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Zippitty Do-Don’t

Volume 1   Issue 5 by Michael Connor, President In the two hundred year evolution of sheathing for houses, we’ve gone from boards to plywood to OSB (oriented strand board) and the latest entry, water-resistant treated OSB. The latter is sold as the ZIP-WALL System (a roof sheathing version is also available) and is marketed…

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How Round Are Your Square Feet?

Volume 1   Issue 4 by Michael Connor, President & Founder   The professionals in the residential building world love to toss around formulae relating to every aspect of the construction process, from building costs to financing, and the most common denominator in these calculations is unmistakably the square foot.  It’s the one piece of…

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What’s New is Old Again | S35, E26

Here’s a synopsis from the final episode: As work winds down and winter winds up, Kevin and Roger assess the exterior transformation. Erik Kaminski and Kevin build a custom closet from off-the-shelf piping. Norm and Tommy walk through the mudroom and living room to see Kristina ‘s designs. Richard shows Kevin the brand-new geothermal heating…

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The North Shore Farmhouse: Instant Charmer

TOH TV follows along as a couple’s quest for quality leads them to a factory-built home JILL CONNORS  |  THIS OLD HOUSE MAGAZINE   Modern Methods, Classic Details: After Bill and April Harb used to escape their cramped condo in the city by going for hikes or walks along the beach on Boston’s North Shore. It…

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Open House–South Burlington, VT – May 2016

Our Open House this last weekend in South Burlington was a wonderful success! (Scroll to the bottom to view the open house photos). Friends of the owner, other current Connor homeowners, potential clients and many Connor Homes staff met and mingled with our lovely hostess, Mike Connor and builder Matt Laberge. The house plan is…

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A Race to the Punch List | S35, E25

Here is a synopsis from this episode: Erik Kaminski finishes the staircase with a maple newel post. Kevin works with landscape architect Kim Turner to connect a reproduction antique light fixture to a granite lamppost. Richard shows the systems for getting water from the well. Scott Caron shows how the backup generator is installed. Electrician…

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Classical Gaffes

Common Design Errors to Avoid in Traditional Architecture Volume 1   Issue 3 by Michael Connor, President Designing the “New Old House” requires the application of countless architectural principles that relate to the period and style being attempted, but there are some general rules that can be universally applied, and here are a few of what…

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House Requires Some Assembly | S35, E24

Here is a synopsis from this episode: Erik takes delivery of the kitchen cabinets, and Kevin assists with installation. They head outside to start work on the driveway. In the backyard, landscape architect Kim Turner shows Roger how she’s installing reclaimed granite as a rustic patio. The den gets some formal wainscoting. The homeowners meet…

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Making New Look Old | S35, E23

Here is a synopsis from this episode: General contractor Erik Kaminski shows Kevin how he installs clapboard siding. Roger, landscape architect Kim Turner, and homeowner Bill select salvaged granite for the yard. Richard and Erik discuss the insulation plan for the house. Richard sees how the geothermal pipes are connected in the basement. At the…

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