We were in by Thanksgiving, as promised—just three years later—and three years after that we are still adding finishing touches. Elaine is now the town mayor, and I’ve become its crusading preservationist. We also have our perfect empty nest. Only problem is, from my favorite chair in the library I can see another house we’ve taken on directly across the street. It’s an 1860s Italianate, and it needs a lot of work.
Exterior color consultant: Bob Buckter, Architectural Color Design
Iron cresting: Architectural Iron Co.
Roofing, shingles, and siding: CertainTeed
Metal-roof ridge rolls: Berger Building Products Inc.
Exterior paint strippers: The Silent Paint Remover
Exterior door hardware: Preservation Station