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Old 09-23-2015, 04:18 PM
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I just finished a really fun book, The House with Sixteen Hand Made Doors, by Henry Petrovsky. I think many of you would enjoy it.

Its non-fiction. Here's the set-up. Engineering professor (Petrovsky) and his wife buy a summer cottage in Coastal Maine. Turns out that the house was built by an engineer with good craftsman skills in the early fifties. The house, and the environment it sits in, has many quirks that intrigue Petrovsky. He talks to neighbors, the builders descendants, local carpenters, etc and comes to understand many of the reasons for the odd design choices.

Subplots include tough, stubborn Mainers vs. naive intellectual who wants his rural cabin more like his city house, the difficulty of Maine winters, and designing a house around the needs of a family.

While P's engineering is sound, he gets a few of the woodworking bits not quite right. Still its a fun read. Part detective story, part appreciation of craftsmanship and design.

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Amazon.com: sixteen handmade doors
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Sounds interesting. I find it funny though, that 'cottage' has more doors than my house unless I include the bedroom closet sliders and the garage roll up. It seems I operate at a lower pay grade LOL.
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Old 09-23-2015, 09:08 PM
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Sounds interesting. I find it funny though, that 'cottage' has more doors than my house unless I include the bedroom closet sliders and the garage roll up. It seems I operate at a lower pay grade LOL.
Good one!

That was one of the quirks about the place. It sat on a ledge of granite, so the only "basement" was a depression in the rock. Working alone, he couldn't handle the ridge pole for a sloped roof, so it has an almost flat roof.
So no storage nooks. The guy's solution was lots of closets, each with an arts and crafts style door.
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Old 09-23-2015, 09:58 PM
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Sounds really fun! Thanks for sharing the idea. I'll look into that book.
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