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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Fan Letter

I get lots of fan letters in my email box saying how great the homes are and how smart I am and to 'keep it up', and I appreciate them all - considering we really do work at it pretty hard. I doubt any team works harder than mine does.

But here's a nice letter from an acquaintance -

"....Third, thanks for extending the offer to check out your nearly-finished work over on Tuthill Road. In a word, WOW. Seriously, we were both really impressed. In fact, seeing these places kinda wrecked my life... well, at least a portion of it anyway. It's like this: I've been wanted to restore an old house since about age five. (No, seriously... for "fun", my parents used to take us kids out for long drives to just look at houses. I was the only one of three who actually enjoyed it.) Recently, I had the opportunity to walk through a classic old farmhouse, circa 1890, that had been meticulously restored. I hated it. The floors were all pitched in different directions, the layout was choppy, the flow sucked and I nearly got a scalp burn from the low ceilings.

Then I walk through your places on Tuthill and it hits me like a ton of bricks: I don't want an old house, I want a "new-old" house. One that, at first glance, looks like it could have been built at the turn of the century and has been hermetically sealed... but then you notice things like a useable layout, insulated walls and a heating system that actually works. And let's be blunt: you've MASTERED the new-old-house aesthetic. Your places are homey, beautiful and practical. I love, love, LOVE that you've taken a New York City ideal - making the most of your god-given square footage - and incorporated the concept into another genre. Your houses make sense, especially in the current economy. I sincerely hope that your style is the way of the future, away from the dreaded "McMansion" and back to homes that are sensible, practical, well-built and... oh, hell, I'll say it: pretty. I mean, c'mon... I don't know anyone who wouldn't think that Cottage 22 is a handsome little house. (Of course, I live in New England and all my friends have fantastic taste, but that's another matter.)

So, yes... this is a fan letter. I hope you know it's just compliments from a neighbor who digs houses and not from someone who's CCFCP (Coo-Coo For Cocoa Puffs)."

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