I’ll Take Glutton for Punishment for $800 Alex 

With the Bedford renovation in the books, now’s the time to git ‘r done, Rhode Island Style. The windows are all and this past weekend, two massive ledger boards went up that will carry two decks.

Spacers so water goes behind the ledger board. 

Deck #1 will be off living room – two french doors will be put up soon.

The second deck is off the kitchen, to house the BBQ.

The best new addition is the ClamDoor, a fabulous Rhode Island designed fiberglass bulkhead, marketed by our great local building supply store, Humphrey’s, out of Tiverton. The Clam Door handsomely replaces the ugly metal Bilco doors that are famous for rusting, especially at homes near or on the ocean. It was easy to install (so says Mr. EOS). I helped by holding the Mint Julep. 🙂

There’s a plan afoot of being able by fall to have some simple way to use the new Carriage House – a toilet, a sink, a microwave. Deck chairs for the sunset. What else could anyone want?

I remind anyone who says “what’s taking so long” to absorb the detail that Mr. EOS is doing this 100% by himself….from crafting a way to lift the windows up to the second story to moving and assembling the scaffolding. Labor of love (and some days hate, at the high winds off the ocean that prevent some detail work).

Circle Summer of 2016 for the deck party!

14 thoughts on “I’ll Take Glutton for Punishment for $800 Alex 

  1. Would Mr EOS want to build a barn, say in Bedford…. You know it would be done right.

    The RI carriage house looks splendid. How do you plan to use it? The clamshell bulkhead door is a cool design.

    1. Well, I’d like to be alive to use the barn. Ba-dum-dum. 🙂

      Mr. EOS is a perfectionist, to his credit and to his hindrance. A corner is square, period. No short cuts, nothing slapped up, nothing half-assed. It’s either done right or it isn’t done. HE might like to build the barn but it’s not practical.

      The Carriage House will be our RI home, simple, new, easy to walk away from in winter. The big old family home didn’t suit our lifestyle – we’re all about simplifying each residence. Summer will mean fishing, gardening, walking, sunning. Not worrying that the pipes will burst or the furnace will die.

      1. what, no tennis?
        You may find you like the low maintenance so much that you end up spending more time in RI than in Bedford.

        1. Golf. No home maintenance.

          As you know, here in Bedford we eliminated the tennis court and pool, creating the same opportunity to close the door and be gone. Not to mention eliminating major major upkeep costs. The older we get, the less we need things. Not really, but you get my drift. 🙂

  2. First time I’ve seen the Clam Door in “person”. Totally cool concept design and functionality. You’d think it would be the default in your neck of the woods. My father-in-law has a cabin on Cape Cod and his Bilco door has rusted through two or three times – even with coats of rust-proof paint. I’,m going to send him this post. If you don’t mind me asking, is the Clam Door expensive?

    That’s one amazing house-build Sir EOS. I don’t know how you manage doing it alone but I hope someone documents it all for a book or film. Kudos.

  3. I love the gambrel roof line. It’s extraordinary workmanship. How’s the Carriage House laid out – first and second floors?

    I’m a fan of yours at FWIW. Thanks for the link here.

    1. The first floor has a garage, entry foyer, stairs to the second level, laundry, bathroom and a large room that could be (a) storage for the Kubota or (b) office/den/guest room. Stay tuned to see who wins the discussion! There’s also space framed out for a future elevator, if at some time one or the other of us can’t use the stairs.

      The second floor is pretty much an open concept. Huge high ceilings, living room opens onto deck, dining area, kitchen, bedroom, bathroom. Killer views.

  4. I have the distinct advantage of knowing where your RI house is so don’t go thinking of having a party without me. Hubby is a huge fisherman – growing up in Britain, he and his father would head to Scotland to fish every chance they got. He’ll come too. I want to see the beach you always post videos of and I want to walk to the farmers market you use and see that the original holly hock plant that was the cover photo of the calendar is still alive and well. You did take care of that, didn’t you? I want to hang my clothes out on the line of yours and I want to sit and stare at the ocean. That’s not too much to ask of a friend, is it?

  5. Looks like Senor EOS is moving along very perfectly.
    Single-handedly, and I’d love to hear why he has no hired hands.
    Also, cannot imagine replacement cost since all it’s HQ all the way.
    Before this big deal construction, it was all about his lobster traps and a funky canoe!

    1. Still is about lobster traps and the canoe. Except the canoe has sprung a leak making it tougher to access lobster traps.
      Only Mr. EOS can answer question about why no hired hands but my version is that this is something he set out to do and by golly, he’s going g to do it. A mental and physical challenge keeps one young.

  6. I love the look of the Clam Door … it makes me think of Falcon Enamelware cookware, the white-enameled metal bowls and baking dishes with navy blue “piping” at the edges. I also wonder if they’d be useful down here as doors for in-ground tornado shelters — tha basic design of which has not changed since “The Wizard of Oz..”

    1. Aaah, Falcon Enamelare. There’s a name out of the past. As I mentioned in the post, the marketing done by the ClamDoor people is quite awful – their social media accounts are barely used, they don’t seem to reach beyond Newport County for advertising, yet, like you mentioned, their product is not only good looking, but surely must have uses beyond just solving the rusty Bilco doors everyone else has. Marketing a product well is the most expensive aspect of any invention.

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