Hello world!

After a hundred years of living in, restoring and designing 18th century homes and woodwork, I have a few opinions on the subject.   OK, I exaggerate, it’s been forty, but feels like a hundred.  The purpose of this blog is to share, sometimes to vent, and hopefully, at times to inspire, others with the fascinating world of 18th century architecture.

4 thoughts on “Hello world!

  1. Great idea Linda. I want to visit you blog on a daily basis just to look at that wonderful photo. Your feelings really resonate with me as I sit in my plastic rental house here in North Carolina. There are many beautiful colonial houses here as you very well know but the majority of communities have structures with altars attached- altars to the automobile. In some gated communities the attached garages are bigger than the house. And when I say plastic I do mean this litterally. The moldings, the doors the cupboards, the windows are all plastic attempting to look llike wood, glass. In my particular neighbourhood the going rate for such a house is half a million- has the world gone mad ! The mud hut I lived in in Cameroun had better proportions and felt more like a home ! However, I do think it is possible to get it right using modern design, unfortunately most of us cannot afford a colonial house with all the wondeful features you describe, but that is another discussion.

    • Hi Jackie – thank you for responding! Oh my, you are a very brave woman to live in that plastic world. And yes, there are so many beautiful historic homes there. I agree, they can be expensive. But that means they are obviously in demand. I find any place where our heritage houses are concentrated is the place people are drawn to, the place they go to enjoy a rich ambiance, to touch the past, to connect to what’s perceived as – however mistakenly – a simpler time. Yet, in spite of that, so many builders, driven solely by economy, build with anything but wood. It rots, it shrinks, it swells, it’s totally inconvenient – but it’s real! And that’s why, most of us, love it.

      A house built of natural materials doesn’t have to cost a fortune. If they built smaller, simpler and smarter, and took more into consideration than the financial bottom line, our built world could be a much more satisfying place.

      Thanks again for commenting.


      PS – I do like modern design too. Again, it’s a matter of aesthetics, materials, and consideration of place. I’ll save that discussion for another post.

  2. Hi, I just stumbled upon your blog based on links from mine, Preservation in Pink. I’m excited to read about your old house tales. It sounds wonderful and your tone in your writing is soothing. My fiance and I look forward to restoring/rehabbing our own old house one day, but for now we’re grad students living in an itty bitty apartment (that is part of a historic house) and we love it. Glad to have found you.

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