And we do that a lot - 'making it happen' - with all the things that can come in the way of the finish line, or actually the starting line, Catskill Farms has a great record of helping families figure out what they want, and then the strategy to make it happen. It's not easy, but our end to end integrated approach leaves few persons swallowed up by all the seams and crevices inherent in the process.
Cottage 40, in Bearsville, is inspired by Matthew and Sarah's Cottage 36 in Narrowsburg, and now it appears we will be doing a deal on Cottage 43 in Saugerties on a house that is similar. It's always a double-edged sword bitter-sweet pill for our clients that pioneer a new path or design - it's quite the compliment to have persons with good taste choose a design you had a hand in designing, specially since these new folks are typically quite discerning. But at the same time, some of the absolute purity is lost when we do a design more than once, but in the end it's the nature of the beast, and typically, the similarities are basically the structure, with the finishes and design approach in general being fresh and unique onto the new persons aesthetic.
Cottage 2 is Cottage 6 is Cottage 18 is Cottage 22 is Cottage 38 is Cottage 41. Little bigger, little smaller, darker, lighter, bigger porch, finished basement, red, brown, natural, blue.
This 3 bedroom 2 bath home has been a winner since it was built, inspiring a few families to pull the trigger (and I don't even think I can give all of the credit the subtle decorating humor of Cottage 36 owners). It's just a hot little house with a lot of punch.
It's a good design and we spent a few hours nailing it down and making it work. That's Carl, from Glasco Cottage fame, checking out what we are doing at Cottage 40 and the Craftsman over in Saugerties, either for inspiration or in order to continually gauge our professionally. I'm fine with either. The more people see us in action, be through the blog or in real life, the more they believe they can pull this 'build the perfect little house' thing off.
Tito the painter stays right with us, which is quite the accomplishment considering how many homes we have going at any point. While we have 2 framing crews and several masons and excavators we only have one painter, and he's good at what he does.
The Thing about the Herman Miller Eames Lounger is its arrogance. I have one in my office, on my polished concrete floor, underneath my vintage typewriter collection. It's comfy, but the angle is not adjustable - these designers in the 1950's just decided they knew what was best, and how to get most comfortable in a seated position to read or relax. And they designed and marketed a chair based on their feeling that they knew best.
I feel the same way - at this point, we know how keep our clients aligned for success, and we are very serious they keep the chair in the right position.