Crow’s Pond, Chatham, MA

The next project that we are going to do is in Chatham, MA, overlooking Crow’s Pond. We have actually already completed some work there earlier this summer, installing a stone veneer around the house, as well as four sets of stairs and bluestone caps around the various entranceways and patios. We have also added 2 sets of egresses, which are required by code for a house without a bulkhead. Once again, we get a great view of the water here on Cape Cod to gaze at while we’re working.

We will be returning in the coming months to complete our work, finishing the granite patios and walkways, as well as a stone veneer surrounding the house, coming up about three feet from the ground. However, despite all the beautiful stonework we will be doing around this home, what we’re most excited about is the chimney and fireplaces. This house was originally constructed in the early 1800s, and the hope was to rebuild it while keeping as much of the original look intact. With that being said, we will be rebuilding five Rumford fireplaces, three on one floor and two on the next. These fireplaces will be unique to the fact that they will be a Rumford design, meaning they will be angled so as to keep heat in while allowing very little to escape with the smoke. We will also be using some bricks from the original chimneys and fireplaces for the top of the current chimney on the roof. We were very upset we had to tear the original down, but can’t wait to tackle the challenge of rebuilding it and delivering a product that would make the original builders, and our customer, very proud.

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Nauset Beach, Orleans, MA

Right now we are working on a new construction home, overlooking Nauset Beach in Orleans, MA. It is a magnificent spot with a great view of the water, making for a really pleasant work environment. We always sit in the back of the house while eating lunch, as the view of the water is almost too good to pass up.

The home is one of very unique architecture inside and out, and that starts with the granite water table that wraps around the house, complete with a bluestone cap that comes up right around where the window starts. Each stone is cut and hand-worked before being laid, ensuring a nice, natural stone look, varying in size and color.

In addition to the water table, we are also going to be building two chimneys, which include three fireplaces. We will also be using varying sizes and colors of granite, although will be including some larger stones on the fireplaces inside the home and porch area. The chimneys will run naturally into the water table, while continuing to display that same natural look. Our work will be completed with six sets of steps leading to the various doors around the home, as well as a few granite columns along the front entranceway. We have really enjoyed the challenges this project has presented so far and look forward to delivering a beautiful finished product in the coming months.

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Sharks on Cape Cod

Every summer here in Cape Cod, we welcome visitors from all over the world to enjoy our beautiful National Seashore beaches and take in everything the Cape has to offer. However, over the past couple of years we have welcomed some unexpected visitors, those being Great White Sharks. Due to the growing seal population, the Great Whites have traveled here as the waters are filled with great food for them to prey on. In the three main summer months, June, July, and August, there were over 120 shark sightings here on Cape Cod, many of them in the Orleans and Chatham area. While working on Nauset Beach, it was just about every day that we saw a spotter plane directing a boat in the water on where the shark was, in order to tag and track it.

However, this is no reason to be alarmed. Shark attacks are extremely rare, and in the event that one does happen, people often walk away with minor injuries. The National Seashore also does a great job of alerting people and keeping them out of the water if a shark is nearby. In addition, the sharks are not really interested in us humans, as there are plenty of seals for them to focus their attention on. If you still don’t feel safe, you can check out the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy’s Sharktivity App for some tips on Shark Safety.