March 22, 2010


Yes!!  You read that correctly........he is now on the market!

Corporate by day...........master carpenter........ as time allowed.

BUT, I have been terribly selfish..........terribly

The vast majority of his craft has been for me and my ever expanding list

Why the sudden change of heart?       Corporate just said "Thank you for your decades of service."

Translate...................(we can get someone younger and cheaper)

My suggestions were not embraced.  He could learn to COOK

Take over the duty of DISH you can read , MOST DO!

For long time readers, you know my love of bagpipes........he could become a PIPER!!

Well, since all my suggestions have been refuted, there must be something else..................

Something, he must do something before I run. Shades of "what is for breakfast?" and "where are you going?" are whispered.

So is your chance!!!!    Remember those past posts, the one's that showed his handy work and all of you that wrote saying "I sure wish I had a Steve in my life!"

Let's review his projects with minimum commentary and "impartial" enthusiasm

Remember this? He designed and built the stove surround

I love it, looks appropriately old...........this is an 1850's cottage

Another kitchen shot. Totally designed and built by Steve; cabinets, ceiling, opening you see to the foyer which was not there before.

Master Bedroom. Sure wish I had the "before". This entire wall was a fireplace with sheets of plywood on either side with finger holes to slide back and forth to enter the closet. Again the ceiling and he stripped the floors. Can you imagine that at one point someone glued linoleum to these floors?

Den;  Was previously a gut wrenching wallpaper of powder blue and peach (remember those days?). Steve removed the powder blue wall to wall cheap carpeting, the ceilings including rescued barn beams, he added the high shelf and I hired for the wallpaper; Brunschwig & Fils 'On Pointe'.

Having always heard "couples that hang wallpaper together go to court together." 

Then I NEEDED a animals, yet...........but a place to house my landscape equipment, projects and antiques for the shop.              sorry.....ugly Illinois in March photo's.

All built by hand, Steve did everything including electrical and plumbing, everything....well almost......the concrete floor was contracted.

Cupolas are a favorite architectural element. Stand back and look at your home..........could a cupola enhance it? Give it presence? If you opt to go in that direction error on the side of larger than too small.

Of course a pass through was needed to get from the pool to the pond. This year he added lights up inside the peak that reflect down and sets off a warm glow. Oh, and take a peak at the double decker birdhouse.....who else?

Many of you have seen this photo here before, but in case you have not...........feast your eyes on the powder blue aluminum siding, dirty awning and negligent landscaping. This photo is from the day of purchase.

Siding and awning off. Overhangs built over the doors. Thick white molding around the windows and at the corners.................

The pool house had to match, here you can get a better view of the white molding trim earlier referenced. New door in high gloss black, three dimensional dog head sprayed in high gloss black.

Wait, I just remembered.........I need shutters on the house in high gloss black, the real kind that open and close, with shutter dogs!

A lamp post

And........once in a great while.........time to do a project for a client. This is one of our treasured landscape clients. For Sharon a contemporary pergola was designed and crafted by Steve

Go for it Steve! You have supported my passions, now it is your turn!

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