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Our client's oak table and crank phone fit right in with the new period kitchen

The Cottage (part 2)

August 1, 2019

When the Red Beach cottage was built and by whom is still an open question. It has been added to and altered a number of times during its long life. Census records suggest occupation on that site as early as 1910. Structural tells found during the demo phase; square nails, hand planed beaded moldings, lath and plaster marks and extra wide old growth pine sheathing suggest an earlier date - 1860 to 1880.

The historic Holmestead circa 1856.

Summer Newsletter

August 19, 2017

Our latest kitchen and pantry project in the historic, circa 1850, Benjamin R. Jones home in Dennysville and detailed in the blog, 'Square Nails and Tells', now has its finishing touches. Our clients took a trip down to historic Little Compton, RI and the Antique Stove Hospital to pick up their freshly rehabilitated kitchen stove.

Looking into the kitchen from the restored pantry.

Square Nails and Tells (part 1)

May 28, 2017

It's good that our current kitchen restoration is almost finished, as we have nearly depleted our stash of assorted antique square nails. For the sake of authenticity, they've been 'driven' into a new home; the historic c.1850, Benjamin R. Jones house, in Dennysville, on the town road leading to the Narrows.

Our on-site workshop - the porch of the Queen Anne.

Trimming Out

January 15, 2012

The dining room and kitchen in our Queen Anne house project in Eastport had been stripped of its architectural elements and covered up with birch veneer paneling - virtually head to toe. Fortunately the rest of the house was left intact, giving us a model to work from.

The stenciled clock in our upstairs hall.


October 25, 2011

We are pleased to announce the addition of a new line of gift boxes to our The Tradition of the New collection.

Moosewood from the seashore.

The Summer Me

October 15, 2011

On the heels of finishing the ‘in-home’ phase of our current kitchen renovation and with Labor Day approaching - we headed down the coast for one last summer adventure. Old friends from my days at Syracuse University had invited us for a visit.

Our new kitchen with vintage sink, painting above, 'Springs' by Mary Rood Hendler

And Finally, Cabinets

May 29, 2011

Building new cabinets is one part creative thinking and one part problem solving. There are many practical questions to work through.

A kitchen centerpiece

Some Light on the Matter

May 20, 2011

Peeling back the layers of our significantly altered kitchen, unearthed just one original feature that had actually survived intact - the 4 inch wide, clear pine, strip floor.

A walk through our pantry...

Our Pantry

March 24, 2011

After the kitchen walls were back in place - our next order of business was to finish the pantry. It would be the first fully completed room in the house.

Northeast view of the Inn c.1900 - c. 1690s wing on right. In background;  KIF recently  became stewards of  five acres of open land to be preserved with a portion dedicated to a Havens-Ketcham Cutural Center.

The Ketcham Inn (Part 2)

December 15, 2010

On the first day of December, 1698, just a month and a half after purchasing a large tract of land known as Warracta Neck, the blacksmith, Samuel Terrill, suffered a calamity so severe that it would leave himself and his family homeless.

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