Attention to Details
The amount of handwork was pretty 19th century, too. "We back-primed each piece," Thompson says of the new clapboards, "then let it dry, installed it, and had it sit for a year so the oils could leach out before painting." To further enhance the facade's historic-street cred, Paul replaced broken panes with old glass and had the crew fabricate gutters and flashing out of copper coated with lead for a soft, antiqued finish.
Shown: The small deck in back of the cottage after the renovation.