Reader Remodel Contest | Yard and Garden | Sample Entry: Lynn and Harry A.
Best Yard Remodel 2016 | Location: Winterport, Maine | What they did: Built a 12-by-20-foot screened-in cottage, tucked within an apple orchard, with lumber milled from the trees on their property. | Their story: "Harry and I are serial renovators and have never lived in a home that wasn't at least 100 years old. After we finished an eight-year DIY renovation of our current house, a 1790s Colonial, we needed a new project, and a screened-in cottage was the perfect solution—it allows us to enjoy spring and summer in the buggy Maine woods, and was a nice compromise since Harry wasn't eager to let me build a tree house."
After | Pine clapboards for the screened-in cottage were not harvested from the Andersons' land; they came from a mill up the road.
Before | A pile of first cuts sits in front of a stack of squared timbers.
Homeowner-Crafted Farmhouse-Style Table | Lynn made the farmhouse-style table with eastern larch legs, topped with cherry and white pine.
What we learned | When harvesting and preparing wood, stack and stick it out of the sun and off the ground. Paint the ends to minimize checking, and regularly turn the hardwoods, so they don't warp. Cut lots more than you think you'll need; there’s p...
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