The Iris Tectorum are exquisite this spring. Lilac and lush, with flat, fan-shaped leaves and intricate petals worthy of orchids, Tectorum are more petite than the great bearded specimens of the Tennessee state flower. The blooms in my yard look like they have been plucked from a minor Van Gogh. I suspect their current flamboyance comes courtesy … Continue reading The Flowery Language of Construction
In my work at a design/build/handyman firm, I've come to regard icemakers—the kind that sits independently, under a countertop, for example—as Public Enemy No. 1. I can't count the number of times I've had a variation of this conversation: "Hello, this is Carrington." "Yes, hi, I'm calling because my hardwood floors are buckling." "Do you … Continue reading Rage Against the Ice Machine
Remember when you were a kid and you drew pictures of houses? Each house had a triangular roof, square windows and a rectangular door—until some predictable spurt of brain development prompted you to add shutters to the windows and your parents declared you a savant. I'm guessing you probably never thought much more about shutters … Continue reading What’s It Gonna Take to Shutter Up?
I haven't read much about parenting, because, I've been busy... parenting. But I once heard a family counselor cite a study that showed life's happiest memories coincide with the presence of three things: Dad, fried food, and an element of danger. While the speaker didn't say as much, I assume the data correlate to a … Continue reading Elements of Danger
The more time I spend working on the repair and maintenance of houses, the more I see firsthand that water is the enemy. Water is sneaky. It trickles from chimneys and drips from plumbing hoses. It scoots under flashing and slides down walls. In certain cases, it has the audacity to enter through the door—especially … Continue reading Pitch-Perfect Porch
My colleagues at The Wills Company recently devised and executed a storage solution that is so clever I had to share. Here was the situation: A basement crawlspace accessible by removing a hatch from the floor of a coat closet. Sure, that sounds innovative enough in and of itself, until you consider that a 2x4 … Continue reading It’s a Gas, Gas, Gas