Shingle Style Summer Cottage

This 1890s Shingle Style summer cottage on the rocky coast of Maine has been in the same family since 1905.

It was expanded by the first generation in 1910 and altered again in the 1960s, when the second generation replaced the original double-hung windows with off-the-shelf casement sash, reshingled the exterior to mask the changed window sizes, and made some interior modifications.

The fourth generation has recently replaced the failed 1960s casement windows with custom made double-hung sash that replicate the original windows, repointed the stone first story and chimneys, and re-shingled the exterior – restoring original details lost in the 1960s work. I’ve had the pleasure to be the historic consultant for this project.

The combination of owners committed to honoring the original character of the cottage and a contractor with a skilled and experienced crew (and a historic consultant to identify what had changed over time and provide guidance for the work to be done) prepared this cottage for another century of life.

I wrote “Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners” to help guide homeowners who are restoring a house without the benefit of a consultant and possibly doing some or all of the work themselves.

Signed and personalized copies of the award-winning and bestselling 720-page hardcover book are available from the author in our shop, YourHistoricHouse.com/shop/.

Our shop also carries select preservation and restoration titles by other authors.

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