Exterior Door Flashing Issue

By Robert Robillard

 Door flashing and Weather-Resistant Construction: On a recent project we were hired to replace the pressure treated decking and railing on a porch and replace everything with mahogany.  A pretty straightforward project, or at least that’s what I thought.  The door was leaking at the sill and had an exterior door flashing issue.While removing the…

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Door Replacement

By Robert Robillard

Replacing a Front Door:  It’s Never As EASY… As It First Appears!   BEFORE PHOTO The red door below is circa 1940. The bottom rail was cracked and the door did not close / seal well and was leaking air, a perfect candidate for a door replacement. The homeowners were replacing the old damaged oak…

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Cupola Renovation

By Robert Robillard

Rebuilding A Cupola A Challenging, Exciting and Rewarding Project!  The cupola pictured in this article is located on top of 57-59 Main Street in Concord, Massachusetts.                   Time For A Paint Job? Many folks see buildings and structures looking shabby and assume a coat of paint is…

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Porch Copper Drainage System

By Robert Robillard

In Floor Porch Copper Drainage System This beautiful homes covered porch had a tongue and groove fir floor that was pitched to the outside and drained any water into a fir wood gutter. The gutter surround the perimeter edge of the porch and drained through lead tubes to the ground below. These pipes are hidden…

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Build A Privacy Screen

By Robert Robillard

Constructing a Cedar Privacy Screen The picture below is the rooftop patio at a Winchester, MA Condo project we worked on.    Our client wanted us to build a privacy screen to block the view but still allow in light onto her roof deck. I decided to construct the new screen out of high quality 1″ thick…

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Stained Glass Window

By Robert Robillard

Re-purposing A Stained Glass Window I love stained glass and stain glass windows.  I found and purchased this beautiful stain glass window at the Brimfield, MA fair. I’m guessing the window was circa early 1900’s or maybe earlier.  Either way I bought it with the intention of making a frame for it and installing it…

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Acrylic Block Windows

By Robert Robillard

   Acrylic Block Windows Offer Light, Privacy And Egress Options   While at the 2010 Baltimore, MD Remodelers Show I came across a company that produces acrylic block windows. I was familiar with the heavy glass block that you need a mason to install but not the acrylic block. It was interesting enough to share…

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Factory Finished Siding

By Robert Robillard

Using Factory Finished Siding and Pre-Primed Siding: Most people think of using factory finished siding when they are considering using cement board siding.  In my neck of the woods most of the homes are wood clad and I end up using alot of cedar clapboards and shingles for siding these homes. I’m a big fan of…

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