They are debating, among other things, the color scheme for the exterior. A name like “The Red House” aka “Big Red” puts some constraints on one’s choices. The current red is actually quite brown; I think they may end up going a bit redder, perhaps ala the Cahoon Museum.
The bigger debate is over the trim and windows. As with Laughing Gull Hill, they are going with the traditional black window sashes. The white storms that cover most of the windows will go away. The question, then, is should the trim be white? No, was the conclusion. Go with red; the black will really pop. We also had a discussion about the cedar posts on the porch The conclusion: Love ’em!
As an aside, strolling around Cotuit yesterday, it hit me for the first time how few houses are anything but white, weathered cedar shakes or, like ours, neutrally stained shakes. It’s really pretty amazing. And, it might sound boring, but it feels right for the old village.
Inside, we could still see into the walls which were ready to close up after inspection. Like us, C&A went with sprayed-in dense foam insulation. Very tight and it even adds some structural integrity. The electrical work looks extremely well-done with super neat wiring reminds me of the cabling in a data center. (Wish I’d gotten a good picture; too late now.) The size of the living room is really impressive. It’s beautifully bright with the new windows.
I’m also impressed with the contractor’s speed. Carol sent me these pics on Thursday showing the wall board in place. That step forward feels like a real turning point; you can see light at the end of the tunnel. They should be in well before the summer.
Will keep you updated on the Red House and as we continue to tweak Laughing Gull Hill.