked and their doors receive weatherstripping to improve their thermal efficiency. Another facet of the program involves replacing furnaces if they are deemed potentially dangerous - although funding for such installations is limited. Lenehan stressed that WAP is a one-time service to allow CAP to allocate its limited resources equitably. “Likewise, we don’t do post-project maintenance or monitoring - that’s the responsibility of the client,” he said. Also, Lenahan stressed that WAP “is not an emergency service,” and that there is a considerable waiting list. Therefore a substantial amount can lapse between a client’s initial intake and CAP’s delivery of service. “Our mission is to serve clients in need, but we need some lead time to develop a plan,” Lenahan said. He noted that CAP staff do initial work and serve as project managers, but that the work is mostly done by vetted contractors under the agency’s oversight. Lenahan noted that many of those whom CAP serves through WAP are already receiving fuel and utility assistance - a related program whereby qualified applicants receive help with their heating and electricity costs. He said the reason for this overlap is twofold: CAP has already deemed these residents in their service area as having a legitimate need - and that the agency wants its fuel assistance to have a maximum impact, which can be heightened through winterization. In determining which applicants are selected for WAP, Lenahan said that preference is often given to the elderly, people with disabilities, and lower income families with young children. Lenahan said the weatherization program is funded through Federal

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burning season, soot and creosote can build up. The fouling can inhibit the flow of smoke out of your house, affect how your woodstove performs, and increase the likelihood of a chimney fire. This can be an easy DIY if your chimney or stovepipe protrudes from a flat or gently-pitched roof. All you’ll need is a ladder, a chimney brush sized to the diameter of your pipe, and some lengths of screw-together graphite rods. However, if you have a steeply pitched roof, it would behoove you to call a fully-insured pro. Putting in a Plug for Insulating Outlets Electrical sockets are little-known energy saps - especially if they are on a wall that faces north or northwest. I learned this from experience one cold and windy February morning while shaving. I could feel a very strong draft - but it wasn’t coming from the bathroom window. Rather, it was coming from an electrical outlet on an exterior wall facing almost due north - the direction whence the Arctic winds blow in deep winter. To remedy this, there are socket gaskets that can be bought for cheap to greatly reduce heat loss. Shut Up! For owners of older houses, it’s not an uncommon practice to close off rooms that are infrequently used - especially if you heat with wood. Sealing off such rooms will concentrate heat in the spaces you actually use. For some folks, this is just a matter of closing some interior doors. However, if you have a heating grate in a room you wish to seal off, you’ll want to disconnect the ductwork leading to that grate and put a temporary cap at the duct opening. No need to divert hot air into a closed off room. These were just a few ideas off the top of my head. Here are a few web resources that could spark some other ideas: There are too many sites to list, but this will get you started.

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re you thinking about selling your home? If so, now’s the time! According to the National Real Estate Association (NREA), home sales rose nine percent nationwide in July. Overall, the U.S. housing market continues to grow, with rising prices and new construction, supported by a strengthening domestic economy. The housing market is attracting home buyers due to low national unemployment rates and high numbers of Millennial buyers, combined with low mortgage rates. It is a seller’s market across the country, with persistent buyer demand. Any recent housing crash forecasts have thankfully missed the mark. If trade issues with the European Union and China are resolved, that should push home prices up even higher in 2019. agrees that the housing market has been strong in 2018, with a 3.2 percent increase in home price appreciation, mortgage rates at or below five percent for a 30-year fixed mortgage, and a 2.5 percent growth in existing home sales, thanks to the rise in home inventory. The current home ownership rate nationally stands at 63.9 percent. That all sounds pretty good! So, what does this mean for the Lakes Region? How is the local real estate market doing? Randy Parker of Maxfield Real Estate was thrilled with the summer season. “Last year was incredible, and this year was incredible,” he says. “The market is back in the seller’s favor, due to the rebounding economy and stock market.” He noted that home inventory was low, so there were more

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buyers than houses. “Home prices have gone up five to six percent over the past three years,” Randy continues. “We should see another few good years to come.” For Randy, September, October, and November are the busiest months to sign contracts. “People come up for vacation in the summer, fall in love with the area, and decide they want to move here,” he says. Home turnover in the Lakes Region is also often caused by job changes or health changes. Many older homeowners in the area decide to sell to move closer to family, wanting to spend more time with grandchildren. For off-water homes, most buyers favor first-floor living, and for homes on the water, price range is more important. “Island homes offer a better bet for buyers with regard to price range,” suggests Randy. “Because there are fewer homes available on the shore in a favorable price range, buyers are looking to island living. This is why demand for island homes is going up.” Susan Bradley of Coldwell Banker specializes in waterfront property and luxury homes in the Lakes Region. “Spring wasn’t very active, but sales really picked up this summer,” she says. “Waterfront properties under two million dollars were especially active.” Susan also says that non-waterfront homes under $500,000 sold so quickly that it was hard to keep up. So, what are people looking for? Most high-end buyers are looking for second homes, and they want something with a casual design—less formal. For buyers in a lower-cost bracket, Susan says that they’re looking for specific communities in the Lakes Region, paying attention to school districts and whether it will be an easy commute to work. While retirees look for singlelevel living, more traditional homes with master bedrooms on the main level are also in demand among most buyers. Looking ahead, Susan believes the market will be stronger in the fall. “Interest rates are competitive, and inventory has improved from what it was three months ago,” she says. Homes are also appreciating gently, which makes for a more sustainable market. According to Susan, it’s a great time to be a buyer or a seller.

Re/Max realtor Charlotte Marrocco-Mohler has been very busy this summer in what she calls a “very hot” market. “With multiple offers for properties, many homes sold over their listing price,” she says, “and it’s a seller’s market, and probably will be into next year.” Although inventory has been low in the Lakes Region, Charlotte expects that to change in the fall as most people want to show their homes before winter sets in. The fastest-selling homes this summer have been those under $300,000. Not only single homes, but condos have also been very popular in the range of under $400,000, especially if it’s a second home or one for a retiree, as there’s less maintenance or upkeep to worry about. Mortgage rates are still fairly low, and Charlotte says that there are actually a lot of cash buyers who purchase homes in the Lakes Region. Cindy Melanson of Melanson Realty agrees that the market was very active this summer, with a low inventory creating a seller’s market. Recently, she’s found that more Millennials and buyers under age 40 who have young children are looking for waterfront homes, with homes under two million dollars selling the fastest. Off-water homes under $400,000 make desirable starter homes for someone moving for a job or with their family. Retirees also look for off-water homes in the Lakes Region as do former residents who grew up in the area and want to return. Cindy stays pretty busy year-round but says that activity will stay high through the fall, despite the low inventory. “Mortgage rates are still good, and prices will hold firm,” she says. “It’s a great time for buyers to get out there and look, whether it’s for a home on the water or off.” If you’re looking to buy a home, the Lakes Region has much to offer. With outdoor recreation, beautiful changing seasons, and the opportunity to belong to a welcoming community, there’s something for all ages. Families will appreciate great school districts in small towns, with many events and activities geared toward kids. If you’re still on the fence, there is also a lot of helpful information at like local maps, directories, and even a “jobs” link to find employers that are currently hiring in the area. Why wait? Check out homes in the Lakes Region today!


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7 Uses for Fallen Leaves By the time autumn hits full swing, many trees will have shed their leaves for the season, and the last vestiges of red, yellow and orange magic will have faded to brown. Raking, blowing and collecting leaves become the primary chores of lawn and yard maintenance, and present most homeowners with large piles of gathered leaves to tend to. It is impossible to count just how many leaves fall to the ground each year, or just how many pounds of leaves get collected curbside, but the numbers are substantial. Cleaning up leaves is considerable work, but not all of those leaves need to be carted away. In fact, there are several different uses for leaves that can be beneficial. 1. Spread leaves as a protective mulch to cover tender perennials or root crops/bulbs in the ground. The leaves will form a natural insulating cover that keeps the soil and the plants within a bit warmer over winter. 2. Create a pile of leaves that will break down and form a crumbly, compostlike material called leaf mold. Even though leaf mold may sound like a blight, it’s actually a good amendment to garden soil, improving its structure and ability to hold water. Leaf mold also attracts beneficial organisms that are vital in healthy soil. 3. Brown leaves can be added to green materials in compost piles to improve the health of the compost being formed. According to the healthy living resource Care2, the ideal ratio is 75 percent brown to 25 percent green materials in compost. Turn compost piles regularly to aerate them. 4. Store dried, mulched leaves in a dry spot so they can be used in the spring

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as a weed barrier for spring plantings. They will keep weeds at bay and help retain soil moisture to ensure small sprouts have the resources to grow. 5. Use shredded leaves as a lawn supplement. Pass a lawn mower over leaves left on the lawn to break them down into pieces too small to rake. This will help keep the lawn healthy throughout the winter without blocking out needed sunlight. 6. Bag dried leaves and pack them tightly together in cold areas of the home, such as basements or garages. They can act as added insulation. Bags of leaves also can be placed around planting containers to protect them from frost. 7. Gather a few of the best-looking leaves and preserve them. Use an iron on a low setting and press leaves between two pieces of waxed paper until the waxed paper seals together. Or use clear contact paper to achieve the same effect. Fallen leaves can be used in many different ways throughout the year.


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f it is true that hard work leads to success, it could explain the popularity and growth of Ripple Pottery. Located on Rt. 25 in Rumney, NH, the studio and shop are well known to those who love handmade pottery in a range of sizes and colors. Owner/potter Brian O’Hare has dedicated his working life to creating pottery and the years spent honing that craft have made him an expert, skilled but never resting on his success. The day I visited Ripple Pottery, I traveled Rt. 25 from the Plymouth area. Not far past Polar Caves, I spotted a large sign with an eye-catching type, stating “Potter Working Today” which enticed me to stop and see what the business was all about. Years ago, I took an intro to pottery class to complete a college credit, thinking it might be fun. I quickly learned that for a three-dimensionally impaired person such as myself, creating pottery was about as far from fun as would be a root canal. I recall sitting uncertainly before the potter’s wheel, a hunk of wet clay in my hands. Even throwing the clay onto the wheel and making sure it was centered before beginning to set the wheel in motion was something I never quite mastered. My lack of skill grew from there. If I learned anything in that class, it was that pottery – well-made, beautiful pottery - is an art in itself. Perhaps that early-in-life, negative pottery experience stuck with me, and I cannot say I visit pottery studios very often. But that changed after a visit to Ripple Pottery, where owner Brian was welcoming and quite willing to talk about the long journey to his success as a potter in Rumney, NH. “I got a BFA in ceramics from Plymouth State University (in Plymouth, NH), and I worked for Simon Pearce and also some small potters. I have been in business for myself for a number of years,” he explained from the small yet beautiful shop next door to his pottery studio. The day I visited, it started to rain quite heavily as I dashed from my car to the shop. I had no idea what to expect as I shook the raindrops from my

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jacket. Stepping into the charming shop, I was admittedly surprised; this is no toolshed-turned-gift-shop but rather a stylish, intimate place where Ripple Pottery and other carefully chosen artisan products are offered for sale. Brian greeted me and explained that he previously lived in Meredith, but then found the ideal spot for his studio/shop in Rumney. “When I bought this place, it was uninhabited. We built it to what it is today. I liked it for the atmosphere and location.” He likely is referring to the dramatic rock formations that rise up at the rear of the property and the fact that there is ample room for the home he shares with his wife and children, the shop and his pottery studio. “The summer we bought the property, I built the studio and revamped the space for a gallery as well,” he recalls. It is now the winding-down time after a busy summer that saw customers from near and far visit the shop. But pottery is always in demand by Ripple Pottery customers, and Brian will remain busy leading up to the holiday season in December before finally taking a break to enjoy his family in the quieter



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winter months. “We meet artisans and customers at fairs,” Brian says, “such as Sandwich Fair, one of my favorite places where we display and sell Ripple Pottery. And we are a part of the NH Open Doors event.” With a super busy shop, Brian has cut back on some of the most workintensive fairs and events that meant he had to produce many pieces to keep up with the demands of selling at huge venues with thousands of customers on any given day. Clearly, Brian did not want to burn out or lose his edge as an artist and potter. “As an artist, I never stop evolving. I strive to make pottery with a visual appeal that is functional as well.” He speaks of the satisfaction of knowing one of his coffee mugs, perhaps with its signature, custom red glaze, is the first thing a busy person will use as they sip their morning coffee. “That is where form meets function,” Brian asserts. Speaking of those appealing glazes, customers who appreciate good pottery love the custom red color that is one of Ripple Pottery’s most popular. It isn’t easy to produce, Brian explains, and he uses a high fire reduction process. “I use my own recipes for the glazes; the blue is also very popular and people like the red, too. I sell a lot to a Connecticut customer that likes the red glaze.” Lest one think Ripple Pottery is about just coffee cups, they will be pleased to know the shop offers a wide range of pottery. As I browsed the well-lit The Shop at Ripple Pottery offers a variety of handmade items for sale.

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shop while Brian waited on a young couple, I found my absolute favorite piece: a huge, graceful bowl with a gorgeous blue glaze. Brian chatted with the customers about the colors of the pottery. “The firing techniques I’ve chosen are not the easiest or most predictable. Reduction firing requires a partnership with your kiln and an in-depth understanding of glazes and atmosphere.” As I browse other items, such as a group of paintings by an artist whose work Brian likes, I listen in as he continues to converse with the young couple who have stopped with the idea in mind to buy some Ripple Pottery as they finish up a Lakes Region vacation. They aren’t sure what they want, but a friend told them the shop is a must-visit place. They are of the millennial generation and Brian can speak with them as easily as he does older customers. If you want to talk pottery, Brian is always ready to explain the process and how it all comes about. The couple leave with their purchases, this last stop on their vacation complete. I wonder at keeping up with production since the shop can be busy, and Brian smiles as he says there is indeed a lot of turnover of items in the shop, but he is well able to meet the demand. “The pottery makes great wedding gifts and the mugs, bowls and the ‘face’ mugs I create are quite popular,” he says. There have been challenges, however, he admits. The biggest of which was a flood during heavy rains that swept through his property, affecting the shop and his pottery studio. “I rebuilt with the help of family and friends,” he explains. With no plans to relocate elsewhere, Brian, his wife Heidi and others worked hard to put things back together. Brian invites me to walk a few steps to his studio, where he produces the vast array of pottery. I was not sure what to expect, assuming I would see the little pottery wheel similar to the one I failed at in that college class long ago. But I am pleasantly surprised to enter the working place of a true arti-

san. It is a light filled place, with the tools for creating pottery. That pottery, waiting to be fired (on a less humid day) lines storage shelves. It is amazing to think every piece will be covered in the gorgeous and signature glazes. Custom orders are always welcome, and Brian mentions lamps…and even sinks he has fashioned for select customers wanting something beautiful and very different for their homes. “I pride myself on making things that fill an unexpected need in everyday lives. Some whimsical and some so simple they just make perfect sense.” To keep up with the production end of things, Brian makes use of an intern on weekends, which is a help since Ripple Pottery is open seven days a week until Christmas. During the quieter winter months, he is open by appointment. When springtime rolls around again, or even before then, gardeners will be at the shop for the whimsical pottery mushrooms Brian crafts. These make unique gifts for the gardener or for those who want something fun and eyecatching for an outdoor space. For a list of upcoming artisan fairs where Ripple Pottery will be selling their mugs, bowls and other pottery, visit The name Ripple Pottery comes from a belief and a hope that the pottery will find its way into many homes far and wide, sort of like a stone thrown in a pond causes a ripple. That indeed is the ripple effect the pottery studio in Rumney, NH has on all who visit. (Ripple Pottery is located at 839 Rt. 25 in Rumney, NH; call 603-786-9085.)

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ello to all of my fellow grillin’ friends, whether local or in the area enjoying the beautiful fall colors. Fall is easily my favorite time of the year, being a seasoned veteran to the four seasons. I love the weather, I love the scenery, and I love the crisp autumn air. Granted, it is a true indication that winter will soon be upon us, but no need to rush into that right now. For many, fall does bring an end to grilling season, but not me. I’m a huge believer in grilling year-round, but for those to don’t, (and even if you do) today I am focusing on some wonderful, elegant, and delicious grilled menu thoughts for an upscale dinner you may be planning, including a few appetizers and dinner ideas.

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I will admit the few times I go out to eat during the year, as a chef, my first thought is never order something that I can whip up easily at home. Since my wife is allergic to shellfish, I rarely cook anything like that at home, so quite often, that’s my “go to” when eating out, but everyone has their reasons for what they order. Today I want to share items that you quite likely have never thought of cooking on your own that you would find in many quality eateries. The recipes are easy, but these dishes will have your crowd convinced you are a professional chef and they will be asking you for the recipes, all done on the grill. For example, next time you go out and see grilled Sweet & Crusty Ribeye w/Caramelized Onions and Crumble Bleu Cheese on the menu, or a Jalapeno & Cilantro Stuffed Grilled Jumbo Shrimp, say to yourself, “I can easily do this at home.” I consider all of these relatively simple and a cinch for anyone who cooks and grills. Here is the list of some fine dining type recipes you can master in no time right in your own back yard. Appetizers Grilled Prosciutto and Fontina Piadini, a “form” of pizza Mini Beef Pops w/Pineapple and a Parsley Chimichurri Sauce Jalapeno & Cilantro Stuffed Grilled Jumbo Shrimp

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The Main Course Marinated Swordfish Steaks with Strawberry Salsa Sweet & Crusty Grilled Ribeye with Caramelized Onions and Crumbled Bleu Cheese Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Grilled Peach-Ginger Chutney Let’s start from the top of the list with the Piadini, which is sometimes spelled Piadina. For starters, a piadini is basically a lot like a pizza except it has a no-rise crust and is generally thin crusted and cooked on the grill. This gives it a classic crunchy flatbread kind of crust with a great smoky grill flavor. Quite often a piadini is a sauceless pie. This recipe is classic, authentic Italy. When you try this one, you will feel like a Corleone, and your company will realize you are making them an offer they can’t refuse. This recipe yields 4-6 servings. The List: 3 ½ cups of all-purpose flour, plus extra for the counter ½ tsp baking soda 1+ tsp table salt 1 stick butter, room temp and cut into ½ inch squares 2 tbsp olive oil

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1# of ricotta 2 tsp lemon zest (from about 2 small lemons) Ground black pepper 6 ounces fontina cheese, shredded (about 2 cups) 4 ounces prosciutto, thinly sliced 1 cup chopped fresh basil Put the flour, baking soda, and 1 teaspoon of salt in the bowl of your mixer using a dough hook. Add the butter and mix on low speed until incorporated, about 2 minutes. With the machine running, slowly add 10 to 12 tablespoons water until a dough mixture forms around the hook. Transfer the dough to a lightly floured work surface and knead for 5 minutes until smooth. Cut the dough into 4 equal pieces. Form into disk shapes and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 30 minutes. On a lightly floured or oiled surface, roll out each piece of dough into an 8- to 10-inch circle, about 1/8-inch thick. Brush each circle with the extravirgin olive oil on one side and grill for around 4 minutes on a medium heat. While grilling, brush more on the top side and flip after 4 minutes and do the same. Remove the piadini and let cool a little. Mix the ricotta, lemon zest, and salt and pepper in a small bowl. Examine the 4 grilled crusts on each side. If one side is a little more cooked, make sure that side is face up. Spread each piadina with 1/2 cup of the ricotta mixture. Sprinkle the fontina cheese evenly over the ricotta. Arrange 2 prosciutto slices on top of the cheeses and pop back on top of the grill for about a minute with the grill cover closed. Pull off the grill and cut each piadina into as many wedges as you want and transfer to a serving platter. Garnish with the


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incorporated. Pour half of the sauce into a large bowl and put the other half in a small container and wrap and refrigerate. Place the beef cubes in the bowl with the marinade and mix well so all the beef is completely coated, then refrigerate for 3 hours or so. Skewer the pops, alternating the beef and pineapple chunks, making sure there is pineapple on each end to help keep the beef moist. Remember, these are an appetizer, so don’t feel the need to cram as many as you can onto the skewer. Ideally, the pieces should be lightly touching. Season them with salt and pepper. Slightly warm the saved sauce while grilling the pops. As a general rule, grill each kabob about 3 minutes on each side for a nice medium rare. Once done, drizzle the warm sauce over them and rip right into these fun pops! Anyone who enjoys shellfish loves shrimp; for a seafood fix on the grill, this is arguably the most versatile of the shellfish family when it comes to recipes. This recipe can be done one of two ways, either traditionally peeled and deveined, or deveined with the shell on and grilled in the shell. In other words, this can be a peel and eat type of thing, which many enjoy, depending on the atmosphere, or eat them with a knife and fork. We all have our way. One thing to always keep in mind when grilling or pouching shrimp is that when done in the shell, the shrimp will have more of the original flavor. Also, when grilling, the shell helps prevent the shrimp from overcooking and keeps it from drying out. Another thing about cooking in the shell is that the shrimp will continue to cook once off the grill, or out of hot water. It’s always best to cook them until opaque and continue to cook within the shell off the heat source. As for this recipe, these juicy shrimp are stuffed with a great mixture of

fresh ingredients. It produces a tremendous flavor mix as well as a beautiful presentation to this awesome appetizer. This recipe is geared for two people, but again, translates well when multiplying if needed. The List 8 fresh (not frozen) jumbo shrimp, shell on 4 sprigs of fresh thyme, just the leaves Juice of 2 limes 2 Tbsp olive oil 1 tsp salt Pinch of black pepper 1 clove of chopped garlic ½ large jalapeno, chopped. (If you enjoy the heat, include the seeds) 2 scallions 1 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro Whisk the thyme, lime juice, half the olive oil and half the salt in a plastic bowl and set aside. Slit down the back of each shrimp, shell on, about ¾ of the way down, and devein them and give a quick rinse and pat them dry with a paper towel. Set them into the marinade, cut side down and refrigerate for ½ hour. Put the garlic, jalapeno, scallions, and the remaining oil and salt into a food processor and pulse until you have something of a paste. Pull the shrimp out of the marinade and stuff the shrimp with this mixture, then





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crushed 1 tsp black pepper ½ tsp of salt For the Salsa 3 cups fresh diced strawberries 3 scallions, thinly sliced ¾ cup of thinly sliced radishes 3 Tbsp of fine chopped chives 3 Tbsp of fresh lime juice ¾ tsp salt ¼ tsp black pepper 2 ripe avocados, diced Mix the marinade and lay it into a wide, walled dish. Pop in the swordfish steaks and flip over a few times to get the marinade working on all sides. Marinate the steaks in the refrigerator for an hour. For the salsa, you can make this in advance with the exception of the avocado. You should combine the avocado just before serving. The swordfish should be grilled on a medium-high heat for about 3-4 minutes on each side, depending on the thickness. Once done, spoon the salsa on the side and slightly over the final product with a twisted lemon slice and enjoy. It’s now time for a true carnivorous treat. Any non-vegetarian loves a great steak on the grill, and this one is classic. It ends up with a nice crispy outside and it’s rare on the inside, if that’s your liking. It is truly outstanding, and you can use whatever cut of beef you want for the most part, the thicker the better if you truly love a rare to medium-rare steak. The ingredients involved that are rubbed onto the steak will help create more flame than usual, which is always a good thing when it comes to the ultimate flavor created by the grill. Sweet & Crispy Steak w/Caramelized Onions and Crumbled Bleu Cheese Four 12-16 oz. sirloin steaks. (I’m a Rib Eye kind of guy) ¾ cup soy sauce 1/4 cup cornstarch 2 Tbsp vegetable oil, plus more for brushing 2 tsp fresh grated ginger 3 cloves garlic, minced 1/4 c. brown sugar 2 Tbsp ketchup Salt to season Black pepper to season ¼ cup vegetable or olive oil 3 large sweet onions, sliced 1 cup crumble bleu cheese Bradley's Hardware First and foremost, start

close them up and salt them. Gently lay them down on a greased grill on a medium heat and cook for about 3 minutes, turn them, close the lid and cook for 2-3 more minutes or until they are turning pink and a little firm as they will continue to cook. Salt them, and once cool to the touch, peel away and have fun. Again, you don’t have to go the peel and eat route, nor do you have to buy fresh shrimp, but it’s a much better tasting shrimp however, hands down. Truly a no-brainer! Now it’s time for some grilled dinner specialties to captivate your crowd. Let’s start with a refreshingly delicious swordfish recipe. In the fish world, swordfish is right at the top of my favorites, and it marinades so well. Like most of my favorite swordfish recipes, this one comes with a fresh berry salsa and has a light homemade Italian marinade. It is topped with a fresh strawberry salsa. The Marinade (four 6-8 oz swordfish steaks) The List 1 cup olive oil 3 Tbsp of fresh squeezed lemon juice 2 tsp lemon zest 4 tsp of fresh chopped oregano 4 tsp of fresh chopped thyme 4 tsp of chopped garlic 1 tsp of dried oregano 2 tsp of fennel seed,

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with the caramelized onion process. Skin and slice them and then pop them in a large sauté pan with the oil and cook on a low-medium heat for at least ½ hour, maybe more. If you cook them at too high a heat, the onions will burn. Ultimately the goal is a caramelized color to them. The term caramelized is used for two reasons: yes, the color, and when cooked this way, the sugar turns a sweet raw onion into a deliciously sweet warm onion. Caramelized onions are just like candy to me. Unless you are a seasoned veteran with a sauté pan where you feel comfortable flipping the onions occasionally, mix and move them around using a set of tongs. Once done, turn the burner to low and wait for the steak to be cooked. At serving time, I dump the onions into a colander to let the grease escape. While the onions are caramelizing, it’s time to marinate the steak and make the sauce, which is brushed on the steaks while grilling. As for the basting sauce, combine the oil, ginger, garlic, brown sugar and ketchup and set aside. Place the steaks on a sheet pan and pat them dry with paper towels. Pour 1 Tbsp of soy sauce over each steak and massage into both sides and season with the black pepper. Transfer them to a fresh, dry pan and sprinkle the corn starch over both sides and with your hands, lightly rub over the steaks, but not into the steak. Corn starch absorbs the salt out of the soy sauce but leaves the flavor and actually helps crisp up the outside of the beef to form a crust of sorts. On a piping hot preheated grill, toss on the beef and brush the top with the sauce, close the lid and cook for 3 minutes or so. Flip the steaks and lather the top side again. Continue this process, and then finish cooking without closing the grill and continue to glaze the steaks until each side is caramelized. Serve these over a bed of the onions and top with crumbled bleu cheese just as they come off the grill, somewhat melting and creating incredible deliciousness. You will swear you are eating at a top-notch restaurant!

Last on the list today has always been a “go-to” recipe for me. I love pork. I always have. It marinades nicely and goes well with many sauces or chutneys, and most have always been fruit related. Another side bar when it comes to cooking pork is to stop cooking it well done my friends. We don’t live in the dark ages anymore where trichinosis used to be so prevalent by wreaking its ugly head before meats were required to be inspected. Those days are long gone, so stop worrying. I wouldn’t suggest cooking it rare, mind you, but a grilled medium rare to medium pork tenderloin is so darn good. It remains nice and moist and can and will melt in your mouth. As for the accompaniment, who wants to grill some fresh peaches? This will be the main ingredient in the chutney—a Peach Ginger Chutney to be exact. Any grilled fruit, as I have mentioned in past articles, is so good. Like the onions in the last recipe, grilling or cooking the fruit brings the sweetness out in a wonderful way. The List for 4 tenderloins, between 3-3 ½ pounds total 4 decent sized peaches ¼ cup olive oil ¾ tsp salt ½ tsp black pepper 2 tsp of fresh fine chopped ginger 2 Tbsp brown sugar ¼ cup rice vinegar Get a pot of boiling water going on the stove that will fit the peaches. Drop them into the boiling water for one minute, scoop out with a slotted spoon and pop into a bowl of an ice bath where they are cool enough to handle. On a cutting board, skin the peaches with a paring knife. Cut them in half, yank out the pits, and brush the cut sides with ½ the oil. Brush the pork with the remaining oil and salt and pepper them. Grill the pork and peaches at the same time with a closed lid on a medium-high heated

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Use renovations to create healthier homes Home renovation projects are done for several different reasons, whether to update styles, repair damaged or broken items or to achieve more living space. More than ever before, homeowners are choosing improvement projects geared toward making their homes healthier. Establishing a healthy home means different things to different people. For example, to an environmentalist, a healthy home may incorporate eco-friendly or green products. To those with young children or mobilityimpaired seniors, a healthy home may be one free from potential hazards. Others may view a healthy home as one that alleviates allergies. The World Health Organization says that inadequate housing conditions, such as poor ventilation, radon, urban pollution, and moisture issues, can contribute to many preventable diseases and injuries — especially respiratory problems, nervous system disorders, cardiovascular diseases, and cancer. Furthermore, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ranks indoor air quality as a top-five environmental risk to public health. EPA studies have found that indoor air pollution levels were roughly two to five times greater than outdoor pollution levels. People interested in making their homes healthier can embrace these renovations and lifestyle changes. • Be aware of furniture materials. Toxic PBDEs, which are chemicals used as flame retardants on furniture fabrics produced prior to 2006, can send toxins into the air. Some manufacturers may still use these flame retardants in new forms, but with similar risks. Before purchasing furniture, ask if a product is treated, and select naturally fire-resistant materials like wool and cotton.

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alue: the positive quality of being precious and beyond value (The Free Dictionary) When Susan and Richard Barr of Gilmanton wanted just one more outbuilding at their reproduction saltbox, they could have put up a stick-built, modern garage sheathed to match the clapboards of their home and added period elements to help it fit in. Instead, they chose to re-erect a 1790’s barn that had lain disassembled under a building for 10 years. Somehow, it just seemed the right thing to do. Twenty-three years ago, they were confronted with a two-acre building lot filled with pine trees. They cleared and stumped, then built phase one, the main house. They planted hardwoods, pines and lilies. Ten years later they added two ells to the original house. Over the years they added peonies, rhododendrons, a koi pond, an inground pool, and two historic outbuildings from Gilmanton Corners. But it was only last fall that they bought their current favorite project: Dozens and dozens of posts, beams, and slabs of sheathing from a 1790’s barn that once stood on property where Smuttynose Brewery is now. At 40 feet long and 25 feet deep, the barn was disassembled at Smuttynose 10 years ago. A friend of the Barrs bought it, anticipating he would give it new life in a project he was working on. When it wasn’t right for that project, he stored it carefully under his house, hoping it would work out “next time.” Unfortunately, “next time” never came, so when he bemoaned its continued storage, Susan and Richard stepped into their next phase of building last fall. “We love projects like this,” Susan says. They “love” such projects? If you’re like many of us, the whole concept of moving a large old building from one location to another seems ludicrous. Why would one disassemble an antique—often one that is already in a state of disrepair—meticulously mark each piece, categorize and pack it carefully on location, load it and transport it to another site, then reassemble it all over again? Why not just build new? Building methods

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have improved over the years, haven’t they? Oh so not true! Take Exhibit “A:” a barn on Route 109A in Wolfeboro, NH. Tucked behind a weathered Cape, with roof falling in, there is little left of the barn’s back wall. Despite this handicap and a roof partially stove-in, the barn has withstood storm, prodigious snowfall, and the sheer force of gravity for almost a decade. Visible through the stand of trees is a skeleton standing resolute, mortise-and-tenon holding strong. Like most barns built before World War II, this barn was built using timber peg construction where uncured wood tightly joins together mortise-and-tenon. Posts and beams enter symbiotic marriage-the two become one through the drying of fiber and force of tension. According to historian Christa Capello and Mark Main of the Joseph Plumer Homestead in Milton, the traditional building methods of the portion of their barn built 1840 to 1843 are far superior to those used in an addition built on it in the late 20th century. In fact, right at the time the more modern portion of their barn was built, and longevity of contemporary building methods was routinely questioned, interest in old barns was resurging. In 1977, Ernest Burden’s Living Barns book was billed as the first to describe “how to get started in reusing these fascinating but all-too-quickly vanishing buildings” that were “some of the most truly distinctive indigenous architectural forms in the country.” Mortise-andtenon construction allow “few uprights and supporting beams” and with no “interior bearing partitions,” provide “tremendous, flexible space,” said Burden. The burgeoning interest in repurposing barns for new uses brought with it, too, renewed desire in taking old barns to new locations. Because post and beam barns are just that: posts and beams, the underlying structure of the building can be analyzed and taken apart like a jigsaw puzzle for reconstruction later. Hand-hewn beams and posts are labeled, rafters,

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This outbuilding was first located in Gilmanton Corners and is now at home with two historic structures moved from other locations to the Barrs’ home. wide plank boards and braces are numbered, plans are drawn showing placement and then carefully the barn is taken apart, loaded in trucks or trailers and taken to a new place for re-erection, or, in some cases like the Barrs,’ stored. Of course, re-erection of an 18th century barn in a location miles from its original abode is not something done lightly. Knowing this, the Barrs turned to Steve Bedard, one of New Hampshire’s pre-eminent barn preservationists, longtime board member of the New Hampshire Alliance for Historic Preservation and a family friend, for guidance. The barn was delivered to their property in the fall of 2017 in carefully labelled lots, put under tarps, and at Bedard’s suggestion, they engaged Steve Fifield of Barn Preservation and Relocation to erect it this past summer. After snow melted, Susan and Richard removed the tarps and began placing the pieces into piles, guessing what parts would probably go where. Susan likens it to how puzzle makers will sort the edge pieces from the center, and then separate gradients of color. “You put them in piles of where

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you think they ought to go,” she says. Having completed their simple task, it was time for a team from Fifield Building Restoration and Relocation to come in. Based in Canterbury, Steve Fifield and his team of four workers brought a crane and in five days erected the barn. “It was like a ballet,” marvels Susan. “Everything just fit the way it was supposed to.” She points to the 120-year-old, 40-foot ridge pole. “It’s all one piece. We had to be very careful with that.” Nearly everything needed was included: beams, posts, and original sheathing “and there were even some extra beams” that their son Ben and his wife are incorporating into the new house they are building in the same neighborhood. It’s a practice common to New England. Old barns are often found to contain pieces of other, older barns. Susan and Richard not only “love projects like this,” they are also enthusiastic evangelists for preserving, restoring and repurposing outbuildings for a variety of uses. Susan points to their neighbor’s house across the street, saying it’s a “living barn” - a barn repurposed into a house with a porch and annex originally found as barns in other parts of Gilmanton. She notes, too, that the Gilmanton Year-Round Library is a barn. It was disassembled and transported from North Hampton, another project overseen by Steve Bedard and reconstructed by Steve Fifield. Look around. Once you start noticing, you will see myriad barns taking fresh life at new locations: Visit the 1820s Hampton Barn at Clark House Museum Complex in Wolfeboro. At The New Woodshed in Moultonborough, you will be served in a 200-year-old barn that once sat in Strafford, NH. The new Cup & Crumb at Berry Pond Corner has vaulting ceilings marked by old beams rescued from a barn that once graced the property. The MooneyDamon Barn from Alton’s Camp Brookwoods has been disassembled, labelled, categorized and now waits reassembly at the site of New Durham’s Zechariah Boodey House as a project of the New Durham Historical Society.

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Top - Susan and Richard Barr’s reproduction saltbox in Gilmanton is graced by several historic outbuildings from around New Hampshire. Left - Originally situated on land where Smuttynose Brewery now stands, the Barr’s 1790’s barn was meticulously disassembled, labeled, categorized, and stored for 10 years before being raised this past summer. The raising was “like a ballet” says Susan and was completed in five days by a five-person team from Fifield Restoration and Relocation of Canterbury.

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Lighting the It’s a tricky thing to live and work in the same place, and it can also be problematic for a couple to work together. If the work is highly specialized and creative, it can be a prescription for artistic differences. But it works well for Derek and Linda Marshall, both artists, and it has been a formula for their success over the years. From their studio and home in Sandwich, NH, the couple have been creating beautiful items for customers since the 1970s. Making pottery for many years, and now handcrafted lighting, Derek and Linda are a creative team the likes of which we do not see too often.  Derek Marshall Lighting produces all sorts of lighting, from sconces to pendants and chandeliers; all the work is custom, and in a word, gorgeous. Each piece is created, from start to finish, in their Sandwich studio. “I was born in England and came to the United States when I was 10,” Derek says. “At age 18 I went to Columbia University and in 1965, I was commissioned in the U.S. Navy, married Linda Whitworth and sent to Vietnam.” After this, he attended graduate school at the City University of Fine Art in Kyoto, Japan. “I learned pottery making in Japan,” he added. “I got involved with Japanese arts and apprenticed to a Japanese potter, which taught me a lot about pottery and design.” In Japan, Linda studied sumi-e brush painting, mostly botanical designs.” Back in the United States, the couple were visiting with Linda’s family, who

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Way with Artistry owned the Towle Hill House (gift shop) in Meredith, NH. This was a time when fine arts and crafts were coming into their own and the popularity of handmade items was on the rise. The Marshalls were in the right place at the right time. Although they were dreaming of settling permanently in Maine, someone told them they should consider purchasing property in Sandwich, NH. It was a town where many artisans and craftspeople were living and working, and it might be just right for the Marshalls as well. Following that advice, Derek and Linda bought an old farm in Sandwich and set up their studio in a barn on the property in 1971. “We’ve been here ever since,” says Derek with a smile. In their early days in Sandwich, the Marshalls sold their pottery through the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen. It was a great way to garner sales and orders and Derek speaks fondly of the statewide League. The couple talk of the changes their art has gone through over the decades and it makes a lot of sense that their ability to grow and change as creative people led to an eventual switch from making pottery to lighting. “It wasn’t really a switch from one to the other, but rather a slow process,” Derek remarks. There are surely some customers who remember the beautiful pottery created by Derek and hand painted with graceful designs by Linda. The work stands the test of time, but these days lighting is their focus; it sometimes



combines clay with lighting to create very unusual and eye-catching lights. Mostly, the lighting is made of beautiful colored glass that Derek crafts into chandeliers, wall sconces and other pieces. To show the range of their work, Derek points to a group of ceramic wall sconces with a bronzing powder finish he is currently making for Virgin

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Airlines owner Richard Branson. “Glass and ceramics are related; both are transformed by heat,” Derek explains. One of the things Derek loves about working with glass is the reflection of the colors. He holds up a small sheet of glass that is a blend of blues and greens and lets the light flow through the colors. One can easily see his delight in working with such beauty. “We don’t make any pieces until we have an order,” Linda explains. “This is not blown glass, although customers sometimes assume it is. Rather, it is art glass and you can’t make it with the blown glass method.” Once the customer decides upon a color scheme and design, Derek goes to work to create the piece. He demonstrates how a template pattern is placed on the sheet of glass. He carefully (very carefully) cuts out each section of the design and then begins the step-by-step process of firing and bending the glass to create the curves for the lights. Holes must be lined up exactly for screws to fit, holding the pieces in place. There is no set amount of time to complete a piece or an order, because it is a creative process that is affected by designs, size and intricacy.  Buyers come to Derek Marshall Lighting from all over the world. These

are people looking for fine design in lighting. They may be building and decorating a home or other space where not just any lighting will do. One of the inspirations for the lighting designs are the gardens that surround the Marshall’s home and studio, including a large collection of orchids and unusual flora Derek has maintained for years. According to information at, form, function, color and texture are important elements to any home’s interior. The chosen lighting should excel in all these categories. The philosophy holds true for residential, commercial, office, restaurant and home theater lighting applications. “If you think you see some connections to Japanese aesthetics in my work, there is a reason. I don’t attempt to emulate Japanese design, but I try to reflect their philosophy in considering what makes a design good,” says Derek.  The Marshalls always speak with their customers to learn what each person’s lifestyle and home may be like. This is true whether they are designing one light for a kitchen area or 100 pieces, as they have done for hotels and even a hospital in locations near and far. Derek stresses that they do not do installations; they are UL label certified but installing the lighting is left to certified electricians. “I enjoy the puzzle of making things,” Derek explains. He says that what begins in the brain - a creative idea - must eventually reveal itself through

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the hands to be shared with others. “I think that is the nature of art. As an artist, I strive to create the best. As collectors, we must also search out the best we can afford.” Fine art is all well and good, but if one cannot create a piece to also meet a utilitarian purpose, it may not work when form and function meet. “I also consider myself a craftsman, someone with skill in making things. Being able to do both art and craftmanship is important for those who are responsible for the final product.” Attesting to this is the finest glass - American art glass - supported by stainless-steel, brass and aluminum formed by Derek to give strength and endurance to the light itself. The studio can produce custom finishes and glass. Some customers want additional customization and that is where Linda’s skill as a painter comes in. Derek mentions work she has done for specific tastes, including painting. with botanical themes. As the couple chat together, Derek mentions that he is working on a job for a Lakes Region customer who wants to restore old lights in a barn. As he explains some of the things he is figuring out, Linda asks questions and is clearly interested in the process. This habit of working together, bouncing ideas off one another and always seeking solutions to creative problems is at the heart of the Marshalls successful working relationship. Linda laughs as she explains that some people are surprised a husband and wife - both artists - can work together without clashing. Derek says it may be because they work on different portions of the creative work, but that is only part of the answer. “We look forward to getting an order,” Linda says. “We plan to keep doing this; it is what keeps us young. Each order and customer is new to us and we are always curious to learn more.” As well as the large order for Richard Branson, Derek is working on restoring old lighting in the barn, and recently restored some art glass lighting at

Castle in the Clouds in Moultonborough. For metal work, Derek confers with artisans such as David Little, a blacksmith in Meredith, NH. Also, they enter lighting competitions and are always working on new designs. And new to them is a glass company that also sold to the famed glass artist, Louis Comfort Tiffany. The glass is difficult to get, but Derek is making lights with this glass for a Tiffany style collection. Creating the beautiful and graceful lights takes talent and patience. It might seem a tricky thing to run the business and also to do the creative work, as well as live and work together. But for Derek and Linda Marshall, it has been a way of life their entire marriage. When a customer visits the studio, watches the couple work together and confer on creative work, it is quickly apparent the Marshalls wouldn’t have it any other way. (Visitors to the studio are welcome; please call ahead to set up an appointment at 603-284-7000 or 1-800-497-3891. Derek Marshall Lighting is located at 85 Upper Road in Sandwich, NH. Visit

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Prep the Yard for Winter Weather As quickly as autumn weather arrives it seems to move aside for the blustery, cold days of winter. Winter can catch a person off guard and the seasons are now less predictable than ever before. It's never too early to begin preparing your yard and outdoor living spaces for winter. Homeowners may be sad to bid farewell to the furniture and accessories of the fair-weather season, but time is of the essence when prepping for impending ice and snow. * Clean patio furniture. Give cushions and structures a thorough cleaning and allow to dry completely. Cleaning items before storing them for the winter saves time and energy next year when it's time once again to set up the yard for recreation. If anything is damaged beyond repair, discard it and look for replacements during end-of-season sales when savings can be had. * Move things indoors. The more items you can store in a safe and secure location the better. Load the garage, basement or storage shed with outdoor gear. Leaving items exposes them to the elements, and such exposure can cause rust, wear and damage. Flower pots and lawn ornaments also can blow around in winter wind or collapse under the weight of the snow, so collect these items and store them for the winter. Take out patio umbrellas and put them in the shed. If something is too large to move indoors, such as a barbecue or a pool filter, cover it with a durable tarp and secure it with rope. * Cover delicate trees. Depending on where you live, certain fruit trees, including fig trees, may need to be covered for the winter. Covering protects them from subfreezing temperatures and helps ensure they will rebound in the spring. Tropical plants should be moved indoors where they can thrive in

a heated home. Do not rip out chrysanthemum plants. Contrary to popular belief, these are not annuals. They will rebloom year after year if allowed to do so. * Remove water collectors. Bring in or cover anything that may accumulate water, such as bird baths or kids' toys. Water expands when frozen, and that means water trapped in any ceramic, glass or even plastic vessel can expand and cause the container to crack. * Clean up leaves and debris. Piles of leaves not only can suffocate a lawn and cause discoloration, but also can be attractive homes for rodents and insects looking for a warm place to spend their winters. Keep your yard neat and clean to discourage wildlife from taking up residence near your home. * Cover vegetable and flower beds. Invest in some burlap to lay down over planting beds. This helps to keep the ground from freezing over and minimize weeds for next season. * Care for outdoor ponds. If you have a pond on your property, remove any weeds around it and fish out any leaves from the water. Leaves will decay in the water and build up ammonia levels that can harm fish. If the pond is small, cover it for the winter. Also, start cutting back on feeding outdoor fish. These aquatic animals' bodies begin to prepare for winter by slowing down metabolism. Continuing to feed them can harm the fish when the temperature drops. * Wrap up pool season. It's wise to close the pool and cover it before leaves start to drop. Otherwise you will have a hard time keeping the water clean. * Plant spring bulbs now. Now is a good time to plan where you want to put spring bulbs. Once you have mapped things out, get the bulbs in the ground. Bulbs are relatively inexpensive and will provide that first punch of color when winter finally skips town.

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How to Control Ant Infestations at Home

Few things elicit the ire of homeowners more quickly than insect infestations inside a home. Though many types of insects can find their way into a home, ants tend to be especially skilled at such invasions, causing many a headache among homeowners hoping to send their uninvited houseguests packing once and for all. Ants are attracted to food, water and shelter, making kitchens, bathrooms and laundry rooms ideal havens for these unwelcome critters to congregate. Such infestations can frustrate homeowners and make them uncomfortable in their own homes, but curtailing an ant infestation need not be so difficult. * Identify the point of entry. Upon discovering an ant ers should conduct a thorough infestation, homeowninspection of their homes to identify where the ants are entering the home. Ants are tiny and capable of crawling through the smallest of cracks or gaps, so every home is tation. Once you discover an ant vulnerable to an ant infesinside your home, follow the ant rather than killing it, as foraging ants are typically sent from a colony located outside the home in search of moisture and food to bring back. * Set the bait. Once you have identified the point of entry, you can then set some indoor ant bait. Employing borax, a natural mineral found in many common hold products such as hand housesoaps and toothpastes, as their active ingredient, TERRO(R) Indoor Liquid Ant Baits use ants' anatomy against them to curtail infestations.

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Adult worker ants cannot digest solid food, which they must bring back to the colony for additional processing. Liquid ant baits exploit this physiology by making it easy for ants to transport the liquid bait back to the rest of the colony, where more ants will ultimately succumb to the bait. In addition, as the worker ant carries the bait back to the colony, it's also dropping a pheromone trail from the bait to the nest, ensuring that other ants will know where to find the bait, which they will hungrily seek out, making it easy for homeowners to eradicate the entire colony of ants. * Expect to see more ants after setting the bait. Baiting ants requires some patience on the part of homeowners, who should expect to see more ants appear in the hours after initially laying down the baits. That's because the bait is intentionally attempting to draw ants out and attract as many of them as possible, so the more ants you see in the first couple of days after laying the bait, the more effective that bait will be at eradicating the colony. Especially large ant colonies may take up to 10 days to curtail, but smaller infestations can usually be controlled within 24 to 48 hours. * Address the outdoors as well. Nearly all ant infestations can be traced to a colony beneath the ground outside a home. Though ants prefer to invade the interior of a home where they can find food, water and shelter, that does not mean your home's exterior is immune to such infestations, which can typically be found by searching for foraging trails that look like a line of traffic filled with ants. That line often leads directly into a home via windows, doors, exhaust vents, faucets, sliding glass doors, and along gutters and exterior walls. TERRO® Outdoor Liquid Ant Bait Stakes provide an effective and longterm solution to control outdoor ant colonies. Just like the indoor baits, these stakes employ a specially formulated liquid ant bait solution that attracts and kills all common household ants, including Argentine ghost ants, little black, acrobat, and pavement ants, among others. The Liquid Ant Bait Stakes have a snap off bait activation system that keeps the bait fresh until ready to use, while a see-through window makes it easy for homeowners to monitor the liquid ant bait so they know when it's time to replace the stake. Simply place the stake along ant trails or any areas outside the home where ants have been observed. * Maintain an environment inside the home that's uninviting to ants. Once baits have been set and ant colonies have been curtailed, homeowners can take steps to make their homes less inviting to ants in the future. Clean kitchens regularly, quickly cleaning up spills or crumbs, and use an exhaust fan in bathrooms and laundry rooms to cut down on the type of moisture that may prove attractive to thirsty ants.

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Home and Heritage Local Realtors Specialize in Brokering Historic Houses By Mark Foynes Photos courtesy K.A. Perry Real Estate


ou’re not just buying a home, you’re inheriting a story.” This is how realtor Ken Perry describes the process that he helps his clients navigate the buying process with once they’ve made the decision to purchase an antique home in the Lakes Region. And Ken, founder and co-owner of K.A. Perry Real Estate, speaks with some authority, having been selling homes and land in the Wolfeboro area for nearly five decades. Back in 1969, Ken and his wife (and current business partner) Ginny moved to Wolfeboro. Both were educators. After teaching junior high in Massachusetts, Ken became the teaching principal at New Durham School. (He’d later be the lead administrator at other schools in the district, including Effingham, Ossipee, and Tuftonboro). Early on, Ken realized he and Ginny would need extra income to supplement his salary. So in 1969, he became a licensed realtor and began showing homes. “I got into real estate originally so I could continue teaching,” Perry joked. Over the years he’s developed a niche market focused on antique homes. “It became a specialty over time,” he recalled. Perry said that it was a natural outgrowth of his long experience with historic structures. “My wife and I never lived in anything else,” he said. The husband-wife team operate their business out of a home office in their circa 1830 Federal-style dwelling. Perry said it is among the last of that style built in the area before Greek Revival and Italianate styles came into fashion among New Englanders. He said hallmarks of the Federal era of architectural history include a central entryway and chimneys located at both ends of the house. “The house layouts were different in the 1700’s and 1800’s,” he said, noting that interior spaces were often divided into smaller rooms that met the inhabitants’ needs at the time the structures were built. For example, a typical two-story center-chimney Colonial built circa 1780 might have a central doorway that opened into a front hall. There’d be a set of stairs leading to the sleeping chambers above. The hall might be flanked on either side by a pair “

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of rooms. One was often a “sitting room” that was used for casual family entertainment throughout the week; the other was a formal parlor that was used for entertaining guests and on Sundays. (I’ve given hundreds of tours of historic house museums over the years and have encountered many older visitors who recalled that the parlor was a room that they weren’t allowed in as children). Depending on the style and age of the house, the kitchen would be located in one of the rear rooms or an attached ell. Unlike more modern dwellings that utilize an open concept floor plan, the builders of 200 years ago preferred constructing houses with many smaller rooms. This had two advantages. The floor plans of yore created specialized spaces for meal preparation, food storage, and entertaining. It also allowed for each room to have its own fireplace, an important feature in an age before central heating and modern insulation. “An older home might not be for everyone,” Perry explained. He says that he discusses potential clients’ needs and lifestyle preferences with them at the outset to determine if he can match them with a home that will make them happy. While conceding that some people are happier in new houses, he lauds the quality and longevity of antique structures. Perry noted, “These homes were built on the best pieces of land as towns were settled and became established.” While not downplaying the skills of present-day builders, he praises the level of craftsmanship illustrated in the construction of early New England dwellings. “It is truly superb.” Perry cited the use of mortise-and-tenon joinery and hand-hewn posts and beams as examples. In some homes, the structural members are still visible and add to their rustic charm. Perry added that they were also built with superior materials. “If you look, you can see the tightness of the grain where wood is exposed.” Perry said that the tighter the grain, the stronger and more resilient the framing members are. Retired N.H. Architectural Historian James L. Garvin wrote in the introduction to his 2000 book, A Building History of Northern New England: “A house

constantly responds to its environment and, if well-maintained, resists for centuries those forces that seek to break down all things in nature.” Garvin added, “The engineering embodied in an old house is often ancient and intuitive, having evolved from experiments...over many generations. What has survived the test of time and nature is a series of craft principles of proven soundness.” While there were some basic forms and floor plans that define the architecture of the region of the 1700’s and 1800’s, each structure bears the unique stamp of its builder. And over the centuries, inhabitants made modifications that allowed them to adapt to new realities and changes in lifestyle, illustrating something of a continuum of history. “A lot of the people we help match with an antique home are attracted to older houses’ charm and sense of history,” Perry said. He said that he saw a dip during the recession, which coincided in a near collapse of the antiques and collectibles market. He added that museumquality pieces have been rising in value, but that lower-end pieces are fetching prices a quarter of their value at the height of the market. This is bad news for antiques dealers, but great news for folks looking to decorate an old house with vintage furnishings, flourishes, and collectibles. “You can have something that looks like it’s right out of Country Living magazine for just a fraction of the cost of what it would have 10 or 15 years ago,” Perry said. To this end, furnishings in the Eastlake, Empire, and High Victorian styles of the mid- to late-1800’s can be had for prices that would have been previously unimaginable. The K.A. Perry agency’s real estate listings run the gamut, price-wise, from modest older homes to the opulent. One of their current properties is a circa 1810 center-chimney Colonial on 47 acres in Wolfeboro. Perry’s website describes it as “Estate-quality,” offering “Quality & Historic spaciousness, overlooking some of Wolfeboro’s best remaining pastureland, offering Sun-filled Westerly Mountain VIEWS.” The website says that the house retains most of its original features with the building fabric intact. It also notes that there is an early 1990’s addition - built in

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harmony with the historic building; the addition features a huge 24’ x 20’ kitchen. Perry also manages the sale of historic properties at prices on par with many other houses in the region. An example is a circa 1790 center chimney Colonial with a period attached ell on Old Bay Road in New Durham. The house has retained most of its original features, including two fireplaces, wood floors, a period front stairwell, paneled walls, and more. The K.A. Perry website notes this vintage home sits on five acres and is in driving distance to destinations on the Seacoast and the Lake - fittingly as Old Bay Road was the original route from Portsmouth to Alton Bay. Other listings include the Tuftonboro General Store, an 1830’s Federal in Brookfield, and even a 1979 ranch in Sanbornville. To learn more about the K.A. Agency and view current properties and prices realized at past sales, visit

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Questions to ask before embracing DIY Home improvement projects are as popular as ever. In its recent True Cost Survey, the home improvement site HomeAdvisor found that, between February 2016 and February 2017, homeowners spent an average of just over $5,000 on home projects. That marked a nearly $1,900 increase from the year prior, indicating that homeowners are increasingly opening their wallets to transform their homes. In addition to spending money to improve their homes, many homeowners are spending their time on projects as well. While DIY projects can provide a sense of fulfillment and personal attachment to one’s home, prospective do-it-yourselfers should ask themselves some questions before picking up a hammer and getting to work. Do I have any physical limitations? No matter how much home improvement television shows may simplify projects, prospective DIYers should know that such undertakings are typically very difficult and oftentimes physically demanding. Homeowners with existing health conditions or other physical limitations may not be capable of performing certain tasks or may need to take frequent breaks, which can delay projects. Do I have the time? Many home improvement projects require a significant amount of time to complete. Homeowners whose time is already stretched thin with commitments to work and/or family may not be able to complete projects within a reasonable amount of time. That’s fine if working on a part of the home that won’t affect daily life, but it can prove stressful or problematic if the project is in a room, such as a kitchen or bathroom, that residents of the home use each day. Novice DIYers should be especially honest with themselves about the time they have available to work on the project, as such homeowners are bound to experience a few time-consuming missteps along the way.

Can I afford it? While DIY might seem more affordable than hiring a contractor, that’s not necessarily true. Novice DIYers may need to buy or rent tools, costs that can add up. Contractors already have the tools necessary to begin and complete projects, so the cost savings of DIY might not be as significant as homeowners think. Before going the DIY route, homeowners should solicit estimates from contractors, comparing the estimates to how much a project will cost if homeowners do it themselves. Can I go it alone? Many home improvement projects require more than one set of hands, and it’s risky and even foolish for first-time DIYers to assume they can begin a project and see it through to completion entirely on their own. Homeowners whose spouses, partners, friends, or relatives are willing to chip in may think that’s enough. However, the DIY skills of those who volunteer may be a mystery until the project begins. Novice DIYers should enlist the help of a friend or family member with home improvement experience. If no such person is available, it may be wise to hire a contractor instead. Home improvement projects may seem simple on television. But prospective do-it-yourselfers must make honest assessments of their skills, time and budgets before taking on a DIY project.

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ntegrity, quality, style, image and customer service describes the professional and personal attention you will receive at Image Awnings located at 509 South Main Street in Wolfeboro. Image Awnings designs and builds custom commercial and residential awnings, boat house dock canopies and a wide variety of custom canvas products. All aspects of the manufacturing are done in-house. The aluminum frames for awnings and boathouses are designed and welded in one section of the shop and the Sunbrella canvas covers are constructed and sewn on an oversized sewing table located in an adjacent room. For the past 3+ years, Image Awnings has been totally solar powered by 60 panels located on the property, supplying electricity for lights, heat, air conditioning, welding equipment and sewing machines.

Originally from Middlebury, Vermont, Eric Piper previously worked for an awning company, Otter Creek Industries, for six years. In 1989, Eric and his wife, Amy, and their 10-month old baby, moved to New Hampshire where Eric joined his friend Tim Eaton at the Eaton Awning Company in Wolfeboro. In 1990 Eric purchased the remainder of the company and changed the name to Image Awnings, Inc. Looking around the showroom, the walls are lined with many photos of the awnings designed, created and built by Image Awnings and the company’s loyal employees. Photos of commercial businesses show awnings used for signage as well as shade protection against inclement weather at various businesses and restaurants. Photos of residential homes with attractively styled

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awnings display the diversity of colors and style options of the fabrics used in the manufacturing of awnings. Image Awnings also provides motorized retractable awnings and solar screens. The Eclipse brand of retractable awnings are assembled in Middletown, New York, and installed by Image Awnings. A nice feature about the retractable awning is that it can be motorized and with a push of a button you can control your awning. Some even have an optional sun and wind sensor that will automatically project and retract the awning. Six years ago, a relationship was formed with a company from Pittsfield, New Hampshire. The Pittsfield based company uses Image Awnings for their products that require custom sewing. With a world-wide sales force, this relationship has helped Image Awnings grow the business above and beyond seasonal awnings. Image Awnings services all of New Hampshire and the southern coast of Maine. There are enough orders to keep six employees busy throughout the year. Image Awnings offers its employees full-time year-round employment for as many hours as possible. They have health benefits and a retirement plan. “There is not a lot of turnover,” Eric points out. “Most employees have been with Image Awnings for more than 12 years and I have one employee

who has been with me for 27 years.” Eric and his wife, Amy, have lived in the house connected to Image Awnings since 1992, which has enabled them to raise their three children while, in a sense, “working from home” and growing the company over the years. Their three grown children are now ages 29, 27 and 25 and are employed in NH and VT. Amy is the owner of Signature Events LLC. One of their sons, Colin, who still lives in Wolfeboro, has an auto detailing business, CMP Auto Detailing, located just behind the Image Awnings building. Here are some interesting facts about awnings. Interestingly, in the Ancient World, awnings were first used by the Egyptian and Syrian civilizations. Described as woven mats, they were used to shade market stalls and homes. The Roman Colosseum is a prime example of the use of velarium or awnings. The velarium was a massive complex of retractable shading structures that were positioned above the seating areas. These ancient awnings were made of linen shadecloths, timber framing, iron sockets and rope. The velarium could very easily shade about one-third of the arena and seating. Most likely, it is thought, sailors with sail-making and rigging backgrounds were employed to construct, maintain and operate the velarium. Mid-19th century, after the Civil War, awnings became a popular feature in storefronts and windows. Due to mid-century industrialization, iron plumbing pipe was adapted to awning frames and was available and affordable. With the introduction of steamships, canvas mills and sail makers were compelled to search for new markets. Thus, the awning industry was established, which offered a variety of frames and fabric selections. Awnings have played a very important part in blocking out the sun’s rays and keeping the air inside buildings cooler than the temperatures outdoors. Awnings provide shelter in a light rainstorm and protect furniture from fading. Sunbrella fabric has been recommended by The Skin Cancer Foundation as an aid in the prevention of sun-induced damage to the skin. Since early times, awnings always had, and always will have their place in providing comfort and style to your homes or businesses. It is also thought that awnings may increase the value of property and enhance the appearance of your property while reducing energy consumption during the summer months. For further information on Image Awnings and to view their products go to

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The Magic of the Hoosier Cabinet By Kathi Caldwell-Hopper

Recently I was in a gift shop in the Lakes Region when I saw a Hoosier cabinet loaded down with trendy items for sale. I stopped and stared at the cabinet and although it was covered in a display of lotions, handmade soaps and those nifty pastel colored balls that dissolve in bath water, here and there a portion of the cabinet peeked through. There was a corner of the white enameled top, chipped in one spot with gray metal showing its underbelly. And there was the mellow old wood that comprised the cabinet’s frame. I touched the cold enamel, unable to help myself. Gazing transfixed at the old cabinet and lost in the past, I barely heard a fellow shopper say to me, “Now that brings back memories, doesn’t it?” Indeed, a similar Hoosier, with its many pull-out drawers, cavernous flour bin, places for a jumble of spices and sugar and who knew what else, was a large part of my childhood. My parents were newly married during World War II and I imagine, although I wasn’t around yet, that the cabinet came with them when they moved into our tiny home in the country. It was just about as important as the huge half wood, half gas stove that warmed our entire house and aided my mother in making everything from canned tomatoes to beef stew to Sunday morning doughnuts. While my mother was busy in the rest of our narrow kitchen with its 1950s and 60s appliances, the Hoosier was my special spot. At a young age, I dragged a bright red step stool to the cabinet and spread drawing paper over the enamel surface. In truth, the enamel top was there to aid the housewife by providing a spot to roll out dough and mix ingredients. But on most days, it was where I sat with whatever paper I could abscond from around the house. Rough and nubby construction paper, delicate white tissue paper left over from gift wrapping, lined notebook paper and if all else failed, brown paper grocery bags or the back of an envelope, became the canvas for my imagination. Although my family rarely traveled, I was transported far away from NH and our tiny wooded home as I began to draw. Pencil poised, my thoughts drifted out our front door, down the porch steps, into the driveway and up, up, up over the pine treetops to lands no one in my world had ever experienced. I drew crazy mod outfits for Twiggy in far away London; I created a new line of clothing for high fashion models on the

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New York City runway. I drew happy families on camping trips, snuggled into warm sleeping bags or sitting around a campfire roasting marshmallows, a dark night sky and a bright half moon and twinkling stars high overhead. Or I created fashion magazines, the models in wild outfits, extreme makeup painting their faces. My mother would talk to me as she bustled around the kitchen; I heard but somehow didn’t hear her chatter. I inherited that trick from her, I suppose, although I didn’t know it then. She could spend an afternoon painting or braiding a rug and become so lost in the colors and dream-like world that the supper burned in the oven or the incessant, shrill ring of the party line telephone went unanswered. It was a wonderful trick, I came to see over the years, a way to let the creative world take over while the rest of it – the bills,

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the phone, the meals to make – all faded to nothingness. The Hoosier became a Mecca where I really felt like a fashion designer or storybook creator or whatever I might at that moment have wished to be. Now and then dusty flour would drift around the edges of the bin onto my drawing, adding a magical snowstorm look to the picture or the scent of cinnamon or cloves would waft around me and take me to Arabian lands full of rich spices. As a teenager, the enamel surface, cold and welcoming on a hot summer’s day, was where I spread out a library book and read poetry for the first time. Encouraged but totally unschooled, I began to write free form poetry at the Hoosier cabinet. I came across some of my childhood drawings a few years ago. (My mother, for some reason, saved my old art work as mothers sometimes do.) The construction paper was brittle and yellow with the years, but there was an outlandish drawing of a fashion plate woman with a helmet hat that half covered her heavily made up eyes. “Outfit for Twiggy” I wrote in 10-year-old script across the top of the paper. I had to laugh and wonder what was going on when I drew that picture. It could have been deep winter when my mother was sitting at her desk paying the bills or it might have been high summer when she was in her garden, drifting dreamily through the tall and puffy Hills of Snow or fragrant Sweet William flowers, as removed from the every day as I was when I sat at my Hoosier cabinet. After I graduated from high school and we moved, I lost track of the Hoosier. It may have stayed in the house when my parents sold the property. Wherever it is today – and I hope it still graces someone’s home – I like to think of a child finding one of my old drawings shoved into a drawer of the cabinet while exploring the nooks and crannies of the Hoosier. I can picture another little girl discovering my faded drawing of a happy family. She might like the picture of the children asleep in a tent with a magical night sky and a swirl of stars high above. Perhaps she would decide to try her hand at drawing and succumb, deliciously and totally, to the lure of putting pencil to paper. She would be transported to snowy Russia, to hot and exotic desert lands and to fashionable Paris or trendy California, with the touch of her pencil. And all the while the mellow old Hoosier would embrace her as she settled in and found her place for all the years ahead.

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